Are you sure you want to put your child on this drug?
Ritalin is often the first drug prescribed to this generation's addict. I have known many people who have been drug addicts of all kinds, who started on the road to addiction with Ritalin and later progressed to other drugs such as heroin and cocaine. It is not a harmless drug; here are the facts:
- Ritalin is the common name for methylphenidate, classified by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) as a Schedule II Narcotic – the same classification as cocaine, morphine and amphetamines. It is abused by teens for its stimulant effects.
- 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 sweets. In some schools as many as 20% of the pupils take Ritalin regularly.
Its severest effects include nervousness, insomnia, pulse changes and heart problems. In June 2005, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned that Ritalin and its sister drugs may cause visual hallucinations, suicidal thoughts, psychotic behaviour, as well as aggression or violent behaviour. Hazards multiply as users up their quantity, grind and snort it, liquefy or inject it, and use it along with Ecstasy and other drugs. Abuse in larger doses puts stress on the heart, which can be fatal, and injection causes serious damage to the lungs and eyes.
The manufacturer says methylphenidate is a drug of dependency. Children on stimulant medications have twice the future rate of drug abuse. Long-term effects include irreversible damage to the blood vessels of the heart and brain; liver, kidney and lung damage; malnutrition and weight loss; disorientation, apathy, and damage to the brain including strokes and possibly epilepsy. Children may also develop anorexia from use of the drug.
The University of Texas, M.D. Anderson Cancer Centre in Houston and the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston found in a recent study that after only three months of methylphenidate use, every one of the dozen children treated developed genetic abnormalities.
Excerpted from a newsletter by Michelle Davies of Narconon UK