Widespread Use of Psychiatric Drugs in Children not Backed by Science

 

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Diane Stein
109 North Fort Harrison Avenue
Clearwater
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United States
+1-727-442-8820
publicaffairs@cchrflorida.org
 
Despite the more than 400,000 adverse reaction reports filed with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), over 8 million U.S. children are being prescribed [psychiatric drugs](https://www.cchrflorida.org/cchr-calls-for-investigation-due-to-sharp-increase-in-psychiatric-drugging-of-infants-and-toddlers/), with more than 1 million between the ages of zero to five and reports show that [psychotropic drug](https://www.cchrflorida.org/cchr-calls-for-investigation-due-to-sharp-increase-in-psychiatric-drugging-of-infants-and-toddlers/) prescriptions among babies doubled from 2013 to 2014. [1] [2] [3]

These alarming statistics prompted the [Citizens Commission on Human Rights](https://www.cchrflorida.org/) (CCHR), a mental health watchdog dedicated to the protection of children, to stage a demonstration at the Florida Psychiatric Society conference in Orlando this past weekend. Marching through the streets with signs reading Childhood is not a Mental Disorder and Psychiatry Drugging Children for Profit hundreds of men, women and children made their voices heard in order to raise awareness on the labeling and drugging of children.

Even more disturbing is the fact that the FDAs Adverse Event Reporting System has at least 1,530 cases of homicide/homicidal ideation reported to it as linked to psychiatric drugs. Additionally, in a comprehensive report released last year, CCHR documented 36 school shootings and school-related acts of violence that date back to 1988 with all of the crimes committed by people either taking or withdrawing from psychiatric drugs. These acts of violence resulted in 172 people wounded and 80 killed. [4]

The labeling and drugging of children with psychiatric drugs that come with very dangerous side effects and the widespread violence in our schools and communities needs to be investigated, stated the Florida president of CCHR, Diane Stein.

About CCHR: Initially established by the Church of Scientology and renowned psychiatrist Dr. Thomas Szasz in 1969, CCHRs mission is to eradicate abuses committed under the guise of mental health and enact patient and consumer protections. L. Ron Hubbard, founder of Scientology, first brought psychiatric imprisonment to wide public notice: Thousands and thousands are seized without process of law, every week, over the free world tortured, castrated, killed. All in the name of mental health, he wrote in March 1969. To learn more, please call 727-442-8820 or visit [www.cchrflorida.org](http://www.cchrflorida.org/).

Sources:

[1] 8 MILLION US KIDS TAKING PSYCHIATRIC DRUGS: PARENTS UNAWARE OF DEADLY RISKS
https://deeprootsathome.com/psychiatric-drugs-deadly-risks/

[2] Psychiatric Drugs for Babies? More Kids Aged 2 And Under Getting Prescribed Antipsychotics
https://www.medicaldaily.com/psychiatric-drugs-babies-more-kids-aged-2-and-under-getting-prescribed-antipsychotics-365236

[3] Psychiatric DrugsJust the Facts
https://www.cchrint.org/psychiatric-drugs/

[4] Psychiatric Drugs Create Violence & Suicide
https://www.cchrint.org/pdfs/violence-report.pdf
For more information, visit: http://www.cchrflorida.org/


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