Archive for January, 2010

Eliminate Fraud and Abuse in the Mental Health Care Industry

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

Why Cut the Department of Mental Health’s Budget?

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

The Insane Bloat of the Missouri Department of Mental Health Budget from 1971 to 2009 – now over $1.2 Billion

MO DMH Budgets


Vital Statistics – Order of Magnitude:

1. Every 12 seconds another child takes drugs for the first time. Every 20 seconds a child in the U.S. takes an antidepressant so dangerous that the FDA has issued its strongest “black box” warning, alerting the public that these drugs can cause suicidal thoughts and actions.

2. 20 million children worldwide take psychiatric drugs daily, 9 million of those in the U.S. These drugs potentially cause violent behavior, psychosis, hallucinations, strokes, heart attacks, obesity, life-threatening diabetes and even suicide.

3. Psychiatric drugs do not improve academic performance. The National Institutes of Health reports “there is little improvement in academic achievement or social skills” by children taking stimulant drugs.

4. 628,000 violent crimes occur every year in our schools.

5. $600 billion is generated by the legal and illegal drug trades.

6. 100,000 deaths occur in psychiatric facilities each year.

7. Over 100 million people worldwide are taking psychiatric drugs right now.

8. Psychiatric drugs can cause serious adverse reactions.

9. Every 75 seconds another citizen is incarcerated by psychiatry.

10. Every month psychiatric drugs kill an estimated 3,000 people worldwide.

11. Today, an estimated 70 percent of all psychiatric drugs are prescribed by general physicians.

12. Pharmaceutical companies have expanded their roster of psychiatric drugs from 44 in 1966 to 174 today.

13. The top five psychiatric drugs combined gross more money than the gross national product of each of over half the countries on Earth.

14. Altogether, the psychiatric industry rakes in a third of a trillion dollars a year.

15. Studies show that as many as 20 percent of psychiatrists have sex with patients. One of every 20 of their victims is a minor.

What will it truly take to halt psychiatric fraud and abuse?


[Opinion – Editorial]

* Giving more tax dollars to the Department of Mental Health merely perpetuates the cycle of state tax largesse. Curtailing and cutting the budget will force the Department of Mental Health to reduce their costs, thereby forcing useless and unnecessary state institutions either to improve their services or close shop.

* A budget cut will force the Department of Mental Health to re-evaluate all citizens held in state custody and thus force the Department to recommend release of those who are no longer deemed a threat to the body politic thus saving the state more money. It is an obvious fact that the more patients, residents and clients the Department must care for, the more tax money they can ask for.

* Those citizens who are no longer deemed a threat need to be unconditionally released. This will allow these citizens to return to their families and to make the readjustment back into a tax paying citizen.

* Increasing the Department of Mental Health’s budget covers expensive and debatable psychiatric drugs as necessary medical costs. Many international warnings have been issued on the harmful side effects of various psychiatric drugs, which include suicide, violence, addiction, liver damage, and heart attacks.

* The state is not primarily responsible for a person’s entire life, thus the Department of Mental Health is not responsible for a citizen’s entire life. Some citizens need to be cared for but the primary responsibility lies first with the individual, then his family, then his religious affiliation, then the state government and finally the federal government.

* The Department of Mental Health is also an easy place to cut spending in the long, difficult effort to save our health-care system, as the citizens of this state have long used the Department of Mental health as an emergency health care provider. The unprecedented use of Missouri’s Mental Health psychiatric facilities as emergency health care has hidden a long overlooked problem that the state’s poorer citizens are enduring.

* It may be time to consider the idea of folding the Department of Mental Health into the Department of Health and Senior Services; to restructure the Department of Mental Health and allow the new system to provide emergency medical services to this state’s poorer citizens.

* The Department of Mental Health’s motto should be “We care for those who cannot care for themselves”; not “We want to care for all”.

Psychiatry: An Industry of Death international touring exhibit

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

STATE-OF-THE-ART TOURING EXHIBIT OPENS TO EXPOSE PSYCHIATRY AS AN “INDUSTRY OF DEATH”

With mounting drug regulatory agency warnings, a new exhibit exposes thousands of child deaths from psychiatric drugs in the U.S.

1 February – 28 February 2010, Jamestown Mall, Florissant, MO

8-9 February 2010, Missouri State Capitol Rotunda, Jefferson City, MO

19-21 February 2010, St. Charles Convention Center (Working Women’s Survival Show), St. Charles, MO

WHO:  Join the psychiatric watchdog group Citizens Commission on Human Rights of St. Louis (CCHR) to open a chillingly informative exhibit, “Psychiatry: An Industry of Death.”  Free to the public, it warns about the more than 100,000 deaths in psychiatric institutions around the world each year and over 15,000 deaths of children taking psychiatric drugs in the United States.

WHAT: The 185-foot, state-of-the-art exhibit, which is being shown internationally in more than 30 countries, features 15 display panels that incorporate audio-visual presentations depicting human rights abuses by psychiatry and carries statements from health professionals, academics, legal and human rights experts, and victims of psychiatric brutalities. It traces the origins of psychiatry, the role psychiatrists have played in the oppression of blacks and minorities, the roots of their eugenics programs and the pivotal part they played in the Holocaust. It also reveals how psychiatric drugs are behind the spate of school shooting sprees and how millions of federal dollars allocated to screen American schoolchildren for “mental disorders” could increase both child deaths and acts of school violence. The Food and Drug Administration has warned that psychiatric drugs prescribed to children could cause aggression, hostility, psychosis, mania, homicide, suicide and death.

WHEN & WHERE:

1 February – 28 February, Jamestown Mall, Florissant, MO (Mon-Sat: 10am-9pm; Sun: Noon-5pm)

8-9 February,  Missouri State Capitol Building Rotunda, Jefferson City, MO (7am-5:30pm)

19-21 February, St. Charles Convention Center – Working Women’s Survival Show (Friday 11am-8pm; Saturday 10am-8pm; Sunday 11am-5pm)

CONTACT: Citizens Commission on Human Rights of St. Louis, (314) 727-8307
CCHRSTL@CCHRSTL.ORG, www.CCHRSTL.org

ORGANIZATION: CCHR was founded in 1969 by the Church of Scientology and Dr. Thomas Szasz, Professor of Psychiatry Emeritus at the State University of New York Health Science Center in Syracuse, and has successfully achieved hundreds of legislative protections against psychiatric abuse.

Actress Brittany Murphy

Monday, January 11th, 2010

According to information leaked to the press, ten different drugs, including various psychiatric drugs, were found in pill bottles next to the bed of actress Brittany Murphy following her death.

• Topamax (anti-seizure)
• Methylprednisolone (anti-inflammatory)
• Fluoxetine (antidepressant, Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor)
• Klonopin (anti-anxiety)
• Carbamazepine (bipolar drug)
• Ativan (anti-anxiety)
• Vicoprofen (pain reliever)
• Propranolol (hypertension drug)
• Biaxin (an antibiotic)
• Hydrocodone (pain medication)

According to the Drug Interaction Checker at

http://www.medscape.com/druginfo/druginterchecker

severe interactions (adverse side effects) may occur between Carbamazepine and Biaxin, and between Klonopin and Fluoxetine. Moderate interactions may occur between Vicoprofen and Propranolol; between Carbamazepine and Fluoxetine; and between Fluoxetine and Vicoprofen.

When multiple drugs are administered at the same time, the incidence of adverse drug interactions rises exponentially. Not only do individual psychiatric drugs have the potential for severe side effects such as suicide, but also these various drugs in combination escalate the potential for adverse drug interactions.

What can be done about this?

  • Coroners must test for the presence of psychiatric drugs.
  • State legislatures must establish rights for patients and their insurance companies to receive refunds for mental health treatment which did not achieve the promised result or improvement, or which resulted in proven harm to the individual, thereby ensuring that responsibility lies with the individual practitioner and psychiatric facility rather than the government or its agencies.

The Antidepressant Fraud

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

New research exposes the fraud: depression would be better treated with alternatives to antidepressant drugs, which do not help patients much more than an inactive placebo. [“Antidepressant Drug Effects and Depression Severity”, JAMA. 2010;303(1):47-53]

“They would have done just as well or just about as well with a placebo,” said Robert DeRubeis, one of the study authors and a psychologist at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.

The study’s conclusion states that, “The magnitude of benefit of antidepressant medication compared with placebo … may be minimal or nonexistent, on average, in patients with mild or moderate symptoms.”

While the study suggests that antidepressants help the symptoms of major depression, one has to ask what that “help” entails. Antidepressant drugs are a chemical straight-jacket, temporarily interfering with normal body processes enough to give an impression of symptomatic relief. Like banging your thumb with a hammer to cure a headache, the pain in the head pales in comparison to the pain in the hand; for a short period, the headache is apparently gone.

Antidepressants can have a “damping down” effect. They suppress the physical feelings associated with “depression” but they are not alleviating the condition or targeting what is causing it. The drugs break into the routine rhythmic flows and activities of the nervous system. The human body, however, is unmatched in its ability to withstand and respond to such disruptions. The various systems fight back, trying to process the chemical, and work diligently to counterbalance its effect on the body. But the body can only take so much. Quickly or slowly, the systems break down. Tissue damage may occur. Nerves stop functioning normally. Organs and hormonal systems go awry. This can be temporary, but it can also be long lasting, even permanent. Like a car run on rocket fuel, you may be able to get it to run a thousand miles an hour, but the tires, the internal parts, were never meant for this. The machine flies apart.

Bizarre things happen: worsening depression, addiction, exhaustion, diminished sexual desire, trembling, nightmares, hallucinations, anxiety, panic, psychosis, heart attack, irritability, violence, aggression, suicide. Side effects are, in fact, the body’s natural response to having a chemical disrupt its normal functioning. Once the drug has worn off, the original problem remains. As a solution or cure to life’s problems, antidepressants do not work.

Why then use an antidepressant which has the potential for virulent side effects, when non-drug alternatives work just as well or better?

The only answer is drug company profits. More than 164 million prescriptions for antidepressants were written in 2008, totaling nearly $10 billion in U.S. sales.

For more information, read the booklet “What is the Alternative to Psychiatric Drugs” available for download from www.CCHRSTL.org.

[see also http://video.foxnews.com/v/3961682/do-anti-depressants-really-work/?playlist_id=87249]

Poor Children Likelier to Get Antipsychotics

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010
“New federally financed drug research reveals a stark disparity: children covered by Medicaid are given powerful antipsychotic medicines at a rate four times higher than children whose parents have private insurance. And the Medicaid children are more likely to receive the drugs for less severe conditions than their middle-class counterparts, the data shows.”
Read the full article here
[http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/12/health/12medicaid.html?_r=7&hp].
The New York Times, December 12, 2009