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coke add

cocaine as a Ritilan replacement
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I once read that cliff divers in mexico used Coca to focus their concentration. Speaking from experience I would say that cocaine and Ritilin are very similar in their affect. I'm not advocating drug use or abuse. I'm saying that I think that it could have a valid medical use. It would also take the money and power away from the drug lords of south america by paying the farmers for their crops.
reckless1, Dec 05 2003

Cocaine as self medication? http://www.scienced...e006fa31aa47cec1bd1
Postulates that cocaine abuse may be an effort to self medicate for ADD. [bungston]

Whoa, a little more than I wanted to know. http://cocaine.org/history/merck.html [bungston, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 06 2004]

Whoa, a little more than I wanted to know. http://cocaine.org/history/merck.html
[2 fries shy of a happy meal, Oct 04 2004]


       This is not an outrageous idea, and a search found many articles noting a very high prevalence of adult ADD among cocaine abusers. Cocaine and ritalin are very similar, and I think [reckless1] is right - cocaine probably would work for ADD symptoms. Cocaine would also have the advantage that it is cheap - but ritalin is not that expensive. Cocaine and ritalin both have high abuse potential. I do not think profits from the pharmacologic use of cocaine could substitute for the profits of illegal use. So, [reckless1], good observation but probably not workable.
bungston, Dec 06 2003

       Ritalin is actually an amphetamine. It is also the most abused drug in prisons.
mystic2311, Dec 06 2003

       I don't think Ritalin has yet been connected with heart damage as has cocaine. Remember Len Bias?
bristolz, Dec 06 2003

       Au contraire - a quick Google shows that Ritalin has indeed been associated with heart damage. (However, I don't feel like wading through the literature at this hour to figure out how credible the link is.)
DrCurry, Dec 06 2003

       The media coverage about cocaine and heart damage is obviously Biased.
mystic2311, Dec 09 2003

       UnaBubba, you are extremely obtuse. My joke about media "Bias" was so dumb I thought for sure even you would get it.
mystic2311, Dec 23 2003

       Nor could you if you wanted to.
mystic2311, Dec 23 2003

       //The media coverage about cocaine and heart damage is obviously Biased//   

       media coverage of the whole drug war is unbelievably biased. more people abuse drugs because they find out that they've been lied to about their effects by both the media and society. if the media would tell the truth about drugs (the good and the bad) and not overwhelm their audiences with distorted facts and bloated statistics, we'd be much better off. instead you have these zero tolerance psychos running around like headless chickens and demanding mandatory minimums and the like. jeez.
superman9k, Feb 15 2004


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