Archive for January, 2012

Psychiatry: An Industry of Death – international touring exhibit

Saturday, January 28th, 2012

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.

 Grand Opening: Saturday, 11 February 2012, 2:00 PM

The Griot Museum of Black History

2505 St. Louis Ave.

  St. Louis, MO 63106

Open 7 February – 3 March, Griot Museum, 2505 St. Louis Ave., St. Louis, MO

6-7 February, Missouri State Capitol Rotunda, Jefferson City, MO

24-26 February, Working Women’s Survival Show, St. Charles Convention Center

 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 prescribed psychiatric drugs in the United States.

WHAT:  The exhibit, which is being shown internationally in more than 30 countries, depicts 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:

7 February – 3 March, The Griot Museum of Black History, 2505 St. Louis Ave., St. Louis, MO 63106 (Tue-Sat, 10am-7pm)

Mon-Tue 6-7 February,  Missouri State Capitol Building Rotunda, Jefferson City, MO (8am-5pm)

24-26 February, St. Charles Convention Center, St. Charles, MO – Working Women’s Survival Show (Fri 10:30am-8pm; Sat 9:30am-8pm; Sun 10:30am-5pm)

CONTACT:    Citizens Commission on Human Rights of St. Louis, (314) 727-8307

CCHRSTL@CCHRSTL.ORG, www.CCHRSTL.org

http://www.CCHRSTL.org/event.shtml

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

J&J reportedly agrees to $1 billion settlement on Risperdal

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

J&J reportedly agrees to $1 billion settlement on Risperdal

“Johnson & Johnson will pay more than $1 billion to the U.S. and most states to resolve a civil investigation into marketing of the antipsychotic Risperdal, according to people familiar with the matter.

“The U.S. government has been investigating Risperdal sales practices since 2004, including allegations that the company marketed the drug for unapproved uses.”

[Read the full article in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch]

According to Bloomberg News on Business Week (January 11, 2012), “Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen unit paid a Texas mental health official to speak around the U.S. about state guidelines on prescribing antipsychotic drugs that gave preference to the company’s Risperdal medicine.”

[Read the full article here]

What is Risperdal?

Risperdal (generic name risperidone) is an antipsychotic (also called a Major Tranquilizer or Neuroleptic). The ingestion of a single tablet of Risperidal may cause significant toxicity in a toddler. At least 45 children died between 2000 and 2004 from the side effects of antipsychotic drugs like Risperdal. As the FDA’s Adverse Drug Reactions reporting database only collects 1% to 10% of drug-induced side effects and reported deaths, the true child death rate could be between 450 and several thousand for that period.

In June 2008 the FDA issued a warning to healthcare professionals that these antipsychotics are associated with an increased risk of mortality in elderly patients. Risperdal is also associated with significant weight gain and metabolic problems, as well as tardive dyskinesia and neuroleptic malignant syndrome.

Of course, psychiatric drugs are only prescribed as a treatment for various symptoms of mental distress because there are diagnoses in the psychiatric billing bible, Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, for which insurance will reimburse. Watch the CCHR documentary DVD Psychiatry’s Deadliest Scam to find out about how psychiatry invents diseases, fraudulently diagnoses them, and markets harmful drugs for them.

12-Year-Old Testifies in U.S. Senate Hearing About Psych Drugs

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

12-year-old foster child, Ke’onte Cook, testifies in U.S.
Senate hearing about his experience with psych drugs

The Financial and Societal Costs of Medicating America’s Foster Children

Subcommittee on Federal Financial Management, Government Information, Federal Services, and International Security

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Watch the video on PsychNews.

Ke’onte says, “About a year after I was adopted I found out I was on twenty different drugs total, and sometimes I took up to five drugs at one time. … Some of the things I was diagnosed with were Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Insomnia, ADHD, Depression. … I had side effects no one told me about … I think putting me on all these stupid meds was the most
idiotic thing I’ve ever experienced in foster care and was the worst thing someone could do to foster kids.”

For more information:

* CCHR Watchdog Radio podcast “Protecting Foster Children from Psychiatric Drugs“.

* ABC News Reports Shocking Use of Psychiatric Drugs With Foster Children.

* “The Psychiatric Drugging of America’s Foster Children” by Peter Breggin.

Federal Funds for Learning Disorders

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

IDEA – The Source of Federal Funds for Learning Disorders

Special Education under the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act (IDEA) has become a gravy train for psychiatrists and psychologists diagnosing children with ADHD [Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder] or “learning disorders” and hooking these kids on drugs.

Of the approximate $50 billion spent annually on Special Education, an estimated $29 billion covers education for subjective “mental disorders,” when the law was originally intended for children with physical handicaps such as autism, speech impediments, blindness or other physical disabilities.

Underlying the coerced drugging of children is the definition of “disability” under Special Education law. The primary purpose of IDEA, which covers Special Education, was to provide a free and appropriate education for children with hearing, sight, speech and other physical handicaps. However, the term “handicapped” was changed to “learning disabled,” and children who fidget in class, interrupt their teachers, or simply fall behind academically were classified as “disabled.”

In order to receive federal funds under the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act, the “Prohibition on Mandatory Medication Amendment,” was signed into law by President Bush in 2004 and requires schools to implement policies that prohibit schoolchildren being forced onto psychiatric drugs as a requisite for their education: “The State educational agency shall prohibit State and local educational agency personnel from requiring a child to obtain a prescription for a substance covered by the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 801 et seq.) as a condition of attending school, receiving an evaluation under subsection (a) or (c) of section 614, or receiving services under this title.” [Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004]

Funding for learning disabilities in Missouri is documented in Missouri Revised Statutes (RSMo), Chapter 162, Section 700 “Special educational services, …” [http://www.moga.mo.gov/statutes/c100-199/1620000700.htm]

RSMo 162.675 defines “Children with disabilities” or “handicapped children” as “children under the age of twenty-one years who have not completed an approved high school program and who, because of mental, physical, emotional or learning problems, require special educational services.”

Note, however, that RSMo 162.700 denies children needing extra help the most beneficial service by specifying that “remedial reading programs are not a special education service.”

See also RSMo 162.670 “School Districts – Statement of Policy” [http://www.moga.mo.gov/statutes/c100-199/1620000670.htm] which ties Missouri educational policy to the provisions of IDEA.

It is difficult to determine an exact dollar amount per child; there are a number of formulas governing federal funds given to states for many different programs, which vary year by year based on the federal budget and the state. See also the Wikipedia article on IDEA at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Individuals_with_Disabilities_Education_Act.

As an example, see this link [http://www.rense.com/general4/addd.htm] for an article called “How Schools Are Making Big Money On ‘ADD/ADHD’.”

Why is this such an issue?

Well, for example, in the news this week is an article about “ADHD-drug abuse popular on Oregon campuses.” The article makes the point that “Adderall and its counterparts, including Ritalin and the over-the-counter Vivarin, are growing in popularity among students who don’t have ADHD but use the medications as study tools to stay awake and alert during prolonged cram sessions.”

One wonders if these college students learned to use/abuse ADHD drugs in elementary or high school. According to this article, various ADHD drugs are readily available with or without a prescription. One student said, “So many kids have Adderall prescriptions. Doctors just give it away like it’s candy or something. A lot of kids just will give it away for free.”

The drugging of children for ADHD is an epidemic. More than 5 million U.S. children, or 9.5 percent, were diagnosed with ADHD as of 2007. About 2.8 million had received a prescription for a stimulant medication in 2008.

The ADHD diagnosis does not identify a genuine biological or psychological disorder. The diagnosis, from the 2000 edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, is simply a list of behaviors that may appear disruptive or inappropriate.

The prevalence of this fraudulent diagnosis then increases the availability of the drugs, which are addictive and have harmful side effects, and as we see here are abused by others.

For more information about the side effects of psychiatric drugs, go to http://www.cchrstl.org/sideeffects.shtml.

Contact your schools and your local, state and federal officials and let them know what you think about this.