Why are we willingly drugging our children?
For years parents of many low income children have opted to allow agencies to label their children as emotionally disturbed or behaviorally challenged for purposes of collecting a stipend and/or receiving assistance with prescribed treatments.
In some cases, parents (foster, adoptive and biological) have had to relinquish their custodial rights so that a child would be provided expensive services as wards of the state. Grant funds are often made available to those careproviders living within certain states for care for emotionally children
What factors exist within the environment that have caused this incredible surge in psychological issues within children and minors?
Upon researching this extremely covert ‘tactic’, some of the leading authorities had antiquated information posted on their websites. Information from 2004 is going to be significantly different than data collected in 2010 to present. The National Alliance for Mental Health http://www.nami.org, had extremely comprehensive topics but were not as effective as maintaining the data over the years to accurately reflect the current status of the issue.
According to TIME magazine:
Since 1993, the rate of antipsychotic drug prescribing to children increased by a factor of nearly eight, while prescribing to teens quintupled and in adults nearly doubled, according to a new study.
Have behaviors gotten so severe that it is necessary to innoculate minors with medicines that have not been fully tested for long term effects on neurological development?
Virtually all of this growth was seen in prescriptions for second-generation, or so-called atypical antipsychotic medications, which are often dispensed off label — meaning the drugs are prescribed for conditions that they are not specifically approved by the government to treat. Once a drug is allowed on the market, however, doctors are at liberty to use the drug for other conditions: antipsychotics were originally approved to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, but these disorders are uncommon in adults and even more rare in children.
If it is rare in children, why are parents buying into the hype-especially at the expense of their children? Are doctors and some private education facilities being paid to provide unnecessary ‘meds’ to children who may or may not need the drastic measure?
There is much evidence that the vast increases in atypical antipsychotic prescribing in recent decades were fueled by the aggressive marketing tactics of drug companies. In recent years, every major manufacturer of atypical antipsychotics has been involved in the illegal marketing of the drugs (while doctors can prescribe drugs off label, it is against the law for drug makers to market them for off-label uses), each ultimately paying hundreds of millions to billions of dollars in fines for their sales and marketing tactics. The settlements with the U.S. government were among the largest in history.
As with most everything else that doesn’t make sense, big business is driving this permeating issue as well. For the sake of earning extra dollars the lives of children within families is being compromised. If children are unable to function within classes, the future businessmen and women, doctors, lawyers, teachers and other service oriented professionals may be teetering on extinction.
Yet there is little data supporting the safety or efficacy of the drugs for those conditions. The drugs’ effect on children’s brain development is also not known, but their side effect profile is clear: aytpical antipsychotics are known to cause weight gain and diabetes, side effects to which children seem particularly prone.
“As the actual evidence base that would support [such off-label prescriptions of antipsychotics] is scant to non-existent, and the evidence of permeating undue influence of pharma on prescribing practices in psychiatry is abundant, one is led to the conclusion that this is another example of irrational prescribing that can be traced to both the overt and tacit influence of [drug companies] on practitioners,”
says Dr. Bruce Perry, a senior fellow at the ChildTrauma Academy.
Our children are not their lab rats!!!!!!! What most certainly needs to occurr is that individuals/parents need to be well versed in the rights, laws and provisions available to children indentified as in need of services.