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Facts at a Glance

  • 4-10% (est.) of all school age children are diagnosed with ADHD.

  • Methylphenidate (Ritalin) and amphetamine (Adderall) are central nervous system stimulants used to treat ADHD.

  • 70% of ADHD-diagnosed children respond to psycho-stimulant drugs (e.g. Ritalin). 15% improve when given anti-depressant drugs. Some children do not respond to any of these drug therapies

  • 8.5 tons of methylphenidate are produced each year globally.

  • 90% of the world’s Ritalin is used in the United States.

  • 9.9 million Ritalin prescriptions were written in the United States in 1999 alone.

  • In November 1999, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) warned about a record six-fold increase in Ritalin production between 1990 and 1995. 

  • A recent article in the Journal of the American Medical Association reports a three-fold increase in the prescription of stimulants to toddlers.

  • Nearly 50 % of doctors confess to spending an hour or less with a child before making an ADHD diagnosis and prescribing medication.

  • A National Institute of Health Consensus Development Conference (1998) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (2000) report found that there is no known biological basis for ADHD. 

 

 



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