segunda-feira, 25 de julho de 2011

Kiddie Cocaine - The Truth About Ritalin

It seems to be simple at first. A student gets a little behind in his studies. An exam comes up and he needs to prepare. He’ll have to stay up late to have even a chance of making the grade. Coffee gives him the jitters, but many of his friends use these pills to give the extra energy they need. Why not? A couple of bucks; one pill; an entire night of study; a feeling of “focus”.

It seems to be simple at first. A student gets a little behind in his studies. An exam comes up and he needs to prepare. He’ll have to stay up late to have even a chance of making the grade. Coffee gives him the jitters, but many of his friends use these pills to give the extra energy they need. Why not? A couple of bucks; one pill; an entire night of study; a feeling of “focus”.


Ritalin is the common name for methylphenidate, classified by the Drug Enforcement Administration as a Schedule II narcotic – the same classification as cocaine, morphine and amphetamines.


It comes in small pills, about the size and shape of aspirin tablets, with the word “Ciba” (the manufacturer’s name) stamped on it.
It is described as a central nervous system stimulant. However, even its manufacturer, in the drug’s package insert, admits: “The mode of action in man is not completely understood”.


Even when Ritalin is used as a prescription drug, it may have severe effects including nervousness, insomnia, anorexia, loss of appetite, pulse changes, heart problems and weight loss.


Unfortunately, Ritalin and related “hyperactivity” type drugs are easy to get, and cheap. Taken from someone’s prescription, stolen from a sibling or obtained by a fraudulent prescription, these tablets are then broadly sold. The price runs from a dollar or two in school to $20 per pill on the black market.


While the law forbids unrestricted distribution of these powerful stimulants, the sad fact remains that these substances are freely available almost anywhere.


Kiddie Cocaine, as it has been called, is handed out like candy.

Abusers grind the tablets into a powder and snort it. The drug is water soluble, making it easy to convert into a liquid which can be injected.


Ritalin is chemically similar to cocaine. In 2000, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) revealed the results of studies on both animals and humans who were given cocaine and Ritalin. The test subjects could not tell the difference. The DEA concluded that, “They produce effects that are nearly identical”.


Just like cocaine or any other stimulant, this drug creates a nice “up feeling”, which is inevitably followed by a “crash”, a feeling of fatigue, depression and decreased alertness. And, of course, the user soon comes to know that this “crashed out” feeling can be relieved with the “help” of another pill that gets him back up again. And so it goes. A tolerance builds up and a person may turn to more potent drugs to rid himself of the unwanted conditions that prompted him to abuse the drug in the first place. The manufacturer says it is a drug of dependency.


In larger doses, Ritalin can lead to convulsions, headaches, hallucinations, suicidal thoughts and psychotic behavior, as well as aggression or violent behavior. It can even lead to death, as in the many tragic cases of children who have died of heart attacks caused by damage linked to the drug.


As noted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, every tablet of Ritalin that is abused, either in its original form or ground into a powder or dissolved with water, originated from the manufacturer. None of it is manufactured on the streets.


A major factor contributing to the abuse is the huge increase in the number of prescriptions written. In the US, the number of stimulants prescriptions soared from around 5 million in 1991 to nearly 35 million in 2007.


by Antonella Antonecchia Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010 at 4:34 PM

Attention Deficit Disorder

A child is given the diagnosis of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), also called Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) when he is considered overactive, cannot pay attention and cannot sit still, ALL VERY subjective symptoms. ADD is diagnosed four times more frequently in boys because boys mature more slowly than girls and because boys are put in classes at school with girls of the same age, so the boys, being less mature, appear to be hyperactive.

Irritability anger and mental confusion may also be present so these children are then labeled as having a "Learning Disability." However, these symptoms are virtually identical to the symptoms of hypoglycemia, low blood sugar which is caused by the up and down swings of insulin resulting from eating too much refined sugar.

Attention Deficit Disorder and Ritalin have become almost synonymous. Up to 90% of children who are first diagnosed with ADD receive a prescription for Ritalin. At least a dozen other drugs are prescribed for these symptoms as well. There has been a 500% increase in the use of Ritalin alone since 1991. Short- term use of these medications is associated with a 70 to 80% improvement in symptoms. So naturally, it appears that the drugs have solved the problem. However, these studies don't show the entire picture.

Very few long-term studies have been done evaluating the success of amphetamine-type medication such as Ritalin, for ADD symptoms, and the few studies that do exist do not present a very encouraging picture. For years, it was thought that children outgrew symptoms of ADD so they were treated with drugs, until they "outgrew" the condition.

However, This has been found NOT to be the case. Children do NOT outgrow ADD symptoms. In 1990, an eight-year prospective study of hyperactive children was instituted. More than 80% of the children studied had been treated with medications. Sixty- three percent of the group had received the Benefit of psychological services and 35% had special educational accommodations.

At the end of the eight years, 80% continued to have the ADD symptoms, while 60% had advanced to Opposition Defiant Disorder (ODD) and Conduct Disorder (CD) diagnoses. (Barkley R., Fischer M, et al: The adolescent outcome of hyperactive children diagnosed by research criteria: J Am Acad Child Adoles Psychiatry 29 (4):546-556 July 1990.)

These two diagnoses are considered to be much worse than the ADD diagnosis. A litreature review dating back to 1971 showed little to be encouraged about. Children with ADD were more likely to fail subjects in school and dropped out of school more frequently. Fewer attended college.

And there were NO statistical differences between the long-term results of children treated with medications and those who did not use medications. These studies indicate that there is little evidence of long-term success with the use of medications for hyperactivity.

The adverse reactions (side effects) for Ritalin include nervousness, insomnia, joint pains, fever, anorexia, nausea, dizziness, palpitations, headache, dyskinesia, drowsiness, increased blood pressure and pulse, rapid heart rate, angina, cardiac arrhythmias, abdominal pain, actual psychosis. And there is a major warning in the Physician's Desk Reference regarding drug dependency.

The Physicians Desk Reference of Drug Side Effects notes that, regarding the pharmacology of Ritalin: "The mode of action in man is not completely understood." And this is what you're giving your child! The pharmaceutical manufacturers admit that they don't even know how it works. They're just experimenting -- on your child!

Ritalin has effects similar to other stimulants including amphetamine, methamphetamine and cocaine. There are 6 million prescriptions for Ritalin filled annually. The U.S. pharmacists distribute five times more Ritalin than the rest of the world combined.

No other nation prescribes stimulants for its children in such volume. In fact, the United Nations International Narcotics Control Board has on two recent occasions written to U.S. officials expressing concern about the six fold increase in Ritalin usage since 1990.

Does Ritalin Cause Cancer? Scientific studies on carcinogenicity were finally released in June 1993 revealing that feeding mice Ritalin, induced liver tumors including very rare and highly malignant cancers. These results were found at dosage levels close to those routinely prescribed for children. Animal tests are very good predictors of human health effects.

In fact, the International Agency for Research on Cancer suggests that if a chemical is proven to cause cancer in animals, it should be treated as if it were cancer-causing in humans as well.

But the response by the FDA and the pharmaceutical company that makes Ritalin was predictable. The drug company wrote to 100,000 physicians informing them of the study showing that the drug caused cancer but said "It's not enough of a signal that we think kids should be taken off the drug." They reassured the doctors that Ritalin is believed to be "safe and effective" by the FDA.

Does the public school system have the right to force parents to accept the drugging of their child? They do in America. But the drug's side effects, according to vocal opponents of Ritalin, include: zombie-like behavior, growth suppression, behavior or thought disorders (exactly what it is supposed to treat) seizures; headaches, blurred vision, scalp hair loss, barking like a dog and babbling profanities. It can also result in mood swings, depression, drug dependence and inclination for criminal activity.

Why would anyone give such a drug to any child?

The American Psychiatric Association describes a hyperactive child - the target child for this drug--as follows:

"One who exhibits behavior such as fidgeting, squirming, answering questions before being called on, difficulty playing quietly, engaging in physically dangerous activities such as running into the street without looking, or one who has difficulty following instructions." That sounds like a normal kid to me!

I hope it's clear that drugs do NOT cure anxiety, depression nor supposed hyperactivity. In fact the English word pharmacy comes from the Greek word pharmakeia. Pharmakeia means sorceries and witchcraft. That's what drugs are - sorceries and witchcraft because they only treat symptoms while the underlying disease or condition continues to get worse



by Lorraine Day, M.D.



The Myth of Attention Deficit Disorder

The future of countless thousands even millions - of American children hangs in the balance. Every day, children are forced by teachers and other witting and unwitting players into a psychiatric dragnet by diagnoses of "Attention-Deficit Disorder" - often for actions as minor as tapping their feet in class.

But the situation which confronts our children is wider and more ominous than a single misguided "condition." It is part of a Dantean vision of mental manipulation and an agenda which has a "master race" as its objective.

The story begins almost a century ago.

The Cult of Mental Illness

In 1905, psychiatrist Ernst Rudin founded the German Society for Racial Hygiene. In 1933, he co-wrote Germany's sterilization laws, with Nazi SS leader Heinrich Himmler.

Rudin and fellow psychiatrist Franz J. Kalhmann both focused their research on what they called "schizophrenia," a term to which they ascribed extraordinary elasticity. To them, "schizophrenia" meant "inappropriateness" of "thought, emotion or behavior."

Kallmann also conducted studies, published in 1938, in which he claimed to "prove" schizophrenia was genetic. In his study he also claimed that he "interpreted the diagnosis as strictly as possible." And just exactly how strict was this?

According to Kallmann, schizophrenia included the following:

"the unsociable, cold-hearted, indecisive... bull-headed oafs, malicious tyrants, queer cranks, overpedantic schemers... prudish ‘model children’... daydreamers ... emotional inadequacy ... sudden surges of temperament ... 'inappropriate motor response (to stimuli)... crankiness."
In short, it was about as far from a scientific label as can be imagined. Indeed, it might well inspire a chuckle because of its judgmental tone and social overtones. But, these "diagnostic criteria" are virtually identical to the ones used today to diagnose "attention-deficit-hyperactivity disorder."
Ironically, Kallmann, who was half-Jewish, was forced to flee Nazi Germany. He emigrated to the United States where he became hailed as "America's leading psychiatric geneticist," with his studies published in the Journal of the American Psychiatric Association (APA). His message?

"[A] satisfactory eugenic success in the heredity circle of schizophrenia cannot be secured without systematic preventative measures among the tainted children and siblings of schizophrenics."
Kallmann’s so-called studies were based on "research" with associates Dr. L. Erlenmeyer-Kimling and Dr. J.D. Rainer conducted at 11 New York hospitals. Kallmann and Rainer pioneered studies of "high-risk" children - efforts to identify "behavioral characteristics" by which one could purportedly detect a child susceptible to schizophrenia. Erlenmeyer-Kimling is to this day a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of Schizophrenia Bulletin, published by the Scientific Advisory Board of the National Institute of Mental Health , and has acted as editor in several issues.
In Volume 20, No. I of that journal, Erlenmeyer-Kimling reported on studies which show that certain phenomena indicate a tendency towards

schizophrenia. The studies cited were her own and they relied heavily on Kallmann’s 1938 statements. Another article in the same issue covered the role of "attention-deficit" in schizophrenia and noted that such deficits were trait indicators for those "at risk of carrying the schizophrenia gene."
It is important to note that, to date, psychiatric researchers have been unable to prove the existence of this supposed schizophrenia "gene" but continue to refer to it as though it were fact. Slicing through the double-talk, Erlenmeyer-Kimling had finally "linked" 1) attentional deficits, 2) distractibility and 3) neuromotor dysfunction to "schizophrenia" - at least to her satisfaction.

Covert Chemical Castration

By 1961, psychiatric researchers reported "difficulty in attending" as "one of the first symptoms" of schizophrenia, though the "disease" may not manifest itself for years.

In the early 1970s, the American Handbook of Psychiatry stated regarding "at-risk children":

"The evidence gathered thus far indicates that the preschizophrenic child has difficulty filtering stimulus input and has problems in attention that subsequently lead to school difficulties and social problems."
In 1971, at the end of 20 years of "research" on "at risk" children, a government panel of "experts" sanctioned the use of amphetamines on "hyperactive" children. According to psychiatrists, the symptoms of hyperactivity were seen mostly in males, because their genetic theory claimed that the "disorder" was carried in the male chromosome.
The drug given to children, as approved by these "experts" was methylphenidate, commonly known as Ritalin.

Methylphenidate (MP) is classified as an "amphetamine-like" drug because it is "structurally similar to amphetamine." It has the same base compound as the major antipsychotic or anti-schizophrenic drugs Haldol and Mellaril. According to a text on schizophrenia, the main "side effects" of drugs using this compound are "behavioral oversedation" and "inhibition of ejaculation."

The January 6, 1993 Journal of the American Medical Association reported that "amphetamine-like" drugs "make most men sexually disciplined or incapable." Amphetamines are also reported as having side effects of "impotence, changes in libido" in some 85 percent of men.

ADD in Wender-land

Schizophrenia had thus evolved into today's "attention-deficit disorder."

In 1980, the APA adopted the official term "attention-deficit disorder" (ADD) for active children who did not pay attention in school. A careful inspection of the "symptoms" of schizophrenia and ADD reveal that they are the same "disorder."

The most oft-cited current "authority" on ADD is University of Utah psychiatrist Paul Wender. In 1968, Wender and two other NIMH (National Institute of Mental Health) psychiatrists, Seymour Kety and David Rosenthal, went to Denmark to conduct studies with Danish psychiatrist Fini Schulsinger. It was an attempt to prove beyond any shadow of a doubt that schizophrenia was hereditary, by studying the children of schizophrenics who had been adopted by other couples.

When asked what he had learned from his studies, Wender is reported to have replied, "You should breed with exquisite care, then marry whomever you chose."

The Danish-American adoption studies were roundly criticized by Yale psychiatrist Theodore Lidz in the March 16, 1990, issue of The Psychiatric News as showing "that the researchers' interpretations of their data are untenable, distorted to support their hypothesis."

According to the 1968 Encyclopedia Britannica, eugenicists have a "strong racist leaning" and the goal of eugenics is to allow only those of a society's upper class to procreate while inhibiting the procreation of the lower class. This is certainly borne out by Wender's claims that "since ADD is a genetic disorder," upper-class patients are "less likely" to have ADD children while lower-class parents "have a greater likelihood" of having ADD children.

Psychiatrists used to tell parents and teachers that "most" children outgrow "hyperactivity," but today, it has apparently evolved into a "lifelong" illness. How does one make the "diagnosis" in adults? According to Wender,

"Since restless feet are readily observed - in cafeterias, waiting rooms and group meetings - the diagnostic sensitivity and specificity (of hyperactivity) . . . could be rapidly tested in such areas by inquiring about individual and family histories of, say, alcoholism, academic achievement, and imprisonment in a random sample of those with jiggling and stationary feet."
Suddenly, even foot-tapping in public becomes dangerous - a badge of "mental illness." Although on the one hand the "diagnosis" of ADD is characterized as a "complex" task requiring a "team" of professionals," on the other, Wender says the diagnosis can easily be made "by an observant receptionist."
Dangerous Drugs

Psychiatrists continue to exhibit a peculiar approach to "healing." In 1972, one year after U.S. psychiatrists began aggressively doling out sexually suppressive drugs to boys, psychiatrist T.L. Pinklington, vice president and member of the World Federation of Mental Health from 1966-1970, stated in the July issue of The Practitioner that children with "cognitive deficits and emotional immaturity" should be the target of "a modern eugenic program ... or some form of legalized euthanasia." (emphasis not in original) The APA established a Task Force on Family Planning in 1973, one year after Pinklington urged psychiatry to "embark on a modern eugenic program." Texts such as Lindgren's Educational Psychology for the Classroom advised teachers that children having difficulty "reading" suffered from "emotional problems" and should be "referred" for psychiatric treatment. According to the Physician's Desk Reference, psychiatric drugs used today cause "impairment of fertility" by preventing the production of sperm in males and blocking the implantation of a fertilized egg into the uterus of a woman. Studies done on animals show that current psychiatric drugs cause "testicular
atrophy" and can cause irreversible lesions to form in the small vessels leading out of the testes.

In 1973, the US. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (HEW), which includes the National Institute of Mental Health, implemented laws which gave "rights" to children with "learning disabilities." Such labeled children were "entitled" to be singled out and placed in "special education" programs. Of course, that also enabled psychiatrists to make a short list of the children "tainted" by the fact that they could not sit still in class. Interestingly, 90 percent of children referred to "community mental health" programs from "special education" programs are African-American.

In 1991, HEW's successor, the Department of Health and Human Services, mandated that teachers "actively seek to identify ADD children" and refer them for treatment. This was brought about through the lobbying efforts of a "parents support group" called CH.A.D.D. (Children with Attention Deficit Disorders). The group was founded in 1987 by psychologist Harvey Parker of Plantation, Florida.

Today, Parker's CH.A.D.D. is lobbying the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to remove barriers to making Ritalin more available by reducing controls on it. The "informational" material CH.A.D.D. supplies to parents and teachers is supplied by the Ciba-Geigy drug company - makers of Ritalin. And "studies" on the use of the drug conducted by Judith Rappoport, chief of child psychiatry at NIMH, were funded by Ciba-Geigy.

A more insidious manipulation of our educational system can hardly be imagined. Teachers are forced by law to send children who "don’t pay attention" for inevitable drug treatment at the hands of those who in no way wish to help them but rather wish them sterile at minimum.

If one really examines what is happening, one sees the following progression: in 1991, teachers must identify ADD children; in 1993, the government's new Center for Mental Health Services officially defines "serious mental illness"; also in 1993 comes the White House Health Care Reform proposal including "unlimited" coverage and hospitalization for those with "serious mental illness"; finally, the APA has the "new" definition for "serious mental illness" incorporated into the "diagnostic criteria" for ADD.

Exposing the Myth

The next assault on our children came in 1994, when the NIMH sought to drug "potentially" violent African-American 5 year-olds in a program called the "Violence Initiative." Children would be screened using "behavioral patterns" such as "impulsivity" to predict violence.

This initiative has no basis in fact and at best propagates racist myths which modem society has struggled for years to shed itself of. But it also serves to underscore a singular fact: that psychiatry's idea of "help" is inimical to the lives of our children.

The new "biopsychiatry" must be exposed for what it is. It is alive and well within the corridors of psychiatric hospitals and community mental health centers throughout the United States. Its target is our children.





by Dr. Mark Barber

http://www.sntp.net/ritalin/ritalin_myth.html

domingo, 24 de julho de 2011

Ritalin stunts growth of children; long-term risk to children's health unknown

New research published in the August, 2007 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry finds that Ritalin, the amphetamine drug used to treat a fictitious medical disorder labeled Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, stunts the growth of children. After three years on the psychotropic drug, children are one inch shorter and 4.4 pounds lighter than their peers, researchers have documented.

The psychiatric industry, of course, has been trying to play down the growth-stunting effects of Ritalin for at least a decade. Research conducted over the last several years by psychiatrists working for the National Institutes of Health initially found evidence of the drug stunting growth of children, yet nevertheless concluded that Ritalin carries "no long-term growth risk" to children. (Those researchers, by the way, failed to disclose their financial conflicts of interest with drug companies.)

Because of that conclusion, psychiatrists have refrained from warning parents about the fact that Ritalin stunts the growth of their children, focusing instead of how their children need "treatment" to correct a "brain chemistry disorder" that was, in reality, invented by the Big Pharma-backed psychiatric industry as a way to sell more drugs to children who don't need them.


Turning schoolchildren into street junkies
Ritalin is an amphetamine. In street lingo, it's called "speed." Selling speed to children is a felony, but feeding speed to children with a prescription is called "treatment." The practice of dosing children with powerful, mind-altering drugs is, in fact, a form of chemical abuse, yet it is tolerated today because it is framed in the language of medicine. Parents and teachers all too easily agree to the mass drugging of schoolchildren because it makes symptoms of ADHD seemingly go away. This drugging practice is, ultimately, pursued for the convenience of the children's caretakers and the profits of powerful drug companies, not out of any real concern for the health of the children.

Click here to see our related CounterThink cartoon, "Adderall vs. Methamphetamines."

Nutritional research has shown that the symptoms of ADHD can be completely reversed in 80 percent of children in just two weeks by eliminating processed foods and chemical food additives from their diets. The so-called "disease" of ADHD is really just an expression of behavior caused by extreme dietary imbalances. The entire theory of ADHD can also be completely shot down by simply handing an ADHD child an X-Box or Wii gaming system, after which the child will sit down and engage in extremely focused, attentive and mentally demanding gaming activities for as long as six hours without a single break, and without distraction. If there really were such as disease as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, such behavior would not be possible.

The truth is that ADHD kids aren't diseased at all: Most schools are simply boring beyond belief, and children don't learn well by being forced to sit still at their desks and listen to teachers ramble their way through meaningless memorization exercises dubbed "history" or "science" or whatever the topic may be. Children learn by doing things, and all that extra hyperactive energy has a useful function if it's channeled into experiential learning exercises.


Does Ritalin cause permanent health damage?
This new research about Ritalin stunting the growth of children does not answer the question of whether children ever regain their normal height and body weight, or whether Ritalin causes a permanent stunting of growth that cannot be reversed. It does make us wonder, however, whether a drug that stunts physical growth might also stunt the growth of brain cells and the nervous system, leading to intellectually stunted children at the same time that it produces physically stunted children.

In previous years, psychiatrists tried to argue that it wasn't Ritalin that caused the stunting of growth -- it was the ADHD disease itself, they claimed with a straight face! And thus, treatment with Ritalin was the only way to return children to "normal" growth.

This kind of twisted, circular logic typifies modern psychiatric medicine, which spontaneously invokes the existence of numerous psychiatric "disorders" at the exact coincidental moment that profitable pharmaceuticals become available to treat them. The logic of psychiatry goes like this: ADHD is a real disease because it's in the DSIM-IV manual (the bible of fictitious psychiatric disorders). ADHD is listed in the DSIM-IV because it's a real disease according to a group of Big Pharma-funded psychiatrists who made it up. Thus, ADHD is real because psychiatrists say is it! (See our related cartoon, Disease Mongers, Inc., to see a humorous depiction of this process.)


Treating children like guinea pigs
Nobody knows the long-term effects of Ritalin use on children. As a result, the psychiatric industry is treating children like guinea pigs, waiting to see what might happen after someone takes these amphetamines for a decade or longer. For all we know, Ritalin might stunt the size of the reproductive organs of these children, too, leading to future fertility problems. Perhaps the "Ritalin generation" won't be able to have babies. This is just a guess, but the important point here is that the psychiatric industry is guessing, too. Nobody knows. Long-term testing has not been done. It's all basically a "let's give these drugs to children and see what happens" experiment. It's all quite typical of Big Pharma today, which treats members of the public as revenue-producing guinea pigs who are too stupid to wake up and realize they should be questioning the outrageous claims of treatment now being associated with harmful prescription medications.

These side effects of stunting growth and altering the brain chemistry of children might conceivably be worth it if Ritalin were actually treating a genuine disease. If Ritalin, for example, were preventing brain cancer in at-risk children, it might be reasonable to trade a reduction of cancer risk with stunted growth. But Ritalin has no justifiable medical use whatsoever and is, in fact, more a form of chemical mind control than anything resembling real medicine. To place the growth of children at risk in order to give them a drug so powerful that it would be illegal if sold to children on the street is to engage in medical madness. There is no justification for the mass-treatment of children today with this drug other than the clever exploitation of human beings for profit.

The only medically proven use of Ritalin, it turns out, would be for parents who want their children to be short and stunted. Feed those kids enough Ritalin amphetamines, and they won't grow up to be as tall or have as much muscle mass as their peers. It might be a strategy very useful for grooming children for a career as a horse racing jockey, or growing a world-class gymnast (who are all rather short due to the physics advantage of having a shorter body and limbs), but for those parents actually looking to raise healthy children who express their full genetic potential, Ritalin seems to fall short. (Ahem.)

For those parents looking to ruin the health of their children, on the other hand, dosing kids three times a day with amphetamines seems to be quite useful. But why stop there? Why not graduate to METH amphetamines, too, and start giving your kids street meth like the militaries of the world already give to their soldiers? It makes about as much sense as giving them Ritalin, but believe me, if Big Pharma could find a way to control and legalize meth, psychiatrists would no doubt be standing by, ready to invent a fictitious disease "treated" by meth. (Remember, too, that street meth is manufactured from drug company cold medicines sold over the counter to children.)

It all makes you wonder about the Partnership For a Drug-Free America, doesn't it? This is an organization funded in part by drug companies, which seems to have no problem whatsoever about the mass drugging of children with Ritalin amphetamines. The "Partnership," in my opinion, isn't about making America drug free, it's about making America addicted to Big Pharma's drugs while curbing use of the competition: street drugs. The Partnership says, "Ritalin is a valuable medicine." Are they on crack?

Click here to read about amphetamines on Wikipedia.

Not surprisingly, when it comes to Ritalin and the drugging of children, it's all about the profit. The best way to market a drug is to first market a disorder, then pitch the drug as the only known treatment for that disorder.


The chemical abuse of children
In my opinion, what's happening today in psychiatric medicine is a crime against humanity and a form of chemical abuse towards children. Rather than pretending that these psychiatrists have any real medical authority, we should instead be locking them up and prosecuting them for these Nazi-style chemical assaults upon the population. Modern psychiatry, through its rampant chemical poisoning of the people, has proven itself to be far more dangerous to the safety of Americans than any terrorist threat, and in any honest society, these people would be stripped of their right to practice "medicine," and denied access to children. We need a nationwide restraining order against practitioners of modern psychiatry!

I believe it is time we abolished the industry of psychiatry and its disastrous "treatment" of children with dangerous, mind-altering chemicals. If we continue to allow these profit-minded psych doctors to drug an entire generation with amphetamines, the long-term consequences to society will no doubt be devastating. Children do not need mind-altering drugs to demonstrate normal, balanced behavior. They simply need honest nutrition, responsible parenting and to be kept away from refined sugars, petrochemical food additives and processed foods.


Ritalin / Adderall addicts snort the meds like cocaine
Here's a Q&A from GoAskAlice (http://www.goaskalice.columbia.edu/...) that explains, in more detail, the ways in which Ritalin and Adderall are, in fact, dangerous street drugs:

Dear Alice,

Recently I have started snorting Ritalin and Adderall (not at the same time though). I have found that the effects closely resemble that of snorting cocaine, but are not quite as intense. I really like doing this, because it's much cheaper than buying coke. However, I was wondering exactly how dangerous this might be, if even at all, considering it's a prescribed drug and I never snort more than the average dose that you would take orally. If you could tell me what the danger in doing this is and what I might possibly be doing to my body, that would be great.

Thanks,
Adderall Addict

(Alice answers:)
Dear Adderall Addict,

Ritalin and Adderall are two of the most prevalent prescription drugs used in the treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). Both of these medications are classified as Schedule II drugs in the amphetamine class. Even though they are stimulants, when prescribed as directed by a medical provider in standard doses for people with ADHD and ADD, these prescription drugs assist people with AD(H)D to sustain their attention for a longer amount of time. This allows them to study or complete tasks at hand much more effectively minus the feelings associated with the medications' "speed-like" effects.

Schedule II drugs, such as Ritalin and Adderall, however, have a high propensity for misuse, abuse, and dependence. Widely prescribed for school-age children by medical professionals, many adolescents and young adults snort Ritalin and Adderall as they believe that they are safe alternatives to cocaine. This could not be further from the truth. First, both the potency of Ritalin and Adderall exponentially increase when they are snorted or injected because they enter the bloodstream directly. Second, prescription medications, especially when they are not prescribed for the user, as with illicit drugs, do not diminish their potential for harm. These actions make the misuse/abuses of these substances as or more harmful than cocaine, since the user may believe snorting Adderall and Ritalin is safe.

Dangerous side effects from inhaling Ritalin and Adderall include:

• respiratory problems, such as destruction of the nasal and sinus cavities and lung tissue
• irregular heartbeat (heart arrhythmia)
• problems with circulation
• psychotic episodes
• increased aggression
• toxic shock
• death, in extreme cases

As Adderall is similar in its chemical makeup to methamphetamine, it poses additional dangers. Extended, continuous abuse can result in developmental problems concerning the brain and negative changes in brain wave activity [emphasis added]. If someone misuses/abuses Ritalin, Adderall, or both, help is necessary to stop using, not only to prevent further harm, but also to keep the person safe during withdrawal. Once one has become addicted to these substances, stopping could cause withdrawal symptoms similar to those with cocaine, such as:

• severe depression
• psychosis
• restlessness
• extreme feelings of agitation

You may think that you are safer and more frugal by snorting Ritalin and Adderall, rather than cocaine, but you are harming yourself in similar ways. You also run the risk of arrest for having and using these substances without a prescription.

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