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Old December 9th 03, 09:53 PM
Roger Schlafly
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This study found that ritalin use leads to cocaine abuse.

Stimulant treatment in high school also did not influence drug use in
adulthood except for greater use of cocaine.
http://pediatrics.aappublications.or...tract/111/1/97

They found, unfortunately, that treatment with stimulant medication in high
school is significantly associated with the risk of ever trying cocaine.
That this is a valid conclusion is supported by their finding that treatment
with stimulant medication in childhood is associated with cocaine use in
adulthood, although after adjusting for "disease severity" and the presence
of conduct disorder, the association was no longer significant.
The authors work extraordinarily hard to explain to the reader why the first
finding, which is statistically significant, is actually not real. The nave
reader may wonder why the authors are so invested in undermining their own
carefully performed results.

http://pediatrics.aappublications.or...act/112/6/1459



It is not hard to explain. The study author is a big promoter of stimulant
medication
for ADHD, and has written a book on the subject.
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...234100-4292065


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Old December 9th 03, 11:00 PM
Marciosos2 Probertiosos2
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"Roger Schlafly" wrote in message
...
This study found that ritalin use leads to cocaine abuse.

Stimulant treatment in high school also did not influence drug use in
adulthood except for greater use of cocaine.
http://pediatrics.aappublications.or...tract/111/1/97

They found, unfortunately, that treatment with stimulant medication in

high
school is significantly associated with the risk of ever trying cocaine.
That this is a valid conclusion is supported by their finding that

treatment
with stimulant medication in childhood is associated with cocaine use in
adulthood, although after adjusting for "disease severity" and the

presence
of conduct disorder, the association was no longer significant.
The authors work extraordinarily hard to explain to the reader why the

first
finding, which is statistically significant, is actually not real. The

nave
reader may wonder why the authors are so invested in undermining their own
carefully performed results.

http://pediatrics.aappublications.or...act/112/6/1459



It is not hard to explain. The study author is a big promoter of stimulant
medication
for ADHD, and has written a book on the subject.

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...234100-4292065

from http://pediatrics.aappublications.or...tract/111/1/97

See last sentence....(roger, the last sentence is the one with the *** in
front and in back).

Results. Duration of stimulant treatment was not significantly associated
with frequency of any form of drug use by young adulthood. Stimulant-treated
children had no greater risk of ever trying drugs by adolescence or any
significantly greater frequency of drug use by young adulthood. Stimulant
treatment in high school also did not influence drug use in adulthood except
for greater use of cocaine. This difference was no longer significant after
controlling for severity of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and
conduct disorder in childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. Stimulant
treatment in either childhood or high school was not associated with any
greater risk for any formal Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental
Disorders, Third Edition, Revised drug dependence or abuse disorders by
adulthood. Treatment with stimulants did not increase the risk of ever
having tried most illegal substances by adulthood except for cocaine.
***Subsequent analyses showed that this elevated risk was primarily mediated
by severity of conduct disorder by young adulthood and not by stimulant
treatment in childhood.***

Can you read? Did you understand that sentence if you could?





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Old December 9th 03, 11:31 PM
Roger Schlafly
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adulthood. Treatment with stimulants did not increase the risk of ever
having tried most illegal substances by adulthood except for cocaine.
***Subsequent analyses showed that this elevated risk was primarily

mediated
by severity of conduct disorder by young adulthood and not by stimulant
treatment in childhood.***


Yeah, so he says, because he is a big ritalin pusher. But the fact is that
his data show that ritalin users are more likely to abuse cocaine. His
theory for the reason is questionable.

BTW, the data don't seem to be available; I just posted the abstract link.


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Old December 9th 03, 11:35 PM
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"Roger Schlafly" wrote in message
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adulthood. Treatment with stimulants did not increase the risk of ever
having tried most illegal substances by adulthood except for cocaine.
***Subsequent analyses showed that this elevated risk was primarily

mediated
by severity of conduct disorder by young adulthood and not by stimulant
treatment in childhood.***


Yeah, so he says, because he is a big ritalin pusher. But the fact is that
his data show that ritalin users are more likely to abuse cocaine. His
theory for the reason is questionable.


So you say. Of course, Dr. B reached his conclusion by analysis, not idle
specualtion. We know your biases, and your proclivity for idle specualtion.

BTW, the data don't seem to be available; I just posted the abstract link.


I am sure it is available in the original article.

Dust off your library card.




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Old December 10th 03, 03:32 AM
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Bottom line of the study: This study concurs with 11 previous studies in
finding no compelling evidence that stimulant treatment of children with
attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder leads to an increased risk for
substance experimentation, use, dependence, or abuse by adulthood.


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Old December 10th 03, 04:02 AM
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"Roger Schlafly" wrote in message
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But the fact is that his data show ......


BTW, the data don't seem to be available...


??????

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CBI, MD


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Old December 10th 03, 06:30 AM
Roger Schlafly
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"Jeff" wrote
Bottom line of the study: This study concurs with 11 previous studies in
finding no compelling evidence that stimulant treatment of children with
attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder leads to an increased risk for
substance experimentation, use, dependence, or abuse by adulthood.


Isn't it amazing how all those ritalin advocates can explain away the
evidence that is staring them in the face?


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Old December 10th 03, 01:52 PM
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"Roger Schlafly" wrote in message
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"Jeff" wrote
Bottom line of the study: This study concurs with 11 previous studies in
finding no compelling evidence that stimulant treatment of children with
attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder leads to an increased risk for
substance experimentation, use, dependence, or abuse by adulthood.


Isn't it amazing how all those ritalin advocates can explain away the
evidence that is staring them in the face?


Isn't it always amazing how you can come to conclusions that are not
supported by the data?

Jeff


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Old December 10th 03, 02:14 PM
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"Roger Schlafly" wrote in message
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"Jeff" wrote
Bottom line of the study: This study concurs with 11 previous studies in
finding no compelling evidence that stimulant treatment of children with
attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder leads to an increased risk for
substance experimentation, use, dependence, or abuse by adulthood.


Isn't it amazing how all those ritalin advocates can explain away the
evidence that is staring them in the face?


No, the amazing thing is that you cannot read.



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Old December 10th 03, 07:50 PM
Roger Schlafly
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"Roger Schlafly" wrote
Isn't it amazing how all those ritalin advocates can explain away the
evidence that is staring them in the face?


Here are some more new studies showing negative long-term
consequences of ritalin.

Ritalin use in preteen children may lead to depression later in life,
studies of rats suggest.
http://my.webmd.com/content/article/...000_1000_nb_05
http://www.nih.gov/news/pr/dec2003/nida-08.htm
http://www.forbes.com/business/newsw...tr1172286.html


 




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