Posted by ron
on November 20, 1999 at 19:14:49:
In Reply to: MY CHILD THAT IS ADHD AND ON RITALIN posted by WILLIAM HOWARD on November 08, 1999 at 19:27:11:
: I'M A FATHER OF A CHILD THAT 13 YEARS OLD WITH ADHD AND ON RITALIN. I AM DIVORCED FROM HIS MOTHER BUT I HAVE JOINT COUSTODY OF HIM. I HAVE BEEN TRYING TO TALK TO HER ABOUT TAKING HIM OFF THE RITALIN BUT SHE WILL NOT LESSON TO ME. IS THERE ANYONE OUT THERE THAT CAN GIVE ME ANY INFORMATION ON THE FINDING ON LONG TERM USE OF RITALIN HE HAS BEEN ON IT SENCE HE WAS 7 YEARS OLD.
First, you need to understand that Ritalin is an addictive, highly controlled, Class II narcotic similar to Cocane in its effects and side effects. IT IS IN FACT SPEED.
Suddenly taking a child off the drug can cause the child to go through WITHDRAWAL, much the same way a coke head suffer withdrawal if he doesn't get his snort.
Unfortunatly, according to the manufacturers filings with the FDA, there are no studies as to the long term effect of taking Ritalin. The big unanswered question in my mind is "WHY NOT?" Its been widely used in the treatment of ADD for over 15 years, why hasn't the manufacturer done any studies?
There is a wealth of information about its long term effect by those that do not have to back up there findings and make proper filings with the FDA, however, since the manufacturer seems unwilling to bring forward any studies that it then has to prove to the FDA and take legal (and financial liability for) are any of the other so called findings any better than my own? They are not findings, they are opinions.
I believe that Ritalin and the other drugs associated with ADD are overperscribed 98% of the time and are being used by the school system as a way to deal with larger classrooms as less personal attention.
I believe that we are drugging away the brights minds in our societ today simply because they do not fit the norm that educators feel they should.
15 years ago my son was diagnosed as having ADD/ADHD. I refused to allow him to be treated with Ritalin without really knowing anything about the drug. Today, he has a 3.0 grade point average at LSU.
Two weeks ago my 5 year old son was also diagnosed as having ADD/ADHD. This time, aided by the NET, I have done extensive research on the subject and what I have found is quite scarey.
Futher to the subject regarding "studies", both the FDA and the DEA say that there is no proof of any short term or long term improvement in a childs learning ability or ultimate academic acheviment as a result of taking ritalin.
SO, if there are no studies that prove it improves a childs achedemic acheviment and no studies as to its long term effect, WHY TAKE THE RISK OF GIVING YOUR CHILD A CLASS II NARCOTIC.