Sunday, August 06, 2006

A Ritalin Abuse Death

I talked to a young man tonight who's brother died from Ritalin abuse. He said the prescription stimulant attacked his brother's heart, weakening it. That led to risky heart surgery, and his brother died on the operating table.

"He died during heart surgery, but it was Ritalin that killed him," he said, adding that Ritalin abuse is common on some college campuses.

This is the first I've heard of this. I did a Nexis search over the last year for stories of Ritalin abuse and death, and all I found was one reference to Ritalin's popularity at "pharm parties," where kids mix prescription drugs in a bowl and wash down mixtures of pills with alcohol.

8 comments:

Curtis said...

Here is some interesting research on Ritalin.

I wouldn't take it, so why would I give it to a child? It makes no sense.

dark_one said...

My name is Nikki Hughes and i would like to show you my personal experience with Ritalin.

I am 51 years old. Have been on Ritalin for 9 years now. I began taking it for depression after my marriage ended, and also in a misguided attempt to lose weight! I lost about 15 pounds at the beginning, had tons of energy, felt great...but the weight loss stopped within a few months.. I currently feel focused and motivated after I take it and am able to get a lot done. As well as the generic ritalin, I take 6 - 12 Tylenol 1 tablets a day. I know how bad this is, but can't seem to stop for more than a few days. The last nine years seem to be a blur...it's like I have lost those years....I hardly remember anything about them. I find this sad and frightening. I take what my doctor prescribed: three 10mg. tablets a day. I have tried many times to completely get off this drug but I now realize that I am truly addicted to it. If I stop taking it for more than one day I become extremely depressed and have very negative, hopeless thoughts and ideas.

I have experienced some of these side effects-
very irritable when it wears off; sometimes difficult to fall asleep, memory loss, hear music in my head that won't stop.

I hope this information will be useful to others,
Nikki Hughes

Ritalin Prescription Information

pwg1126 said...

My 22 yr. old son died from Ritalin abuse. He was diagnosed with ADD at age 12. He seemed fine until he started College and then the abuse seemed to happen his third year at UNM where he lived with his mother and brother Ryan. He seemed to believe he could not succeed at school or at a job without Ritalin and became two people. He was an addict and a sweet caring God fearing boy. He dropped out and tried Respiratory school, then he dropped out of this. I talked him in to coming to live with me his father who lives in League City, Texas. Sean volunteered to go get help at the Herman Memorial Recovery Center. He stayed 3 weeks before they told me he was being kicked out and that he was not buying in to the fact he was an addict. Ritalin seems so clean, but I read it was in the top 10 most addictive drugs. My sweet son died in the parking lot in his car after 2 days at the Mens House Halfway House. Sean died trying and I love him very much. I hope in Seans memory I can help others to warn them of using amphetamines for ADD or ADHD. Sean is with God now his fight is over, but we miss him so.

Carol said...

I am so sorry for your loss. If you would like to share your story on a talk radio show that focuses on the dangers of Ritalin and other sychotropic drugs, please email me at carol@hthradio.net. I would love to talk with you. Carol Meador

Patrick D said...

Hello friend very interesting post about A Ritalin Abuse Death, I would like to know if i can use the Ritalin to prevent or solve some memory disorder??? I would like to learn more about this medicament, please when you add information please send me an email

Serg said...

A friend of mine also lost his brother due to ritalin, same thing it attack his hearth, he told me that in the night before his death he buy viagra and use it, maybe that got something to do.

pwg1126 said...

My son would take as much as 32 pills (20mg) in one day. He was like a fiend who craved it, but he asked me why did God give me this curse. I told him this was not the work of God this was the enemy of God. He puts the temptation out there, you start abusing and taking more for the addiction and the need to feel normal, then there is the crash the nausea, stomach cramping. Sean had a brain illness like Nora Volkow director of the National Institute of Drug Abuse proved with brain imaging. The damage is done to the part of the brain that makes the yes no decisions. Once you are an addict you need a 90 day or more treatment center to help you increase your chance to get well from 30% to 70%.

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