Shedding Light in the Darkness

Keeping Kids Drugged


The latest report by the United Nations International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) report notes that the United States accounts for approximately 80% of total world consumption of methylphenidate (Ritalin). Typically prescribed for ADHD, the levels of consumption of methylphenidate in the U.S. has increased dramatically.

Back in 1996 the U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration warned – “No other nation prescribes stimulants in such volume to its children.” It also warned, “there is strong evidence that the drugs have been greatly over-prescribed in some parts of the country as a panacea for behavior problems. This constitutes a potential health threat to many children.”

The global consumption of methylphenidate increased more than tenfold from 4.2 tons (139 million defined daily doses) in 1992 to 51 tons (1.5 billion) in 2011. By 2013 the global figure had jumped to 2.4 billion doses.

The INCB report also noted that in Australia, two-year-old children are increasingly being prescribed medication containing methylphenidate.


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