. What percentage of our children and young people have been on some form of psychotropic drugs at some time in their lifetimes ? Had a teacher from a public school tell me that she insisted that every boy in her classroom be on Ritalin or she wouldn't teach. She is not a teacher of some special class but of a general student population. Said she has had this requirement for years and that it was common practice. She further said that parents had no reason to know. Many parents would not understand. .