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NRA President Blames School Shootings on ADHD Drug

Disgraced U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Col. Oliver North, the new president of the National Rifle Association (NRA), blames the attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) drug “Ritalin” (methylphenidate) as among the factors behind the rising wave of lethal shootings at American schools.

Arthur J. Villasanta – Fourth Estate Contributor

Washington, DC, United States (4E) – Disgraced U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Col. Oliver North, the brand new president of the National Rifle Association (NRA), blames the eye deficit hyperactivity dysfunction (ADHD) drug “Ritalin” (methylphenidate) as among the many components behind the rising wave of deadly shootings at American faculties.

Without citing any scientific or medical proof in any respect, North stated the widespread use of Ritalin “by young boys … since they were in kindergarten,” and violent video video games are the explanation why Dimitrios Pagourtzis stormed into the Santa Fe High School outdoors of Houston, Texas, on May 18 and shot 10 individuals to demise whereas wounding 13 others. North provided no proof Pagourtzis is a person or abuser of Ritalin, or that this teenager has ADHD.

“The problem we’ve got is we’re trying like the dickens to treat the symptom without treating the disease,” declared North on Fox News on May 20. “And the illness, on this case, is not the Second Amendment. The illness is children who’re steeped in a tradition of violence, they have been drugged in lots of circumstances. Nearly all of those perpetrators are male they usually’re younger youngsters usually.

“Many of these young boys have been on Ritalin since they were in kindergarten. Now I’m certainly not a doctor, I’m a Marine, but I can see those kinds of things happening and endangering those two gals.”

Analysts who slammed these unfounded statements stated North lacks any actual proof confirming that Ritalin, or some other psychiatric drug, is accountable for any of the shootings seen lately. That’s as a result of the proof does not exist.

“I’m not aware of any case of school shooter where there’s a link in psychiatric medication and school shooting,” stated Peter Langman, a psychologist and skilled in class shootings and the director of SchoolShooters.data. Langman beforehand investigated the hyperlink between psychiatric medicines and college shootings, and has, successfully discovered the claims that medication are fueling violence throughout the nation — claims usually hyped by InfoWars and related proper wing provocateurs — are lies.

Ritalin is a stimulant that works by rising exercise within the central nervous system (by way of dopamine) to be able to improve alertness and focus in people which have hassle paying consideration and controlling impulsive actions. The mostly noticed negative effects of Ritalin overuse embrace urge for food loss, dry mouth, nervousness/nervousness, nausea, and insomnia. No proof has been uncovered that Ritalin use or abuse turns younger males into chilly blooded killers.

North gained notoriety within the notorious “Iran-Contra Scandal” within the late 1980s. He was convicted within the Iran-Contra Scandal however his convictions had been reversed, and all costs in opposition to him dismissed in 1991.

The scandal concerned the unlawful sale of weapons to Iran to encourage the discharge of U.S. hostages then held in Lebanon. North developed the second a part of the plan, which was to divert proceeds from the arms gross sales to help the Contra anti-communist insurgent teams in Nicaragua. Such an intervention was particularly prohibited beneath the Boland Amendment. North was granted restricted immunity from prosecution in alternate for testifying earlier than Congress in regards to the scheme.

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