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Ritalin Addiction Help-Line
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What Drugmakers of ADD & ADHD Drugs Don't Want You to Know

Thousands of children have suddenly died over the years, as a direct result of using psychotropic drugs used for ADD and ADHD.


Amphetamine-type drugs such as Ritalin, Adderall and Dexedrine and the Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRI), such as Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil and Luvox and the new selective norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors can cause serious side effects.

These can include suicide, seizures and cardiac problems such as arrhythmias, hypertension, heart failure and even death. These drugs can also cause emotional symptoms such as psychosis, agitation, aggression, hostility, anxiety and hallucinations.

Parents can find complete information about the side-effects of each drug in the drug insert from the pharmacist or in the Physician's Desk Reference.

Thousands of children have died over the years as a direct result of using psychotropic drugs for ADD and ADHD. was created in memory of children that have died from the use of drugs used to treat ADD and ADHD and the many families that are left behind to suffer with no accountability

Between the years of 1990-2000 over 569 children were hospitalized,
38 of them were life threatening hospitalizations, and 186 died.

Macauley Showalter, 7 year old, died from the use of Ritalin and 3 other psychiatric drugs. (Cardiac Arrest)

Randy Steel, 9 year old from San Antonio, TX died form the use of Dexedrine + several drugs. (Cardiac Arrest)

10 year old from Smethport, Pennsylvania died from Desipramine toxicity, drug was used to treat mild ADHD.

11 year old from Canton, OH died from Ritalin use, used to treat ADHD. (Cardiac Arrhythmia)

Cameron Pettus, 12-year-old from Austin, TX.
Death was caused from Desipramine use, hyper-eosinophilic syndrome.

 Travis Neal 13 year old from Chattanooga, TN. died from Ritalin use. (Cardiomyopathy)

14 year old from Berkley, MI died from Ritalin use, used to treat ADHD. (Cardiomyopathy)

12-Year-Old Adrian David Wade committed suicide after 115 days of Strattera.

15-year-Old Leanne M. Bessner committed suicide after about 2 months of Concerta

Some legal information

If your child has died because of a medication I want to help you out with some information so there will be some accountability for your family.

Because of our ignorance there was never any accountability.

Here are a few tips I know that will help you and your attorneys out, because we have been through the mill and have learned a lot.

I know haw hard it is to loss your child and money will never bring them back or replace them, but there needs to start being some accountability for deaths of children caused from psychotropic medications like toxicity, heart failure, suicide, anything linked with the drug and the death of your child.

Even though you are very upset you can not waste any time.

There is a lot of things going on behind our backs so there will be little or no accountability.

Here is one good example below most people don't even know about.

What is going on behind the backs of American Citizens?

Drug companies are having laws passed throughout the USA one state at a time, which states if their drugs has been approved by the FDA and a child dies from their drug, parents can't hold them accountable.

Drug companies are literally hiding behind the FDA. Is the FDA above the law? No I don't think so. Drug makers are now unaccountable for their defective products in many states.

There must be accountability and because the FDA is allowing this type of law to be passed in the states it is a clear indication that the FDA is going to have to start taking on responsibility and accountability for deaths caused from drugs they have approved of.

If drug maker have lobbied and have had this law passed in your state which states if the FDA has approved of the drug you can not go after the drug maker, you don't waste time, you need to know. It's time we start going after the FDA!

If your state has not passed the law which allows the drug company to hide behind the FDA

Drug companies are also going from state to state to have caps put on product liability
of like $500.000 for example. In some cases it is better to take the case to the state where the drug was made depending on the cap.

You will need a good attorney with past experience in theses type of cases.

You will need an expert on the side effects of the drug who is on your side not the drug manufactures.

You will need to keep on the medical examiner to the information in a timely manner.

You will need to know the laws mentioned above in your state.

You will need to know the statute of limitations in your state for product liability.
It could be three years but you need to know.

You will need to know statute of limitations in your state for medical malpractice.
It could be two years, but you need to know.

You and your attorneys have the right to look over all the information about the jurors and through out the ones you don't want.

By law you are allowed a jury of your own peers, I would want other parents whose children have died as a result of psychotropic medications, which would be a jury of your own peers, also people that have about the same income as your family.

I would refuse any jury member that has anything to do with Psychiatry or the pharmaceutical industry.

I hope this will help you out a bit.

Information provided courtesy of

  • Drug Facts
  • Many non-medical users crush the tablets and either snort the resulting powder, or dissolve it in water and "cook" it for intravenous injection.
  • Some street names for Ritalin are : Kibbles and bits, speed, west coast, vitamin R, r-ball, smart drug
  • Ritalin is a Schedule II Controlled Substance. Other Schedule II drugs are Oxycontin and Percocet.
  • According to a new DEA report, in some U.S. schools a staggering 30 percent of students are medicated.