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National sales figures indicate that from 1998 to 2002, sales of anti-depressants increased 73% to more than $12 billion, while analeptics, drugs like Ritalin and Adderall that stimulate the central nervous system, increased 167%, according to IMS Health, a pharmaceutical information and consulting company. Even more distressing, physicians wrote more than 1 million prescriptions for Strattera, a nonstimulant treatment for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, in its first six months on the market.
"Any time a child reads a little more slowly, we're talking learning disability and administering Ritalin, or any time a kid acts up a bit, instead of giving him detention, we're drugging him," says Dr. Arthur Caplan, chairman of the medical ethics department at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.
The driving force behind the surge is aggressive direct-to-consumer advertising, Caplan says.
In fact, American consumers, mostly children, account for more than 90% of global consumption of such stimulants. "If we have four or five times the learning disability or depression or other neurotic illnesses that the Europeans do," Caplan says, "then either we got a really bad gene pool through immigration or we're overmedicating."
Julian Whitaker, M.D., points out that Eric Harris, one of the shooters in the Columbine High School massacre, "was taking Luvox, which like Prozac and Paxil, belongs to the class of drugs known as selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRIs)."
- virtually all of the gun-related massacres that have made headlines over the past decade have had one thing in common: they were perpetrated by people taking Prozac, Zoloft, Luvox, Paxil, or a related antidepressant drug.
– Shawn Cooper, age 15, Notus, Idaho, was taking an SSRI.
– Chris Fetters, Iowa, who killed a favorite aunt, was on Prozac.
– Kip Kinkel, age 15, Oregon, was taking Prozac. He killed his parents, stayed with them all night, and then killed two students and wounded 22 others at Thurston High School.
July 27, 2005
A group of patients who once took the antidepressant drug Prozac accuse the Food and Drug Administration of covering up the drug’s dangerous side effects for 14 years. As a result, they say hundreds of people have become victims of murder and suicide.
In June, the FDA issued its second warning that adults taking antidepressants should be monitored for suicidal ideation and worsening depression. Leitsch says that it is unconscionable that new mothers are being prescribed drugs that have been known to induce psychosis, violence and suicide for more than a decade.
[Prozac] "was associated with more hospitalizations, deaths, or other serious adverse reactions reported to the FDA than any other drug in America."
Business Week 3/16/98 p. 14
"So far, the tools used to manipulate serotonin in the brain are more like machetes than they are like scalpels--crudely effective, but capable of doing plenty of collateral damage."
Time magazine 9/29/97
Pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device makers -- which do large amounts of business around the globe -- were especially favored by the reduction in taxes on foreign earnings.
The Bush administration's handouts to pharmaceutical companies just keep on coming. First, it was the Medicare discount drug card scam which turned out to be a system that guaranteed pharmaceutical industry profits thanks to sky-high prices of prescription drugs (the discounts were nonexistent). Next, it was the initiation of an anti-terror drug research program where the government would spend billions of dollars buying and stockpiling expensive drugs and vaccines to counter biological weapons. And now, it's the announcement that President Bush wants to mandate the mental health screening of the entire U.S. population.
Why is this a handout to drug companies? Because these so-called mental health "disorders" are often fictitious diseases (like ADHD) that can easily be attributed to nearly anyone. And once a person is labeled "diseased," they can be put on expensive prescription drugs to alter their brain chemistry. Make no mistake: this sweeping "public health" initiative is really just a clever way to dope up half the population with expensive prescription drugs that alter brain chemistry. It's a devious plan. And it's an invasion of personal privacy.
The drug industry spent $262 million on political influence in the 1999-2000 election cycle: $177 million on lobbying, $65 million on issue ads and $20 million on campaign contributions. Of the contributions directly to political parties, the majority (68 percent) went to Republicans.
The drug industry spent more (based on available data) on lobbying and other political persuasion than any other industry in 1999-2000.
So, my conspiracy theory is that the US government is supporting the drugging of America to form a more pliable and controllable society. One that depends on the pharmaceutical industry with whom the government does business. My theory is that we, the people, and our consumerism are being used to support the big legal drug pushers, who are chartered with watching out for our best interests, but have given up that job long ago.
New research at the University of Tasmania suggests it may be that too many children are being diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and being prescribed Ritalin.
The research also shows the usage of Ritalin in Tasmania is among the highest in the nation per capita.
It also suggest a link between ADHD and another motor coordination condition, Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD).
Bruno Cayoun, of the university's School of Psychology, says movement problems found in some children with ADHD are related to attention span, while in other children they are related to DCD.
He says 29 per cent of children diagnosed with ADHD also fit the criteria for DCD.
Mr Cayoun says the finding is important, as the treatment for both is different - medication is prescribed for ADHD and physical exercise for DCD.
Have you noticed just 8 years ago they would come out with a drug and not say anything of the adverse side effects. Now they say: "Take this pill for indegestion, may cause, a rare liver condition and could be fatal" they load the commercials up with the adverse side effects now.
Originally posted by MrMysterious
I'd rather feel scared from time to time, have my 5 minute anxiety attack and get on with life as opposed to just coasting by in a robe with drool dripping out the side of my mouth! (Robe and drool reference for humor, never really happened!)
Originally posted by LoneGunMan
I read somewhere that every school shooting the kids doing the shooting were on some type of seritonen uptake inhibitor.
Originally posted by marg6043
I fell for the ADD scam and I got my son on that junk for 3 years I will never forget myself for falling for it.
Originally posted by mrmonsoon
IMO, there is only one reason why pot is still illegal-$$$$$$$$
* edited by monson to tell BH that I was so impressed with this, I voted you way above.