Ritalin: Drug Control

What is Attention Disorder (with or without hyperactivity)?

For many laboratories are using this illness (for many invented in order to bring a drug to control the total population), and beginning to create addicts from very early ages. He begins to tell you about this drug, one of the most dangerous to human freedom, precisely because legal. Remember the book "1984", "Brave New World" and the film "The Matrix". All this may be happening today in front of your nose!

Methylphenidate (MFD) is a psychostimulant, better known by the brand name Ritalin (in Hispanic countries: Ritalin). The MFD has existed for over 60 years. However, it gained special notoriety from the nineties. This was due to the spread of the diagnosis of attention deficit disorder with hyperactivity (ADHD) in children and adults, a phenomenon linked to the prescription of the MFD, the drug of choice for this treatment. For example, Concerta (one of many brands of MFD) reached in the U.S.. UU. sales volumes in excess of $ 839 million in 2005.

Both the diagnosis and drug have been challenged, even by appealing to ethical principles, ideological or religious. Such rejection has been attributed to moral panic of the non-specialist audience to the concept of drug treatment in children, or a belief (often unfounded) about the consequences. The subject occupied the mass media, speaking figures of psychoanalysis and psychiatry. This was the case of Scientology, a religious cult with interference in scientific matters.

Criticism of ADHD and methylphenidate become, often from a rejection of the general concept of neurobiological dysfunction and neurochemical assumptions underlying the practice of contemporary psychiatry.

Ciba Pharmaceutical Company (precursor to Novartis) pitched the product to market in 1955 with the name Ritalin. Since its inception, was used in a number of indications. The Physician's Desk Reference, 1957, stated further that he was "listed in chronic fatigue and lethargic and depressive states, including those associated with tranquilizing agents and other drugs, perturbed senile behavior, psychoneurosis and psychosis associated with depression."

In the early sixties, he popularized the use of the MFD to treat children with ADHD syndrome known then as "hyperactivity" or "minimal brain dysfunction (MBD). In those years, Ritalin could also growing popularity because of newspaper endorsements on their current use among celebrities from the worlds of politics and science, such as astronaut Buzz Aldrin, and the mathematician Paul Erdos.

In 1969, the Church of Scientology, founded the so-called Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR). A few months later, he would begin an open campaign, using the mass media, as opposed to psychiatric medication in general, and Ritalin in particular.
In 1971, the International Convention on Psychotropic Substances included the MFD in Schedule II.
MFD is currently the most commonly prescribed medication to treat ADHD around the world. According to estimates, over 75% of prescriptions for children are made to MFD, this disorder being about four times more common among boys than among girls. Production and prescription of MFD grew significantly in the nineties, especially in the United States, to the extent that the diagnosis of ADHD became better understood and more widespread acceptance within the medical and mental health.

Some of the best-known opponents are Peter Breggin, Thomas Armstrong, Fred Baughman and journalist Thom Hartmann, famous for his "theory of the farmer and the hunter" to characterize ADHD. They argue that neurobiological characteristics observed are not necessarily pathological origin, and express concern about the behavioral changes associated with the use of stimulants.

The estimated gross value of annual output of MFD in 2005, will at least seventeen times corresponding to 1990, according to the projected figures for the current year in the U.S.. UU., Passing in that span of less than 2 tons to over 30. The MFD is currently under international control the psychotropic drug most widely distributed in the legal circuit. It has become one of the most profitable manufacturing for the pharmaceutical industrial complex. The revenue from the market for ADHD drugs, including the MFD and its rivals, reached only in the U.S.. UU. values higher than the 3,100 million. Note that the annual gross domestic product of about 50 countries would be below these figures.