The Brave New World of Pre-Drugging Kids

Patrick McGorry Psychosis Risk Syndrome


“Summarising his paper ‘Pre-Psychotic Treatment for Schizophrenia: Preventive Medicine, Social Control, or Drug Marketing Strategy?’ Gosden states: ‘A preventive medicine campaign based on the type of prodromal [indicating an early stage of a disease] symptoms and risk factors specified in the Australian Clinical Guidelines for Early Psychosis potentially defines the whole generation of young people as being at risk and in need of treatment.’

“The entire concept of pre-drugging children sounds like a page out of Aldous Huxley’s 1932 novel, Brave New World. In it, Huxley depicts a ‘utopian’ but totalitarian society, one that is insane and bent on control using the ‘technique of suggestion – through infant conditioning and, later, with the aid of drugs.’

“Psychiatrists took this to heart in 1967 when a group of prominent psychiatrists and doctors met in Puerto Rico to discuss the plan for psychotropic drug use on ‘normal humans’ in the year 2000. The report on that meeting stated that the ‘breadth of drug use may be trivial when we compare it to the possible numbers of chemical substances that will be available for the control of selective aspects of man’s life in the year 2000.'”


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