My name is Matthew Dent. I am a concerned citizen. The following information is documented and I am merely passing it on. I have sourced all references cited.
This article is dedicated to Marcus McKenzie, a good friend of mine who eventually commited suicide due to what I believe may very likely have been the result of the use of stimulants prescribed for ADHD. Such stimulant drugs are now known to cause suicide and psychotic episodes according to recent warning labels applied by the American Food and Drug Administration.
The following is quoted from the official American Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) website.
“Amphetamine, dextroamphetamine, methamphetamine, and their various salts are collectively referred to as amphetamines. In fact, their chemical properties and actions are so similar that even experienced users have difficulty knowing which drug they have taken. Methamphetamine is the most commonly abused.
“Street terms for methamphetamine: Meth, poor man’s cocaine, crystal meth, ice, glass, speed.”
Next is a quote from an American Medical Assoc Journal.
“Acknowledged as leaders in the field of brain imaging of drug effects, Volkow and colleagues have spent several years tracing the effects on the brain of drugs of addiction, using positron emission tomography (PET) and other advanced techniques.
“… Because of methylphenidate’s [Ritalin] chemical similarities to cocaine,
pharmacologists thought that it might work in the same way, only less potently, blocking fewer transporters . Animal studies with high doses of methylphenidate indicated that this could be the case.
“The results were shocking. ‘We were surprised as hell,’ said Volkow. ‘We didn’t expect this .’ Instead of being a less potent transport inhibitor than cocaine, methylphenidate was more potent . A typical dose given to children, 0 .5 mg/kg, blocked 70% of dopamine transporters . ‘The data clearly show that the notion that Ritalin is a weak stimulant is completely
incorrect,’ Volkow said.”
(Nora Volkow, MD, psychiatrist and imaging expert at Brookhaven National
Laboratory, Upton, NY)
(906 Journal of AMA, August 22/29 . 2001-Vol 286, No . 8 [Reprinted] L2001 American Medical Association)
The Australian Drug Guide, by Dr Jonathan Upfal, actually has Methylphenidate (Ritalin) Dexamphetamine, prolintane (Catovit) and ecstasy all under the heading of “amphetamines”.
Dr Upfal mentions the powerful habit forming potential of these class of drugs, placing it in the “high” category: “These drugs induce psychological dependence and tolerance to their effect. Doses become progressively larger and more frequent. Overdose: Acute anxiety, tension, irritability, fever, sweating, trembling, enlarged pupils, talkativenesses, restlessness, rapid pounding heart, irregular heart rhythm or breathlessness, panic, violent or aggressive behaviour, hallucinations, delirium, severe headache, seizures, strokes, coma. Chronic: depression, paranoia, hallucinations, severe insomnia, weight loss, psychosis.”
The side effects listed in The Australian Drug guide are as follows, “dry mouth, metallic taste, loss of appetite, weight loss, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, abdominal cramps, butterflies in the stomach.
Apprehension, anxiety, sleeplessness, irritability, euphoria, nervousness, weakness, tremor, restlessness, dizziness, sensitivity to glare with dilated pupils.
Sweating, pallor, chills.
Rapid pulse, pounding in the chest.
Increased sexual drive, impotence, difficulty urinating.
Crying spells in children.
Fatigue post-dose[come down effect]…
More serious: Panic, confusion, aggression, violent attacks, delirium, hallucinations, depression, paranoid ideas, compulsive or stereotyped behaviour, teeth grinding.
Pounding headache, slurred speech, loss of power in the limbs or face, disturbances of vision due to raised blood pressure in the brain, convulsions, stroke due to brain hemorrhage.
Irregular heart beat, chest pain, breathlessness due to heart strain; damage to heart muscle.”
If one cares to have even a brief look on the Net regarding the effects of stimulants given by psychiatrists and doctors to treat ADHD, one cannot help but confront the horrific facts. Witness futher damning evidence from the DEA:
“Psychotic episodes, paranoid delusions,hallucinations, and bizarre behavioural characteristics similar to amphetamine-like stimulant toxicity, have been associated with methylphenidate (Ritalin ) abuse. Severe medical consequences, including death, have been reported.” (Terrance Woodworth, DEA congressional Testimony before the Committee on Education and the Workforce: Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Youth and Families, 16 May 2000.)
In the same report we also find testimony to the fact that neither animals nor humans can differentiate between cocaine, amphetamine and mehtylphenidate. “In short, they produce effects that are nearly identical.”
On June 28, 2005, the FDA ordered labeling changes to methylphenidate [Ritalin] products, including Concerta, to warn that these drugs can cause “psychiatric events.” These are described as “visual hallucinations, suicidal ideation [in laymans terms: constantly thinking of suicide], psychotic behavior, as well as aggression or violent behavior.”
Source: Jennifer Corbett Dooren, “FDA Eyes Psychiatric Risks of ADHD Drugs,” Smartmoney.com, 28 June 2005.
In 1995, the United Nations’ International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) asked governments to “exercise vigilance with regard to trade in and dispensing of the substance [stimulant prescribed for ADHD] in order to prevent any attempts to divert it into illicit traffic.” (Report of the International Narcotics Control Board for 1995, United Nations Publication, ISSN 0257-3717.)
The same year the DEA said Ritalin could lead to addiction and that “psychotic episodes, violent behavior and bizarre mannerisms had been reported” with its use. ( “Methylphenidate [A Background Paper],” U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Oct. 1995, p. 16.)
“Psychotic episodes”? “Violent behavior”? What is this? Our so-called health experts are still pumping these drugs into our children despite the warnings which, by the way, have been known about since the general introduction of amphetamines way back in the 1940s.
Psychiatrists seem to have no compunction in dealing out these drugs which are basically the same as Ice. Ironic isn’t it that our government is subsidising drugs such as ‘Ritalin’ and ‘Dexamphetamine’ for children as young as 4 years old; all this whilst speaking with grave concern about the abuse of “Ice” on the streets. The facts show that Ice and the various stimulants prescribed for ADHD have fundamentaly the same effects on the body and mind. Lets get real here guys! How long will it take until this is stopped? How many kids are going to die from this?
The word is getting out though: Michael Moore is soon to release a documentary called “Sicko” which exposes the lies behind this legal drug dealing gone mad and supported by our governments.
You can’t fool all of the people all of the time.