New safeguards imposed before allowing psych med prescriptions

State of California Demands Foster Children Rights Regarding Drugging

by Bruce Boyers

The State of California has just taken major strides to greatly limit or curtail the rampant drugging of foster children with dangerous psychiatric medications. New safeguards have now been imposed that require very careful monitoring and screening before allowing psych meds to be prescribed.

Drugging KidsFor many years, foster children have been prescribed psych meds in an effort to sedate and reduce behavioral issues—with no measures taken to actually get to the roots of such problems or genuinely provide help to these at-risk children. Additionally, children have suffered severe side effects from these meds, including obesity, diabetes, extreme lethargy and tremors.

Allowing Children Speak for Themselves

Doctors will now have to provide convincing arguments—instead of scant data which was previously just rubber-stamped—in order to receive court approval for prescriptions of powerful psychiatric medications. And for the first time, foster children will be offered the opportunity to speak for themselves as to how such medications actually make them feel.

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Antidepressants: The Cure that Becomes the Cause…of Suicide

A very interesting article from The Roanoke Times details a horrifying side effect of antidepressants: suicidal thoughts and actions.

One might consider that the very extreme of depression would be suicidal thoughts and, finally, the act itself. It comes as rather a shock, then, that a drug labeling itself as “antidepressant” would actually trigger those very thoughts.

ritalin zombieNot long after the antidepressant Prozac was introduced in 1987, the article’s authors began hearing about tragic events related to the drug. Case in point: the physician’s daughter, 40 years old, married with 2 teenage daughters and employed as a nurse who, in 1990, hanged herself. Her father was convinced it was because of Prozac.

That same year an article appeared in the American Journal of Psychiatry reporting on 6 patients who suddenly developed “intense violent suicidal preoccupation after 2-7 weeks of fluoxetine treatment.” Fluoxetine is, of course, Prozac.

The article’s authors contacted Prozac’s manufacturer, Eli Lilly, at the time. They discovered that the company’s position was that there was no support for the supposition that Prozac could cause suicidal thoughts or behavior either in depressed or non-depressed patients.

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Parents Appalled Over Planned Psychiatric Hospital in California Suburb

To build, or not to build is the issue set to go before the Sacramento suburb of Rocklin and its City Planning Commission on Nov. 17.

The proposed behavioral health facility will be built in close proximity to Whitney High School, as well as Controversial Mental Hospitalseveral parks, two elementary schools and a junior high. Residents only learned of the plan recently and say safety concerns about potentially dangerous patients wandering the streets is a big issue.

Parents in Rocklin are up in arms about this proposed mental health facility that would be built near schools, parks and neighborhoods because much of the treatment of these patients is centered around psychiatric medications with their dangerous side-effects that include aggression, hostility, violence, homicidal ideation and suicidal ideation.

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Suicide from Depression? The Answer is Right On the Bottle

by Bruce Boyers – CCHR Orange County

A recent Los Angeles Times article is publicly asking “Why” an 83-year old woman jumped to her death from a Northern California Kaiser Permanente parking garage – when a likely answer is right on the side-effects warning labels of the numerous drugs that were in the woman’s system when she died.

Found in Barbara Ragan’s system following her tragic death were traces of Xanax, Prozac and a generic antidepressant. All such antidepressants possess, according to their own documentations, side effects of suicidal thoughts, as well as the possibility of violent behavior, mania or aggression, any of which can lead to suicide.

seroxat tabletsInterestingly the woman’s surviving husband, as well as a segment of the public at large, are now targeting Kaiser’s overall treatment of mentally ill patients for such incidents. Ragan’s husband Denny points out that his wife’s next therapy appointment was weeks away and that she herself felt that her treatment was woefully inadequate. Interestingly, the side effects warnings listed on every medication that Mrs. Ragan was taking, which very well could have led to her demise, are nowhere mentioned.

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Oregon Massacre – Gun Violence or Psychiatric Drug induced behavior?

Oregon shooting mapAssociated Press reports, “ROSEBURG, Ore.  Armed with multiple guns, a man walked into a morning writing class at a community college in this rural Oregon town and opened fire, hitting some students with multiple gunshots. At least nine people were killed and seven others wounded Thursday, the fourth day of classes at Umpqua Community College in this former timber town 180 miles south of Portland.

According to a new research study published in PLoS Medicine Journal, people between the ages of 15 and 24 are more likely to commit a violent crime if they are taking an SSRI antidepressant than if they are not. In 15-24 year-olds there was a distinct increase of 43 percent – in their risk of committing violent crime while on the medication.

The study concluded “…warnings about the increased risk of violent behavior among young people taking SSRIs might be needed.”

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Reality Check: Why Aren’t Shootings Sparking Debate Over Anti-Depressants?

Ben Swann’s Reality Check questions why, after the recent TV crew shooting, national debate on mind-altering drugs and anti-depressants is nonexistent.
Ben Swann's Reality Check

Ben Swann’s Reality Check

By Ben Swann – Aug 27, 2015

The crime scene tape was still up in Roanoke, Virginia when politicians began calling—almost predictably—for tougher gun control laws.Here’s a question: why is it always a discussion about guns and not about mental health and mood altering prescription drugs?

This is a Reality Check you won’t see anywhere else.

In response to the live TV shooting in Virginia, the usual voices began talking about the need for more gun control without knowing any facts regarding the shooter or how he got that gun.

Without question, Vester Flanagan—the man who carried out the murder of Allison Parker and photojournalist Adam Ward—was disturbed. The extent to which he was disturbed we do not know at this time. But what we do know is that, as we watch these high-profile shootings continue to grab headlines, there are important links that are being missed or ignored.

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