Scouts-L Mail Archive for November of 1998: Ritalin Abuse - Old Rumors
Ritalin Abuse - Old Rumors
Sun, 1 Nov 1998 15:04:24 -0800
I have been watching with interest the debate this past week in the
postings regarding the abuse potential of Ritalin. While watching
them, I've been checking with my resources within CHADD (Children and
Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder).
I must tell you that their first response was to ask why I was
dredging up old misinformation rumors from 1994/95! I hastened to
assure them that I had not been a part of the organization back then
and that this issue was, in fact, a current topic on this list.
I have been informed that a study was done and results were recently
published by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The results showed
that the potential for abuse is always there even with aspirin with
some people. However the MAJORITY of AD/HD teens realized that their
Ritalin helped their symptoms and used their medication appropriately.
I am still trying to find the url to direct you to, so that you may
see the results with your own eyes.
In the meantime, I've been directed to a site at:
It is for the National Institute of Mental Health
(this is a good link for your site, Tony Mei)
and has many interesting informative spots regarding AD/HD. There is
also information (I think it was there) concerning an upcoming
conference -- free to the public in Bethesda, Maryland. Although
there was no charge for the conference, they do require advance
registration. This conference is featuring many nationally recognized
experts in the field of AD/HD
and will include the latest information on AD/HD. I sure wish I could
afford another trip, because I hate to miss it! If anyone is
interested and can't find it at that site, please mail me privately
and I will assist you. And if anyone out there attends it, I get a
copy of whatever hand-outs you get, for telling you about it! Please??
I can also share with you that at CHADD's recent conference we were
told by Dr. Russell Barkley, Director of Psychology and Professor of
Psychiatry and Neurology at the University of Massachusetts Medical
Center, of his recent findings in a 15 year follow-up study of young
Adults. He has not yet published the results, so I cannot share the
exact figures although I do have them. What I can tell you (and he
will be sharing at the above conference in Maryland) is that he was
very surprised to find that the numbers between AD/HD and non AD/HD
youth, that had drug abuse problems, did not differ as much as he had
expected. He does publish a quarterly newsletter. If you are
interested, you might check with your local library, although I'm not
sure if they would carry it. Once he publishes the results, I would
be happy to share them with anyone that is interested.
Sorry for the length of this post, but it was all stuff that needed to
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