Ritalin use continues to skyrocket
Pharmacists in Quebec are continuing to fill prescriptions for Ritalin at record rates.
Ritalin is used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and narcolepsy and, last year the Quebec government paid out $30-million in prescription costs through the provincial drug insurance plan.
Figures from the Health Insurance Board show that in the first eight months of this year more than 440-thousand prescriptions were filled, a 13% increase from the same period last year.
Those numbers do not include prescriptions paid for through private insurance plans.
Ritalin use in Quebec has skyrocketed in recent years.
In all of 2007, the government spent about $12-million dollars on the medication.
The medical profession remains divided over the issue with proponents saying the drug is used to treat serious health problems while opponents contend that Ritalin is being overprescribed.