Drugging America’s Children With Anti-Psychotics

You may recall a study I posted last fall about the rise in new anti-psychotics drugs and how they compare about the same in efficacy to older, cheaper medicines, one of the many shell games the mega-drug cartel plays on consumers to keep their pockets flush with cash. And, if anti-psychotics “work” for adults, imagine what they’ll do for kids…

I suspect that kind of insane thinking was largely responsible for the number of children being prescribed anti-psychotic drugs for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and other non-psychotic conditions exploding by a factor of five, even though they don’t work, according to a new study.

Not surprisingly, a raft of new and heavily marketed anti-psychotic drugs, including Risperdal and Zyprexa, ignited the surge.

Why? It’s easier and more expedient for doctors to prescribe “a one-pill-cure” — especially a newer, more expensive one — than to get to the real heart of ADHD, a condition that can be treated by following these simple steps:

Ambulatory Pediatrics, Vol. 6, No. 2, March 1, 2006: 79-83

USA Today March 16, 2006