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Major Study Reveals ADHD Drugs Have Never Been Proven Safe or Effective

Major Study Reveals ADHD Drugs Have Never Been Proven Safe or Effective

This is a must read for anyone interested or concerned about the ‘condition’ known as ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) and the approved drug treatments prescribed for it.

Alarming information particularly as we learn that 10,000 American toddlers are now taking amphetamine based ADHD drugs

Article By Kelly Patricia O’Meara:

As if it isn’t bad enough that there is no science to support the reported brain abnormality, ADHD, further proof has recently been made public that reveals the bogus research used to sell dangerous and even life-threatening ADHD drugs.

A recent study lead by researchers from Boston Children’s Hospital, the Department of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and several other institutions, concludes that the clinical trials for drugs approved as “treatment” for ADHD were not designed to assess adverse events or long-term safety and efficacy.

Literally millions of children have been prescribed ADHD drug “treatments” with virtually little to no understanding of the long-term safety or efficacy of the drugs. According to the information given in the study, two thirds of the 6.4 million American children (including 10,000 toddlers) diagnosed with the alleged ADHD are nothing short of a fraudulent life-threatening drug experiment.

These ADHD “treatments,” Methylphenidate (Ritalin) and Amphetamine/Dextroamphetamine (Adderall) have long been known as “kiddie cocaine.” According to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), ADHD drugs “produce discriminative stimulus effects similar to cocaine…; will substitute for each other and for cocaine in a number of paradigms…; and chronic high-dose administration of either drug in animals produces psychomotor stimulant toxicity including weight loss, stereotypic movements and death, and in clinical studies, they produce behavioral, psychological, subjective and reinforcing effects similar to cocaine.”

Major Study Reveals ADHD Drugs Have Never Been Proven Safe or Effective

Other known serious, even life-threatening effects of these ADHD “treatments” include: abnormal heart rate/rhythm, depression, hallucinations, homicidal ideation, insomnia, irritability, hostility, mania/psychosis, seizures, stunted growth, stroke and sudden death to name a few.

This information has been known for years. There are 44 drug regulatory agency warnings issued by eight countries, warning that ADHD drugs/stimulants cause harmful side effects and the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Adverse Event Reporting System (MedWatch) reveals more than 17,000 adverse reactions connected to ADHD drugs between 2004-2012.

Major Study Reveals ADHD Drugs Have Never Been Proven Safe or Effective

Knowledge of this information makes it even more questionable that only now has a study been conducted on the safety and long-term effects of ADHD “treatments,” especially in light of the study’s findings. Researchers identified 32 clinical trials used to obtain approval of ADHD drugs and found the following:

1. Eleven drugs (55%) were approved with less than 100 participants.

2. The median length of time that the drug was tested prior to its approval was only four weeks.

3. 38% of the drugs were actually approved with participants studied less than four weeks.

4. The median number of participants studied per drug was 75.

The study of clinical trial data for all approved ADHD drugs is important for two simple reasons. First, it is an admission that there is no medical or scientific proof that ADHD drugs are effective or safe. Secondly there is abundant evidence to prove that these drugs are dangerous, with 44 international drug regulatory agency warnings citing serious and even life-threatening side effects.

And lastly, but most importantly, there is not now, nor has there ever been, any medical or scientific test to show that any child diagnosed “ADHD” is suffering from a medical condition requiring drugs to “treat” it.

Article By Kelly Patricia O’Meara / CCHR International

http://www.cchrint.org/2014/11/13/adhd-drugs-have-never-been-proven-safe-or-effective/

Kelly Patricia O’Meara is an award-winning former investigative reporter for the Washington Times’ Insight Magazine, penning dozens of articles exposing the fraud of psychiatric diagnosis and the dangers of the psychiatric drugs—including her ground-breaking 1999 cover story, “Guns & Doses,” exposing the link between psychiatric drugs and acts of senseless violence. She is also the author of the highly acclaimed book, Psyched Out: How Psychiatry Sells Mental Illness and Pushes Pills that Kill. Prior to working as an investigative journalist, O’Meara spent sixteen years on Capitol Hill as a congressional staffer to four Members of Congress. She holds a B.S. in Political Science from the University of Maryland.

  • Rebecca

    Uhhh, that article is full of crap. That is NOT what that “study” means (and technically, it wasn’t even a study). It means that SOME of the medication trials used for approval by the FDA (not the later studies done, just those early ones used for FDA approval) were short term studies. They just didn’t show that the meds continued to be effective for years, or that no new side effects developed much later down the line. This person obviously doesn’t know how to read studies OR interpret them. Luckily, I have a education background in that area, and I can honestly say…this person did not know what they were looking at and read things into it that it simply does not say or imply. In other words, they made stuff up out of their own ignorance.
    And for the record, these aren’t the only medications with such short trials. MANY out there had them. If a medication shows to have great impact and relatively few significant side effects, and ESPECIALLY if there are not many alternatives, they will rush it through. Now there are a great many alternatives, but there didn’t used to be. Stimulants are considered to be some of the safest, most well-tolerated medications in all of psychiatry. Some of the newer non-stims, though…not so much. Such as Strattera. Those should honestly be avoided until all stims have been tried, or if the patient has a history of drug abuse.