Reuters story from last Wednesday, FDA Reports 51 Deaths of Attention Drugs Patients. The drugs in question are specifically the methylphenidates: Ritain, Adderall, the stimulants. Bottom line: "Conclusions about the relative safety of these two stimulant therapies cannot be made on the basis of this analysis," the FDA staff said." In other words, they cannot confirm or deny a link.
Common sense dictates that if you or your child are taking these meds, be sure to have your blood pressure measured on a regular basis and report to your doctor any dizziness or light-headedness, heart palpitations or sudden weight gain. Of course, the same is true of any other medication.