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Commission des Citoyens pour les Droits de l’Homme©
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March against Overprescribing of Ritalin in Quebec

On this coming Saturday, September 29, 2012, a march will take place through the Latin Quarter and Old Montreal to reach the Palais des Congrès de Montreal to protest against the holding of the 62nd Annual Conference of the Canadian Psychiatric Association and the 32nd Annual Meeting of the Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. This demonstration is organized by the Citizens Commission on Human Rights, an international group established by the Church of Scientology in 1969 to protect human rights in the field of mental health. We protest ...

Because the psychiatric profession is behind the annual consumption of some 32 million Ritalin-type tablets by school children in Quebec. The province is particularly affected by this scourge with about 35% of the consumption and nearly 44% of the prescriptions of such psychostimulant substances in Canada while Quebec accounts for less than a quarter of the Canadian population, as revealed in Le Journal de Montreal last year.

Because scientific literature states that these drugs can cause severe hypertension, cardiac arrhythmia, depression, substance abuse, etc... and even death. We know more about this issue thanks to a Toronto Star investigation released just a few days ago on the nearly 600 reports of harmful effects caused by “medication” prescribed for "Attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder" (ADHD) sent to Health Canada in the last 10 years. The Star reports serious effects including 22 suicide attempts of which 7 were completed, and 4 deaths for other reasons. These 600 cases are deemed to be only a small part of a much bigger situation because health professionals are not required by law to make such reports.

Because “Attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder” is a made-up condition and because psychiatrists themselves recognize that there is no scientific or clinical test to determine the existence of this supposed "mental disorder." On this issue, the Toronto Star article cites one Dr. Sohail Khattak, a pediatrician and ADHD expert in Whitby (ON), who raises misdiagnosis as a possible cause for many of the harmful effects reports. This would not be surprising since the diagnosis of ADHD is based entirely on subjective and arbitrary criteria.

Because the Canadian Psychiatric Association and the Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, both currently meeting in Montreal, are pushing such unscientific “treatment” on the medical profession, the field of education, parents and children without notifying them of the potentially fatal consequences.

Because the situation has continued to deteriorate in recent years despite declarations made by the authorities. In January 2009, psychiatrist Yves Lamontagne, then president and CEO of the Quebec College of Physicians, stated that the explosion in the use of Ritalin in Quebec was largely due to pressure on doctors to prescribe at all costs, thus admitting that thousands of prescriptions were not based on medical diagnosis. Michelle Courchesne, then Minister of Education of Quebec, said that the situation would be improved by the implementation of a plan to support pupils, indirectly recognizing that pressure on parents and doctors were caused by educational problems, not medical.

Montreal, September 27, 2012.
Contact : Richer Dumais – 514-473-8316

Une dynamique de dopage (14 juin 2011, Journal de Montréal):

Le Québec, champion du Ritalin (28 décembre 2010, Journal de Montréal):

ADHD drugs suspected of hurting Canadian kids (26 September 2012, Toronto Star):

Toronto Star Investigation on ADHD drugs:

The Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) is an international non-profit organization that was founded in 1969 by the Church of Scientology to investigate and expose human rights violations in the field of mental health.