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The move comes amid growing scrutiny. The taxpayer bill for these meds jumped from $9 million seven years ago to nearly $30 million in 2006. Florida Medicaid records reportedly show the number of children - some just months old - who were prescribed ...


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Joycey B (750)
Monday February 4, 2008, 1:33 pm
Notedwith thanks Sheldon.

Sheldon Johnson (4037)
Monday February 4, 2008, 1:42 pm
Children Services, Family court and the Pharmaceutical community is being run like a plantation. It’s a profit-driven industry, a subtle continuation of institutionalized slavery which violates the 13th amendment against slavery and involuntary servitude. Family court has been used to “legalize” this racketeering scheme to rubber stamp ACS state sponsored child & family abuse/neglect cases, and terrorize & subdue underprivileged mothers and their children.

Past Member (0)
Monday February 4, 2008, 1:55 pm
Report on the Escalating International
Warnings on Psychiatric Drugs
by Citizens Commission on Human Rights


In 1990, the Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) asked American Psychiatrist and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), to issue warnings about the latest psychiatric drug causing violence and suicide: the antidepressant Prozac. CCHR filed complaints and provided evidence. In response, on September 20, 1991, the FDA ordered an advisory committee to hold a hearing to investigate the safety and effectiveness of antidepressant drugs. A panel of nine psychiatrists, many with financial ties to pharmaceutical companies, heard chilling testimony from medical experts as well as the victims of these drugs - and did nothing.

It was not until 13 years later, on 15th October 2004, that the FDA finally ordered pharmaceutical companies to add a "black box" warning to antidepressants, saying the drugs could cause suicidal thoughts and actions in children and teenagers. It took nine months for the FDA to issue another advisory, warning doctors to watch for suicidal behavior in adults taking antidepressants.

The FDA advisories vindicated CCHR's allegations and patient and family testimony in 1991. However millions of men, women and children were needlessly subjected to dangerous drugs for more than a decade. Now, with controversy growing over the previously undisclosed dangers of psychiatric drugs, international warnings are being issued at escalating rates, siting side effects of drug dependence, addiction, mania, hostility, aggression, psychosis, suicide and violence.

Sixteen such warnings were issued in the last year alone.

Following is a brief summary.

September 20, 1991: The FDA ordered an Advisory committee to hold a hearing to investigate the safety and effectiveness of antidepressant drugs. The panel's chairman, Dr Daniel Casey, stated: "I do not find from the evidence today, that there is credible evidence to support a conclusion that antidepressant drugs cause the emergence and /or the intensification of suicidality and/or other violent behaviors."

13 Years Later:

October 15, 2004: The FDA ordered pharmaceutical companies to add a "black box" warning to antidepressants, saying the drugs could cause suicidal thoughts and actions in children and teenagers. The agency also directed the manufacturers to print and distribute medication guides with every antidepressant prescription and to inform patients of the risks.

December 17, 2004: The FDA required that a new warning be added to the packaging of the "ADHD" stimulant, Strattera, showing that the drug should be discontinued in patients who develop jaundice or liver damage. The FDA noted, "The labelling warns that severe liver damage mat progress to liver failure resulting in death or the need for a liver transplant in a small percentage of patients."

April 11, 2005: The FDA asked manufacturers of the atypical (new) antipsychotic drugs to add a warning to their labelling that the drugs could increase the risk of death in elderly patients suffering dementia.

April 25, 2005: The European Medicines Agency scientific committee issued a statement concluding that suicide-related behavior and hostility were more frequently observed in clinical trials among children and adolescents treated with antidepressants compared to those treated with placebos.

June 28, 2005: A document on the FDA website announced the identification of possible safety concerns with Methylphenidate drug products. Specifically noted were psychiatric adverse events linked to Concerta, Ritalin and other drugs used to treat children diagnosed ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) such as visual hallucinations, suicidal ideation, psychotic behavior, as well as aggression or violent behavior. The FDA announced its intention to make labelling changes and examine other stimulant drug products approved for treatment of ADHD.

June 30, 2005: The FDA issued a Public Health Advisory entitled "Suicidality in Adults being treated with Antidepressant Medications." The advisory states that several recent scientific publications suggest the possibility of increased risk of suicidal behavior in adults taking antidepressants and while a review of all available data is being undertaken by the FDA, it is recommended that physicians should monitor adults who take antidepressants for suicidal tendencies.

July 7, 2005: The National Centre on Addiction and Substance Abuse issued a report that 15 million Americans were getting high on prescription drugs, painkillers and psychiatric drugs such as Xanax, Ritalin and Adderall, abusing these drugs more than cocaine, heroin and methamphetamines combined. Some 2.3 million teens were abusing the drugs per the report. Further, the study found that the teen who abuse controlled prescription drugs were 12 times likelier to use heroin, 14 times likelier to use ecstacy and 21 times likelier to use cocaine, compared to teens who do not abuse prescription drugs.

July 16, 2005: The British Medical Journal published a study by Joanna Moncrieff, senior lecturer in psychiatry at University College London, who found that antidepressants are no more effective than a placebo and do not reduce depression. The study found that trials of antidepressants with negative results are less likely to be published than those with positive results and that within published trials, negative outcomes may not be presented. Moncrieff found "no good evidence that these drugs work."

August 2005: Columbia University came out with a study on the abuse of prescription drugs by teens; titled "National Survey of American Attitudes on Substance Abuse X: Teens and Parents," which found that the number of Americans who abuse controlled prescription drugs has nearly doubled between 1992 and 2003, with the number of 12-17 year olds having jumped 212%. Further, the study shows that the percentage of teens who have known someone who has abused prescription drugs jumped 86% from 2004 to 2005.

August 19, 2005: The Commission of the European Communities, representing 25 countries, issued its decision to endorse and issue the strongest warning yet against child antidepressant use as recommended by Europe's Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP). This followed a review of clinical trials that showed he drugs cause suicidal behaviour, including suicide attempts and suicidal ideation, aggression, hostility and/or related behaviour.

August 22, 2005: A study by Norwegian researchers disclosed that Paxil (known in Norway as Paroxetine) increases suicide risks in adults. The study of more that 1,500 patients found that 7 patients taking Paxil attempted suicide compared to one suicide attempt by those on placebo. The study also says that the recommendation to not prescribe Paxil to children and adolescents should be extended to include usage by adults.

September 13, 2005: The Drug Effectiveness Review Project of Oregon State University published a major study questioning the effectiveness of ADHD drugs. The researchers reviewed 2287 studies, virtually every study ever done on ADHD, and released a 731 page report which found that there is little evidence that the drugs used to treat ADHD actually work or are safe in the long term or that they help school performance.

September 22, 2005: Dr Jeffrey Lieberman of Columbia University released a federally funded study in the New England Journal of Medicine that found that 74% of the patients in the study discontinued antipsychotic medication before the end of their treatment due to inefficacy, intolerable side effects or other reasons.

September 23, 2005: Lester Crawford resigned as the Commissioner of the FDA. Amongst many speculations of the reason for this resignation, The New York Times reported " Critics, including many in Congress, said the agency had tried to stifle one of its own scientists who had evidence that the use of antidepressants could cause children and teenagers to become more suicidal."

September 28, 2005: The British National Health Service Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence released a study that details the best practice advice on the care of children and young people with depression and gives Clinical Guidelines on "Depression in Children and Young People." The Guideline specifies regular exercise, sleep and a balanced diet as the first levels of therapy and further states that antidepressants should not be used for the initial treatment of children and young people with mild depression.

September 29, 2005: The FDA ordered that "black box" warnings be based on a commonly prescribed ADHD drug, after clinical trials linked the drug to suicidal thoughts and behavior. The FDA indicated that the new warning stems from an ongoing review of all ADHD drugs and their possible association with suicide.

September 30, 2005: In a landmark report, the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child, the world's premier children's rights body, issued a strong warning against falsely labeling youth with the psychiatric diagnosis of "Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)" and administering powerful ADHD drugs. In its Concluding Observations on reports by Australia, Finland and Denmark regarding their compliance to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Committee expressed concern that "[ADHD] and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) are being misdiagnosed and therefore psycho-stimulant drugs are being over-prescribed, despite growing evidence of the harmful effects of these drugs."

In Summary

In just twelve months, more than 16 warnings have been issued on the previously undisclosed dangers of psychiatric drugs. This comes on the heels of public awareness campaigns by watchdog organizations, independent medical doctors, patients and their families repeatedly requesting independent evaluations of clinical drug trials and accountability for the harm and loss of lives. While drug regulatory agencies such as the FDA may be accountable for failing to act sooner, it should be noted that psychiatrists have been their advisors, and have a vested interest in maintaining a multi-billion dollar psychiatric drug industry.

Psychiatric drug sales have soared in recent years based solely on psychiatry's criteria for a myriad of "mental disorders," which are simply a checklist of behaviors, emotions and attitudes. Promoting these disorders as medical conditions requiring drug treatment is misleading to the public, governments and patients.

There are no blood tests, X-rays, brain scans or any scientific/medical means by which psychiatry's diagnoses can be verified. Subsequently millions of men, women and children have been wrongly diagnosed as being mentally ill, and prescribed dangerous and potentially lethal psychiatric drugs.

Medical personnel and insurance companies should be evaluating other approaches to treating patients using standard medical diagnostic procedures which can accurately detect and assess unwanted physical conditions which can result in mental stress, problems and other emotional issues.


1) All treatment options should include checking for underlying medical conditions that could cause a patient's mental or emotional duress.
2) Health insurance coverage for mental health problems should only be provided on the provision that full, searching physical examinations are first undertaken to determine that no underlying untreated physical condition is causing the person's mental or emotional problems. Such examinations would be covered under existing health insurance coverage.
3) Doctors should follow the British National Health Service's Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) medical advisory, which recommends first line treatment for mental or emotional problems involve non-harmful medical solutions, including regular sleep, exercise and nutrition.
4) The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), psychiatry's billing manual for mental disorders, is the key to false escalating mental illness statistics and psychiatric drug prescriptions and usage worldwide. Untold harm and colossal waste of mental health funds occur because of it. It is imperative that the DSM diagnostic system be abandoned before real mental health reform can occur.
5) Doctors and insurance companies should report all instances of patents who have been prescribed psychiatric drugs and experienced adverse effects to the FDA or their national drug regulatory agency.

Elle J (276)
Monday February 4, 2008, 2:20 pm
I read this story somewhere before. It may have been in one of the newspapers that I comment on stories for. There is serious evidence that using this type of drug induces thoughts of suicide in young people. What in the name of the Lord are they thinking of?Another example of corporate greed and a disfunctional government. They have a total disregard for human beings and I think it is disgusting. Thanks Sheldon for the story.

. (0)
Monday February 4, 2008, 5:22 pm
Thanks Sheldon; I've noted...very important issue to me , I live in Florida and just last week my 4 year old nephew who is on Medicaid was just diagnosed with ADHD.

Jennie B (14)
Monday February 4, 2008, 5:26 pm
There are already decent drugs for children with ADHD why in the world would they prescribe these kinds of drugs? Please make sure your children or any you know who are on Medicaid receive the same drugs for ADHD a middle class child on insurance would receive. And it won't be these drugs. That's criminal! Noted.

Carolyn T (234)
Monday February 4, 2008, 7:59 pm
Noted. I am riled up this evening and reading this is pouring gasoline on an already hot fire. Everything posted here is absolutely on target. Maddening. The FDA in collusion with the pharmaceutical companies and their lobbyists have turned us into lab rats. I am fed up with the FDA and their shennigans with our food, our medications, whimpy responses to documented abuses and dangers of drugs that are allowed to be distributed even without FDA's approval while a blind eye is turned to it. What a mess and it took more than 8 years to get this way. Incidentally, do not allow anyone you love to be immunized for anything and I am not being paranoid, folks! Don't let some bureaucracy and a primary care physician put any child you know on these drugs. Maybe it's a kindness that Bush won't sign off on free medical care for children...can you imagine what they could do to them with that kind of access? Perhaps I am rabid and ranting a bit, but who could blame me. I started to say more, then realized I'd said enough. Thank you friends...and thank you, Sheldon.

Sharon D (91)
Monday February 4, 2008, 8:13 pm

Alf I (246)
Tuesday February 5, 2008, 3:05 am
ADHD should NOT be treated with drugs!! The diet is the key!! Additives, colourings, processed foods all should be avoided. A good healthy veggie diet will get rid of all ADHD symptoms.

Jay curnow (196)
Tuesday February 5, 2008, 5:49 am
The Drug companies are the greatest drug barons in the world nowadays.....with ever more experiments coming on the market that induce more & more side effects that they can produce (they say) the antidote to.....HORRIFIC!

pete O (242)
Tuesday February 5, 2008, 6:01 am
Thank you Sheldon

Electra Cy (1005)
Tuesday February 5, 2008, 8:57 am
Thank you Sheldon. I'm so glad that there are people like you that are willing to help the Children.
You are wonderful. Keep up the good work! Your friend, Electra :)

Mara G (411)
Tuesday February 5, 2008, 10:13 am
The FDA should have been and be shut down and investigated for racketeering, fraud, and murder. Now, their after our CHILDREN!!! There is NO DRUG that works for ADHD and there is a question whether ADHD or ADD even exists, or is a made up condition for huge profits, both for BIG pharma and clinicians. DRUGS of any type is NOT THE ANSWER!!! They show in studies to do more harm than good and the side effects, both long term and short, are worse than the condition. Don't be fooled by the studies [so-called] that look to PROFIT from the positive results. THEY ARE ATTACKING OUR CHILDREN AND HAVE BEEN FOR DECADES UNDER THE GUISE OF MEDICINE!!! Thanks again Sheldon. noted and posted

Mara G (411)
Tuesday February 5, 2008, 10:23 am
Article brief.

As a result, the Florida attorney general is considering whether to file a lawsuit. Now, the state’s Agency for Health Care Administration is responding to concerns that the meds are being used inappropriately for treating ADHD, in particular, and will review coverage. The AHCA’s own guidelines, by the way, state that “antipsychotics should not be used primarily to target ADHD symptoms, should not be used to promote weight gain, and should not be used as sedatives for children…and the use of antipsychotics in children under the age of six is generally not recommended.”

Yet, a recent report by the University of South Florida found the most common diagnosis for antipsychotic treatment for youngsters in Florida’s Medicaid program between July and December 2005 was for ADHD -and 54 percent involved children 5 years of age and younger, while 49 percent involved kids between ages 6 and 12 (please see table 5). And so nearly 40 percent of all antipsychotic scrips for youngsters were written for ADHD during that same period.

Annotation: They are making $billions$ in the suffering of our children while NO long term side effects studies have been done. Its been proved that several of these drugs do "PERMANENT" damage to the brain!!

Maria Maria (34)
Tuesday February 5, 2008, 3:15 pm
Noted and thanks. Hope the rich countries coul come to the latest Christian desicion, stop with labs corporation and the business of health care, find the cure for cancer (here people die like flies) and stop HIV in Africa. If they could take the decision to stop wars and start feeding with healthy food, if they could bring justice to children only then we could talk about a good world

Marty H (119)
Wednesday February 6, 2008, 2:36 am
Noted and thanks! Stupid pharmaceutical companies and their payed for FDA! It is just sick to medicate children that young! They make up some of these diagnoses just to sell drugs! There have always been daydreamers and hyper kids but back when we were kids they did not medicate them! I realize there are real diseases that do require meds.

Elisa M (93)
Wednesday February 6, 2008, 8:59 am
Noted, ty Sheldon

Nelda Jones (4)
Wednesday February 6, 2008, 12:14 pm
Thanks Sheldon, Have noted.

Phyllis P (237)
Wednesday February 6, 2008, 2:48 pm
Sad and scary, as usual....thanks for posting

Jaclin S (230)
Wednesday February 6, 2008, 5:34 pm
Thanx for post Sheldon noted/forwarding

Sharon Ross (216)
Wednesday February 6, 2008, 6:26 pm
Noted thank you Sheldon

Michael Sandstrom (306)
Wednesday February 6, 2008, 11:22 pm
Noted and TY. And they have the ba_ls to say POT is dangerous..........

Past Member (0)
Thursday February 7, 2008, 2:16 pm
Noted and thanks Sheldon.....Which is one of the reasons I Homeschool. A lot of this begins in the classroom.
I refuse to turn my child into a robot or zombie.
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