Snake oil salesmen would falsely claim that the potions would cure any ailments. – UrbanDictionary.com
“Americans would be horrified to learn that 2 million children across the nation are being given cocaine by their parents and doctors to make them behave better in school,” notes John Lang for the Eastside Journal. But in 1997, “about 2 million American school children and zooming numbers of adults [we]re taking the cocaine like medication to control their thoughts.”
“Like halitosis in the 1960s, impotence in the ‘70s and herpes in the
‘80s,…ADHD is one of the fastest growing disorders being diagnosed today.…And it is, according to believers as well as skeptics, possibly the most misdiagnosed disorder.2
“It’s a lucrative market for pharmaceutical companies,” writes Lang. David Stipp points out that “to maintain a 10% annual growth rate, the industry’s top 50 companies must more than triple their output of novel
A large number of [these] medications are being prescribed to treat childhood disorders. They include tranquilizers, stimulants, and antipsychotic
1 John Lang (Scripps Howard News Service), Ritalin Nation: two million little kids use a ‘smart pill’ that’s chemically similar to cocaine, Eastside Journal, 23 June 1997, 21(309), p. A1.
2 John Lang (Scripps Howard News Service), Ritalin: the debate speeds on; ADD: the diagnosis of the decade, Eastside Journal, 23 June 1997, 21(309), p. D1.
3 David Stipp, “The business of genetics,” Fortune, 31 March 1997, 135(6), p. 67.
4 David Sue, Derald Sue, & Stanley Sue, Understanding Abnormal Behavior, 4th ed. (Mass: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1994), p. 512.
Kevin Crosby, “Pharmacological Lobotomy,” SkewsMe.com, 2003-2008, at http://skewsme.com/ritalin.html (retrieved: 3 January 2013).
“EX-PHARMA SALES REP SPEAKS: WE ARE TRAINED TO MISNIFORMED; THE DRUGS ARE DANGEROUS,” KafkaWinstonWorld video at YouTube.com, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xTMg6vWIoLM (retrieved: 8 March 2015). (
“Refusal To Put Child On Psych Drugs Results In Swat Teams & a TANK. This is in America!” About Connect the blots… Psychiatry’s Hidden Plan: Destroy Liberty video at YouTube.com, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2IGZOGmsQc4 (retrieved: 3 January 2013). (