Dan R Allen wrote:
This very subject came up in a meeting I attended recently, and a
statistic was thrown out that I found rather shocking: 40% of
missionaries from North America are supposably on Ritalyn. Has anyone
else heard this?

It seems more likely that this report is conflated with other legitimate
concerns.  It is widely reported that Ritalin is popular for
prescription drug abuse on college campuses.


I would need to see more substantive information sources to think that
Ritalin would be so widely prescribed for young missionaries.  And based
on my own observation, I seriously doubt that illegal drug use is a
widespread problem among Church missionaries.

The comment wasn't made in the mode of abuse/illegal use, but the belief
that a large number of missionaries are reporting to the mission field with
pre-existing prescriptions, and that it might be playing a factor in where
missionaries are assigned (the assumption was that the drug and
prescriptions are easier to maintain/fill in NA.)
I do know that it is heavily prescribed, whether justified or not I can't
really say.
It was brought up in a larger discussion about the number of people in the
ward suffering from depression, and the church's change to being more
supportive of people using drugs to overcome it.

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