Archive for January, 2013

Missouri Legislative News

Sunday, January 27th, 2013

Follow the Missouri legislature at www.moga.mo.gov (Missouri General Assembly) and find out how to contact your own Missouri state representative here.

We wanted to tell you about proposed legislation that we think deserves your support. Please contact your Missouri state representative in support of this bill.

(If you do not live and vote in Missouri, then suggest to your own state representative to introduce similar legislation in your state.)

House Bill 287

Introduced by Rep. John McCaherty (Republican, District 97 – Jefferson County) and co-sponsored by Rep’s Higdon, Crawford, Lauer, Cross and Richardson.

This bill extends the statute of limitations for liability of licensed mental health practitioners to five years, from the two years currently provided in RSMo (Revised Statutes of Missouri) chapter 516.105.

Quoting from the proposed bill: “All actions against mental health professionals licensed under chapter 337 for damages for malpractice, negligence, error or mistake related to mental health care shall be brought within five years from the date of occurrence of the act of neglect complained of; except that, in cases in which the person bringing the action is a minor less than eighteen years of age, such minor shall have until his or her twenty-third birthday to bring such action.”</>

We think this bill is a good thing because of the significant amount of fraud and abuse in the mental health care industry.

Contacting your state representative about this proposed legislation is an important civic duty, and is a valuable grass roots action that you can perform. Feel free to forward this newsletter to all your family, friends, and associates in Missouri. Let us know about what you did and any responses you get.</>

You can review hints about how to write to your legislators here.

Presidential Executive Orders Empower Psychiatry

Sunday, January 20th, 2013

On January 16, 2013, President Barack Obama said, “I will sign a directive giving law enforcement, schools, mental health professionals and the public health community some of the tools they need to help reduce gun violence.” The President went on to sign 23 executive orders implementing various aspects of this vision.

At the time of writing this newsletter, these executive orders have not yet been posted to the White House web site. However, we do know the general subject matter of several that readers of this newsletter may find of interest.

#14. Issue a Presidential Memorandum directing the Centers for Disease Control to research the causes and prevention of gun violence.

#20. Release a letter to state health officials clarifying the scope of mental health services that Medicaid plans must cover.

#22. Commit to finalizing mental health parity regulations.

#23. Launch a national dialogue led by Secretaries Sebelius and Duncan on mental health.

Occasionally, someone asks me why CCHR does not get rid of harmful mental health laws such as involuntary commitment or mental health insurance parity, or why CCHR has not replaced abusive psychiatric drug treatment with something that actually works, or why CCHR does not run hospitals where the mentally traumatized can recover in peace. My standard answer is, what are you doing to help get these things done?

CCHR depends on your grass roots participation: your volunteer work, your calls and letters to your legislators, your donations. It’s hard for most people to imagine the magnitude of the opposition to a sane and effective mental health system. Witness the Executive Orders described above: let’s just put more taxpayer money into the hands of the psychiatric mental health industry, who have already been proven to make matters worse, not better.

Are you interested in expressing your own points of view to the President, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services—Kathleen Sebelius, and Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education—Arne Duncan? Feel free to let them know what you think; let us know what you said and if you got a response. You can find talking points about the violence and suicide caused by psychiatric drugs, for example, by clicking here.

Show the CCHR documentary DVDs to your family, your friends, your school boards, your religious groups, your civic organizations. You don’t have to prepare a speech – you only have to show a DVD; that’s why they were made, for broad public dissemination. Don’t count on CCHR showing them to your associates; that’s what CCHR is counting on from you! If you need a copy of a DVD, let us know — we can at least help you with that.

CCHR St. Louis will have an exhibit at the Missouri State Capitol Building Rotunda in Jefferson City (February 4-5), and at the Working Women’s Survival Show in St. Charles (February 22-24). Let us know if you’d like to help out; we can put to good use your volunteer presence and your donations.

Do Not Be Fooled By Generic Concerta

Tuesday, January 1st, 2013

Happy New Year! Include CCHR Support in your New Year’s Resolutions!

On New Year’s Eve, Mallinckrodt, the pharmaceuticals business of Covidien in Hazelwood, Missouri (a city in St. Louis County), announced that it received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to manufacture and market a generic version of CONCERTA® (methylphenidate hydrochloride) Extended-Release (ER) tablets.

Don’t be fooled; it will be called “Methylphenidate HCl ER Tablets” but it is still the same addictive and side-effect-laden central nervous system stimulant long marketed for the fraudulent disorder labeled ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) for people between 6 and 65 years of age.

Methylphenidate HCl is a stimulant drug, classified by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration as Schedule II, in the same class of highly addictive drugs as morphine, opium and cocaine. It is also known as Concerta LP, Concerta Oros, Daytrana, Equasym, Equasym XL, Metadate, Metadate CD, Metadate ER, Methylin, Methylin ER, Methylphenidate, Ritalin, Ritalin LA, and Ritalin SR.

These are some of the possible side effects:

  • Chronic abusive use can lead to marked tolerance and psychological dependence with varying degrees of abnormal behavior.
  • Frank psychotic episodes can occur.
  • Careful supervision is required during withdrawal since severe depression or other withdrawal symptoms may occur.
  • Serious adverse events, including sudden death, stroke and myocardial infarction, have been reported in patients taking usual doses.
  • Use of stimulants may cause treatment-emergent psychotic or manic symptoms in patients with no prior history.
  • Healthcare professionals should monitor for aggressive behavior.
  • Normal use may cause long-term suppression of growth.

There are 20 million children in the United States who have been diagnosed with some kind of psychiatric disorder and drugged for it. Child drugging has been a hugely profitable market for Big Pharma, earning them $4.8 billion dollars a year.

There are no genetic tests, no brain scans, blood tests, chemical imbalance tests or X-rays that can scientifically/medically prove that any psychiatric disorder is a medical condition.

There are many non-drug alternatives.

Find out! Fight back! Take action!