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Drug Policies: Are the Current Laws and Policies Effective?

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By Diane Booth
Posted Mar 31, 2009 in Health
Drug Policies: Are the current laws and policies effective?
By Diane Booth
Laws and policies governing the sale and distribution of psychotropic pharmaceuticals are ineffective with regard to Medicaid funding. This is due partly to powerful lobbying of pharmaceutical corporations in league with the American Psychiatric Association. In order to receive federal funds under the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act, the Prohibition on Mandatory Medication Amendment requires schools to implement policies that prohibit school children from being forced onto psychiatric drugs as a requisite for attending public schools. However, children who have already been committed to psychiatric institutions through referrals by the schools through another federal agency, Child Protective Services (CPS), fall through the cracks. Children in ‘care’ continue to suffer deadly effects of these drugs, including irreversible brain damage, heart failure or death. Many were wrongfully apprehended from parents after their child’s school made a false referral to CPS for child neglect - the parent’s ‘neglect’ to force their own children to take these dangerous drugs. Once their child is determined to be a ward of the State, and/or committed to a psychiatric facility, the Psychiatry industry is allowed to ‘medicate’ those children for fabricated ‘illnesses’ and bill Medicaid for their ‘services’.
There are approximately 10 million students, many under age 6, currently taking psychotropic drugs such as Ritalin or Prozac as a result of mental health screening in our schools. Many of the older children are selling these drugs to other children to get high. Ritalin is a stimulant tantamount to cocaine, and many children have committed suicide while on drugs such as Prozac, which is an SSRI or Selective Reuptake Serotonin Inhibitor. The Columbine school killers were found to have SSRIs in their blood at the time of their rampage that left carnage on the school grounds. See Chart of Anti Depressant induced violence incidents of teens on SSRIs:
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The Citizens Commission on Human Rights reported that psychiatrists and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) know about suicidal ideation and violence resulting from psychotropic drug use. Both Psychiatry and the FDA are reluctant to admit these facts because they won’t bite the hand that feeds them, and that hand is the billion-dollar-profit pharmaceutical industry. There may be serious conflict of interest issues involving the National Institute of Health associated with stock disclosures and grants given to drug companies by the federal government for medical research. In one year alone, international sales of psychotropic drugs amounted to approximately $12 billion. The Diagnostic & Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders (DSM) had parents convinced that Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) was a medical disease. Dr. Fred Baughman, child neurologist, states that there are no tests to scientifically substantiate any DSM psychiatric disorder as a disease or illness ( 1 ). Is Psychology a psuedo-science in the realm of sorcery? Although these claims of ADHD appear to constitute fraud, the FDA continued to look the other way. However, The Federal FDA finally held a new hearing on Feb. 9 and 10, 2006 in Gaithersburg, Maryland. "The issue of drug treatment of attention deficit disorder in children has been a controversial one without this issue of cardiovascular risk too. It adds another concern to what will certainly be an interesting conversation," said Arthur Levin, the FDA committee's consumer representative ( 2 ). It was found that at least 51 deaths of attention deficit drug patients were reported to the FDA.
Sweden is one of the first countries to take action after the Council of Europe’s Committee issued a controversial White Paper on the involuntary commitment of people with mental disorders. Jan Eastgate, International President of the Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR), stated that "Sweden has taken a strong stand and upholds the legal rights of patients,” but she warned that some proposals by the Council seriously violate the civil liberties of patients. Ms. Eastgate elaborated, "The undeniable fact is that basic human rights granted even to killers or terrorists are being denied people labeled mentally disordered" ( Filidei 3 ). Since the United States is not a signatory to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, a child in the United States has no civil or due process rights at all. This quagmire traps both the children, drugged with a cocktail of deadly restraints, and their parents who are forced to relinquish decisions about drugging their offspring. Parents who refuse the school’s demands to submit to the drugging may be jailed for neglect. Their child is then taken into custody and sent to the gulag by CPS. These apprehensions continuously supply Psychiatry and the pharmaceutical industry with lifetime Medicaid-paying patients.
The Florida Department of Children and Families was found to have had up to 75% of the children who are wards of that state restrained with chemical straight jackets of psychotropic drugs to control their behavior. Governor Jeb Bush, of Florida, was the first to sign Senate Bill 1090 into law to implement safeguards for parents and children in custody. However, California remains the worst violator of children’s human rights in the nation and has been seriously lagging in these efforts. Besides human rights violations, serious health risks and many deaths are associated with the use of SSRIs. Studies show that Methylphenidate is linked to chromosomal changes ( 4 ).
RECOMMENDATION: Changing current policies or laws to combat drugs
Parent and child advocates suggest reforming CPS, enforcing due process rights in the courts, eliminating the secrecy of juvenile dependency courts, providing redress to victims and establishing accountability for judges, lawyers and social workers who collaborate to force drugs on these children. Enforcing mandatory extensive medical testing to determine biological or environmental factors before a child can be put on these drugs could uncover causes for symptoms of disorderly conduct or anomalies in personality or the behavior of children. It was found that the existence of lead or other pollutants in the environment as well as additives in the food consumed in the schools were significant contributors to the symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
Recommended changes will positively impact the war on drugs
How can America “Just Say No” to drugs by incarcerating users of street drugs only to substitute psychotropic pharmaceutical drugs to the same persons in jail? Prisons have “pill call” three times per day to distribute legal psychotropic drugs to inmates, and the costs are charged to Medicaid. The effects of these drugs result in increased suicides and violence in prisons. This practice must end, and psychotropic drug use and sales must be regarded as a serious criminal act, not a medical or psychological panacea. Mind-altering drug use is a behavioral, moral and spiritual problem. Stiffer sentences for psychotropic drug use and sales should also be enforced. These drugs seriously affect our society. Why should Medicaid fund this outrageous practice? Reforming CPS, assuring due process hearings and speedy trials before a child is apprehended, and implementing accountability laws for social workers, judges, lawyers, psychiatrists and psychologists, will deter this rampant psychotropic drug use. A government watchdog must oversee the Medicaid program to strictly prosecute fraud violations.
Possible drawbacks to the solution
Organized crime may continue to push psychotropic drugs. We must first stop criminal authorities from emulating the same crimes for which we imprison users and dealers in the war on drugs. A zero tolerance policy for any mind-altering drug must be enforced and, dealing, a terrorist act. A stricter psychotropic drug control program may spur financial incentives for illegal smuggling from other countries. Our borders must be made more secure, and violators smuggling drugs, including psychotropic pharmaceuticals, should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
WORKS CITED
1. Baughman, Fred MD. “Exposing the Fraud of ADD and ADHD” 2001.
2. Associated Press. “FDA to examine new ways to study ADD drugs” The Conservative Voice 04 Jan. 2006.
3. Filidei, Marla. “’Mentally Disordered' Have Less Rights Than Terrorists Under Involuntary Commitment Plans / Sweden is the Exception” Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) 06 Dec. 2000.
4. Newswise. “Study Shows Methylphenidate Linked to Chromosomal Damage”University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston 24 Feb. 2005

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