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The Silent Death of America’s Children

If Your child has suffered any side effects from the new non-stimulant ADHD miracle drug created by Eli Lilly and Company called Strattera (atomoxetine HCl) please report side effects Here: This info will benefit many other children in the future.

This is an educational resource for parents who are being pressured into drugging their child for ADHD by a school Psychologist, social worker, teacher, or principle.

Parents want what's best for their child, in many cases at the start of the new school year parents are being told that their child has ADHD and that medication would be a great benefit.

Between 1990 and 2000 there were 186 deaths from methylphenidate  reported to the FDA MedWatch program, a voluntary reporting scheme, the numbers of  which represent no more than 10 to 20% of the actual incidence.

In 1998 at the National Institutes of Health Consensus on ADHD, the following statement was issued: "We do not have an independent, valid test for ADHD, and there is no data to indicate that ADHD is due to a brain malfunction".

We wish to expose the health risks, dangers, and deaths that are a direct result of administering psycho-tropic drugs to children. These psycho-tropic drugs given to children labeled with ADHD include Ritalin, Methylphenidate, Concerta, Dexedrine, Dextrostat, and Metadate, just to name a few.

It is time for parents to come together and fight this horrific war against the drugging of our children, America's future.

This crusade requires a united front. If you want to join, contribute, and/or become an active member of this justified crusade please contact us.

I hope our story and information will in some way benefit you and your child and prevent our tragedy from being your families’ reality and nightmare.

Our 14-year-old Son died from Ritalin use

Our fourteen year old son Matthew suddenly died on March 21, 2000. The cause of death was determined to be from the long-term (age 7-14) use of Methylphenidate, a drug commonly known as Ritalin.

According to Dr. Ljuba Dragovic, the Chief Pathologist of Oakland County, Michigan, upon autopsy, Matthew's heart showed clear signs of small vessel damage caused from the use of Methylphenidate (Ritalin).

The certificate of death reads: "Death caused from Long Term Use of Methylphenidate, (Ritalin)."

I was told by one of the medical examiners that a full-grown man's heart weighs about 350 grams and that Matthew's heart's weight was about 402 grams. Dr. Dragovic said this type of heart damage is smoldering and not easily detected with the standard test done for prescription refills. The standard test usually consists of blood work, listening to the heart, and questions about school behaviors, sleeping and eating habits.

*What is important to note here is that Matthew did not have any pre-existing heart condition or defect.

Matthew's story started in a small town within Berkley, Michigan. While in first grade Matthew was evaluated by the school, who believed he had ADHD. The school social worker, Monica Fuchs, kept calling us in for meetings. One morning at one of these meetings while waiting for the others to arrive, Monica told us that if we refused to take Matthew to the doctor and get him on Ritalin, child protective services could charge us for neglecting his educational and emotional needs. My wife and I were intimidated and scared. We believed that there was a very real possibility of losing our children if we did not comply with the schools threats.

Monica further explained ADHD to us, stating that it was a real brain disorder. She also went on to tell us that the Methylphenidate (Ritalin) was a very mild medication and would stimulate the brain stem and help Matthew focus.

We gave into the schools pressure and took our son to a pediatrician that they recommended. His name was Dr. John Dorsey of Birmingham, Michigan. While visiting Dr. Dorsey with the schools recommendation for Methylphenidate (Ritalin) in hand, I noted that he seemed frustrated with the school. He asked us to remind the school that he was not a pharmacy. I can only conclude from his comment that we were not the first parents sent to him by this school. Dr. Dorsey officially diagnosed Matthew with ADHD. The test used for the diagnosis was a five minute pencil twirling trick, resulting in me being handed a prescription for Methylphenidate/Ritalin.

It is important to note that the schools insistence and role in our son's drugging was documented in a letter written by Monica to the pediatrician stating: "We would have hoped you would have started Matthew on a trial of medication by now".

At no time were my wife and I ever told significant facts regarding the issue of ADHD and the drugs used to "treat it". These significant facts withheld from us inevitably would have changed the road that we were headed down by ultimately altering the decisions we would have made.

We were not told that The Drug Enforcement Administration had classified Methylphenidate (Ritalin) as a Schedule II drug, comparable to Cocaine.

We were not told that Methylphenidate is also one of the top ten abused prescription drugs.

At no time were we informed of the unscientific nature of the disorder.

We were not told that there was widespread controversy among the medical establishment in regards to the validity of the disorder.

Furthermore, we were not provided with information involving the dangers of using Methylphenidate (Ritalin) as "treatment" for ADHD. One of these dangers includes the fact that Methylphenidate causes constriction of veins and arteries, causing the heart to work overtime and inevitably leading to damage to the organ itself.

We were not made aware of the large number of children's deaths, that have been linked with these types of drugs used as "treatment".

While Matthew was taking Methylphenidate (Ritalin), at no time, were we informed of any test: EKG, echocardiogram. These types of tests could have detected the damage done to his heart. These test are not considered "standard" in monitoring "treatment" of ADHD they are usually never administered to children. Sadly death is inevitable without the possibility of detection.

*I want to ask every parent out there these important questions:

How different would your decisions be if information was withheld from you? How different would your decisions be if you receive only distorted data?

I, myself, know that our families and Matthews outcome would have been quite different had we received all information. If I had known certain facts I would have acted differently and my son would be alive today. This I am sure of.

Informed Consent", which states in part A person's agreement to allow something to happen (such as surgery) that is based on a full disclosure of the facts needed to make the decision intelligently; i.e. knowledge of risks involved, alternatives etc" and "the probable risks against the probable benefits"

The violation of parent's rights is when they are not told of the unscientific nature of so-called disorders such as ADHD or the risks of the treatments involving (drugs) and they certainly are not told of alternatives to their child's behavior such as undiagnosed allergies or food sensitivities, which could manifest with the symptoms of what psychiatry calls ADHD.

Here are some facts that are being withheld from parents that could possibly alter their life decisions and outcomes.

Did you know that schools receive additional money from state and federal government for every child labeled and drugged? This clearly demonstrates a possible "financial incentive" for schools to label and drug children. It also backs up the alarming rise/increase in the labeling and drugging that has taken place in the last decade within our schools.

Did you know that parents receiving welfare money from the government can get additional funds for every child that they have labeled and drugged? In this way, many lower socio-economic parents (many times single mothers) are reeled into the drugging by these financial incentives waved in front of them in hard times, making lifestyle changes possible.

Did you know that by labeling your child with ADHD, you are actually labeling them with a mental illness listed in the DSM-IV, the unscientific billing bible of psychiatry?

Did you know that a child taking a psycho-tropic, psycho-stimulant drug after the age of 12 is ineligible for military service?

Did you know that the subjective checklists that are being used as criteria for diagnosis are very similar to the checklists used to determine Gifted and Talented Children? These two checklists are almost identical.

The Drug Enforcement Administration clearly states in their report on Methylphenidate: "However, contrary to popular belief, stimulants like methylphenidate will affect normal children and adults in the same manner that they affect ADHD children. Behavioral or attentional improvements with methylphenidate treatment therefore is not diagnostic of ADHD." (p.11) This statement thoroughly contradicts what is being told to many parents by the many "professionals" that have a vested stake in the diagnosis itself.

The DEA further states that: "Of particular concern is that most of the ADHD literature prepared for public consumption by CHADD and other groups and available to parents, does not address the abuse potential or actual abuse of methylphenidate. Instead, methylphenidate (usually referred to as Ritalin by these groups) is routinely portrayed as a benign, mild substance that is not associated with abuse or serious side effects. In reality, however, there is an abundance of scientific literature which indicates that methylphenidate shares the same abuse potential as other Schedule II stimulants." (p.4)

Did you know that groups like CHADD and others available to parents are being supported financially by pharmaceutical companies? This is a red flag and demonstrates a conflict of interest in the role that these groups have regarding our children's health and well-being.

Did you know that there are studies such as the Berkeley Study that contends that Ritalin and other stimulants further raise the risk of drug abuse? From the Wall Street Journal, Monday, May 17, 1999 by Marilyn Chase: "Nadine Lambert, a professor of education, followed almost 500 children for 26 years. She argues that exposure to Ritalin makes the brain more susceptible to the addictive power of cocaine and doubles the risk of abuse." This study seems to never make it into the hands of parents because it doesn't support the theories of those using the diagnosis to profit off of our children. What does seem to make it into many parents’ hands is research indicating that if children go "untreated", which corresponds with "unmedicated" they will "self-medicate" or end up as juvenile delinquents. Sadly many of these parents are not aware that many of this biased and unproven research (one such is the Beiderman study) infiltrating our schools are actually being distributed by pharmaceutical companies, such as Novartis. This in itself is another red flag and conflict of interest surrounding our children's health.

I leave you with this question: How many more 11 year old Stephanie Hall's, 14 year old Matthew Smith's and 10 year old Shaina Dunkle's need to die before we realize what is happening and speak out and act to put an end to it? One toy might be recalled if 1 or 2 children die from it. How many children have to die from these drugs before we realize and put an end to this horror. Why should hundreds or thousands have to die before we are outraged and act? Is the profit of so many, worth more than our children's safety and lives? Sadly the deaths of these children have remained unexposed and suppressed for so long because there is a tremendous amount of money and profit at stake for so many. My son's voice will not be one of those suppressed and quieted.

Matthew's voice in death will be heard by all.

Lawrence T. Smith

Table of Contents

  1. Death From Ritalin The Truth Behind ADHD
    An educational resource for parents who are being pressured to  drug their
    children for ADHD by, school Psychologist, social worker, teacher, or principle.

  2. Death From Ritalin The Truth Behind ADHD archive homepage 2000-2002

  3. Lawrence T. Smith author of


    Helpful information and insight on the issues
    of ADHD and Medication


  4. Ritalin Package insert

  5. Coming Soon
    a new extension to will be a great resource for those searching the web for current info on the side effects being caused from the use of Strattera, also a good place to post a public report.

  6. A Model Consent Form for Children and Psychiatric Drugs
    I am aware that I will never be able to remove this diagnostic label or any other from my child's medical record, and that this record may interfere with possible educational and vocational directions of my child.

  7. A Few Simple Truths About ADHD and Stimulant Drugs
    Responses to Common Professional Statements Made to Parents About Their Children

  8. Relationship between CHADD & pharmaceutical industry
    The organization (CHADD) Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorders has been a recipient of financial donations and contributions from the drug company Ciba/Novartis for many years.

  9. Help Page
    For Parents that are being pressured into drugging their children for ADHD.

  10. Scientists Find Little, If Any, Proof Ritalin Is Effective
    By Brad Evenson National Post - Canada 2-6-2

  11. Composers of APA Division 29's (Psychotherapy) Brochure Project
    Read letter that began as an effort on the part of Dr. Galves to dialogue with
    the composers of APA Division 29's (Psychotherapy) Brochure Project

    Health hazards of using stimulant medications as treatment for Attention Deficit Hyper-Activity Disorder ADHD! Drugs used to control the behaviors of millions of children, Adderall, Concerta, Dexedrine, Metadate, Methylphenidate, Ritalin and more.

  13. The Netherlands Advertisement Code Commission (Reclame Code Commissie)
    has ruled that the country’s Brain Foundation cannot claim that the controversial psychiatric condition Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a neurobiological disease or brain dysfunction.

  14. Ethics in Education
    There are far too many postings from parents about the concerns regarding the label and drugging of children that go unanswered. It is time we have an honest and open debate about the mental health system and the drug industry. Written by Sheila Matthews

  15. Is Your ADHD Support Group a Front Organization
    for the Pharmaceutical Industry? written By Richard DeGrandpre, Ph.D.

  16. Our Schools Are Turning Into Mental Institutions
    with the teachers as the diagnosticians. Written by
    Patricia Mark

  17. Between 1990 and 2000 186 children died from Ritalin alone
    ADHD is not a disorder; they are behaviors ( 18 of them ) that society now deems as a disease that have no scientific validity behind them at all.

  18. Drug Children to Death
    The "child protectors" just don't care what they do to the children they're charged with protecting

  19. Some psychiatrists want to start treating "relational disorders." Are they nuts?


    Articles written by Dr. Fred Baughman

    By Fred A. Baughman Jr., MD 7-5-02

    By Fred A. Baughman Jr., MD

    by Fred A. Baughman Jr., MD 9/25/00 Our Children?


     Articles written by: Dr. Samuel L. Blumenfeld

  23. Articles written by: Dr. Samuel L. Blumenfeld
    Author of Eight Books on Education

  24. How Drug Company Money Has Corrupted Psychiatry
    by Loren R. Mosher, M.D.

    by Dan L. Edmunds, MA, EdD candidate



  27. H R 1170 Child Medication Safety Act of 2003
    To protect children and their parents from being coerced into administering psychotropic medication in order to attend school, and for other purposes. 1170.htm

  28. Parents for Label and Drug Free Education
    If you are
    being pressured to take your child to the doctor so they can get on drugs?
    Please visit our website  and fill out our petition. This petition is a parent complaint form. coerced to drug their children!!!.htm


  29. Committee on Government Reform
    Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders—Are Children Being Over Medicated

  30. Committee on Government Reform

  31. Committee on Government Reform

  32. Committee on Government Reform
    Testimony of Dr. Mary Ann Block Author, No More ADHD:
    10 Steps to Help Improve Your Child's Attention & Behavior Without Drugs!

  33. Committee on Government Reform


  34. Michigan House Bill 4025 of 2003
    would prohibit school personnel from making a psychological diagnosis of a child and would also prohibit school personnel from recommending psychotropic drugs for any child. 4025.htm

  35. View graft of State Bills and Resolutions passed and pending between 1999-2000


  36. Parents may face jail over compulsory drug orders
    Parents of children diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) will face jail under proposals in the new Mental Health Bill if they refuse to drug their children, a psychiatrist has warned.


    Parents and children whose lives have been effected
    by the subjective ADHD diagnosis and the drugs used as treatment.


  37. In Memory of children that have died from the use of psychotropic medications

  38. Mother's story about 10 year old daughter Shaina's Death,
    caused form Desipramine toxicity! Written by Vicky Dunkle

  39. 11-Year-old Stephanie Died from Ritalin Use

  40. The Day I Could of Lost My Son
    In 1997 I was told by my son's public school several things…
    By Patricia Weathers


  41. The boy, Michael Mozer, plans to sue the school officials

  42. Doping Kids
    The most common ADHD remedy among pediatricians and representatives of the mental-health community is, as noted, Ritalin. INSIGHT Magazine June 28,1999 Kelly Patricia O'Meara

  43. The Psychiatric Labeling and Drugging of Our Children
    Written By Sheila Matthews

  44. Letter from school social worker asking doctor to put six year old on medication



  45. Other Relevant Websites

  46. News Links related to ADD, ADHD & the drugs used as treatment

  47. Links to Articles By Kelly Patricia O’Meara Investigative reporter for Insight Magazine



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