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Ritalin Facts

Monday, 03 November 2008 16:50

"In 1990, 900,000 American kids were on Ritalin. Today some estimate the total number of children on Ritalin has increased to 4 - 5 million or more per year."

The International Narcotics Control Board (1995) deplores that "10 to 12 percent of all boys between the ages 6 and 14 in the United States have been diagnosed as having ADD and are being treated with methylphenidate (Ritalin)."


"The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (1995a&b) has warned about a record six fold increase in Ritalin production between 1990 & 1995."

"America now uses 90% of the world's Ritalin - more than five times the rest of the world combined."

"Emergency room visits by children ages 10-14 involving Ritalin intoxication have now reached the same level as those for cocaine which indicates escalating abuse of this highly addictive drug."

"80% of children on Ritalin are boys."

Peter R. Breggin, M.D., author of "Talking Back to Prozac", co-author of "The War Against Children of Color" has published "Talking Back to Ritalin: What doctors aren't telling you about stimulants for children". Every parent who has a child who has been diagnosed with ADD/ADHD should read this book before being pressured into drugging their children by teachers, family members or physicians.

Taken from "Talking Back to Ritalin" by Peter Breggin, M.D.