Repost of Attention Deficit Fiasco
bgold at itsa.ucsf.edu
Sun Dec 17 11:08:38 EST 1995
From: You'dLikeToKnow <spanky at imt.net>
Subject: Major PBS Expose' on CIBA-G backing of ADD "support" groupt
Date: 17 Dec 1995 00:35:48 GMT
Organization: Client Advocates ( and B.R.A.D.)
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A Merrill report on PBS has recently made it known that CIBA-Geigy
provides 20% of the funds (> $800,000) to back a "support" group for
parents of "ADD" kids. The literature of the group AT LEAST until this
was expose' contained no mention of corporate backing and all parents
interviewed were unaware. The "literature" provided was shown as
Furthermore this support group (CH.A.D.D.) got involved with the
(63%)department of Education and made a film heralding Ritalin (by trade
name) as THE major treatment for ADD. Until the expose' the Dept. of
Ed. was unaware of a connection between CH.A.D.D. and the drug company.
The majority of parents interviewed in this film on ADD treatment were
CH.A.D.D. board members (Chicago chapter). A spokeperson for the Dept.
of Ed. showed concern about this matter and said he would look into. He
and others thought that CIBA, being behind things without making that
known, was unethical. The prescription of Ritalin has increase 500%
since 1990. CH.A.D.D. has been petitioning the government to deregulate
this chemical. I believe the petition has now been declined.
A major if not the major spokeperson (mouthpiece?) for CH.A.D.D. is a
clinical psychologist. Any problems with any of this?
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