Dan R Allen wrote:
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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?
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Jim:
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.

"http://www.cnn.com/2001/HEALTH/children/01/08/college.ritalin/";

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.

Dan:
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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