Ritalin, Ritalout

Sam Seneviratne, Frances Tennant


This paper investigates the validity of the medical prescription, effects and antidote of Ritalin in the episode titled ‘Timmy 2000’ of the popular US animation series ‘South Park’ [1]. The TV show is seen to give some indication of what the desired effects and side effects may look like in children who are taking Ritalin. However, the diagnosis of the disorder, the specificity of a side effect and the effect of 3, 4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) acting as a quickly and effective antidote to Ritalin is wholly misrepresented.


TV programme; Biology; Ritalin; South Park

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