On Sept 14, 2004, an FDA panel voted 18 to 5 to require manufacturers of all antidepressants to add black box warnings to their product labeling. A month later, the FDA adopted the panel’s recommendations. The warning reads in part; Antidepressants increased the risk of suicidal thinking and behavior.
A “black box” warning is the most serious warning placed on the labeling of a prescription medication.
Here are facts* and figures about the widespread psychiatric drugging in the U.S.
- America holds the record of being the highest users of psychotropic drugs in the world, consuming 60% of all psychotropic drugs internationally. The U.S. comprises only 5% of the world’s population.
- Children whose health care costs are covered by Medicaid1 are given anti-psychotic medication at a rate four times higher than children whose parents have private insurance. 1. Medicaid: A U.S. program, funded by the federal and state governments, which pays for medical care for low income families. * 40% of all children in the world taking psychiatric drugs are American. There are 20 million children worldwide on psychiatric drugs, with 8 million in the U.S.
- Children 5 years and younger are the fastest growing segment of the non-adult population using antidepressants today. Despite the FDA suicide warnings for antidepressants.
- Every week a child dies from psychiatric drug effects in the U.S. Every week a child goes into a coma because of psychiatric drugs and every week a child commits suicide attributed to psychiatric drugs. Every 8 hours a child is born with debilitating, often fatal, birth defects.
- There has been a huge increase in the number of foster children in the U.S. prescribed anti-psychotic drugs and CCHR is working with various organizations to expose this over-medication. The abuse has now drawn the attention of the federal government’s Government Accountability Office (GAO) to investigate potentially abusive prescribing practices in America’s foster care systems, including in Colorado. The GAO found that foster children received anti-psychotic drugs at a rate almost nine times that of other children covered by Medicaid.
- In March 2011, a Detroit mother was raided at gunpoint by police after she refused to let Child Protective Services take her daughter from her. The CPS came to her house to take her daughter because a psychiatrist complained to child welfare workers that she had stopped giving her daughter the psychiatric medication he had prescribed. When she wouldn’t hand over her daughter to the police, they broke in through the front door. After a shot was fired, a SWAT team was called in with a tank, and a 12-hour standoff ensued. Her child was taken from her and has since been kept in a state facility for mentally ill juveniles.
Commenting on the incident, Mike Adams of “naturalnews.com” wrote the following: “America is a medical police state where the refusal to drug your own children results in armed agents of the state breaking down your front door and kidnapping your child.
It sounds like something out a fiction novel, but it’s a reality right here in America, right now. …I do not remember any cops swearing an oath to protect and serve the interests of the pharmaceutical corporations. And yet that’s exactly what they are now being forced to do through Child Protective Services and these insane doctors who think every child needs a mind-altering psychotropic drug to be ‘normal’.”
- Agencies in the U.S. get children onto psychiatric drugs using the following steps: They start by sending out a consent form to parents. If the parents do not respond within 21 days, they visit their home and try to gain consent. If that proves unsuccessful, they can and have requested judges to grant permission to administer drugs – such as Prozac – without the parent ever being notified.