Re: Mass Drugging

Harvey Newstrom (
Mon, 6 Dec 1999 13:11:34 -0500

KPJ <> wrote on Monday, December 06, 1999 7:31 am,

> In the olden days a drug called ``Ritalina'' existed which contained
> amphetamines. Would the ``Ritalin'' be identical to ``Ritalina''?
> The manufacturer made ``Ritalina'' for people who wanted to lose weight.
> As some doctors order amphetamines for young humans diagnosed with DAMP,
> the above identity hypothesis seems to hold its water, as it were.

I don't understand why this list is full of "hypotheses" that are propagated without the most basic fact checking. Why not just look up the composition of Ritalin to see if its identity is identical to amphetamine?

The Physician Desk Reference shows that Ritalin hydrochloride tablets contain methylphenidate hydrochloride, and that methylphenidate hydrochloride is methyl (alpha)-phenyl-2-piperidineacetate hydrochloride.

Harvey Newstrom <mailto://>
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