A Spoonful of Sugar Helps the Amphetamines Go Down

Peter Breggin discusses the FDA approval of sweetened, melt-in-your-mouth amphetamines with psychologist Michael Cornwall. Listen here.

You can read Michael Cornwall’s Mad in America article, Why Parents Give Amphetamines and Other Risky Psychiatric Drugs to the Children They Love (and other articles) here.

Another noteworthy article on stimulants: 

The Speed of Hypocrisy: How America Got Hooked on Legal Meth

I can understand the practicality of making meds easier to take when they are medically necessary, but as a once misdiagnosed child drugged to my eyeballs for over a decade, the words ‘drug compliance’ or “take your meds,” makes me physically ill.

Even more so? Sweetening hardcore, yet legal, drugs to make them more palatable to the children they are forced on for problems that probably really stem from countless life/health factors, and not an arbitrarily defined attentional disorders, diagnosed ala DSM bingo.


3 thoughts on “A Spoonful of Sugar Helps the Amphetamines Go Down

  1. There was just a huge campaign to fight smoking companies from targeting children with their ads and packaging. Children pressure parents to buy sweet cereals and other sweet foods.

    Some Children will want to take this candy not knowing it is a dangerous drug and they will ask their parents for the drug.

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  2. Dear Jane, The irony is cracking (pun intended) me up. I was named, in part, after Julie Andrews, but was born before she starred in Mary Poppins. The song, A Spoonful of Sugar, I am sure, was not even intended to refer to “meds.” I say this because I was so inspired by the nanny who could fly in from the sky that I became a nanny myself beginning in 1978.

    I am positive that Mary Poppins intended to do one simple thing. To make otherwise dull lives fun for children. Of course psychiatry totally missed the boat on that one, making our fun lives flattened as can be. Why, then, are Big Pharma’s pills so colorful?

    A spoonful of sugar…..How about multicolored scripts to match and polka-dotted ties on psychiatrists? Next comes the house of mirrors. I dare anyone to walk through one. I’ll meet you on the other side of the rabbit hole.



    • Never thought about it that way. As a child some of us were expected to be seen and not heard. So all these meds are doctors way of forcing that outcome. Shame on them.


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