Mudcat Café message #1613971 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #86484   Message #1613971
Posted By: dianavan
26-Nov-05 - 01:34 AM
Thread Name: ADHD- Ritalin
Subject: RE: ADHD- Ritalin
From gdcada:

"Ritalin® is abused by diverse segments of the population, from health care professions and children to street addicts. 1

Between 30 and 50 percent of adolescents in drug treatment centers report Ritalin® use. 1

Ritalin® ranks in the top 10 most frequently reported controlled pharmaceuticals stolen from licensed handlers. 1

Organized drug trafficking groups in a number of states have utilized various schemes to obtain Ritalin® for resale on the illicit market. 1

Reports from students and faculty on college campuses show Ritalin® used as a study aid and party drug in the same manner that amphetamine was used on campuses in the 1960s. 2

Research suggests that Ritalin® causes long-lasting changes in brain cell structure and function. The drug appears to initiate changes in brain function that remain long after the therapeutic effects dissipate. 2

I have one more point to make before I rest my case.

When valium (the drug to help working mothers, cope) fell from favour, the drug company needed to find a new target market. They targeted the children of these women and invented Ritalin. Although ADHD is the dignosis that accounts for legitimate sales, it is the ADHD diagnosis that also acts as a front for the wide dispersement of Ritalin on the streets.

The common use of Ritalin as a stimulant by students, quite likely leads to experimentation with other, similar drugs such as speed and crack.

If you ask me, the easiest way to introduce illegal drug dependency is to introduce legal drugs to children who cannot control themselves. What kind of a message are we giving these kids?

I rest my case.