Believe me, this widespread evil of issuing mind-altering drugs to our children will be stopped sooner or later! Let's go for stopping it sooner!
For many years, Drs. and professionals in the medical and allied fields, plus other individuals and organizations, have been 'fighting the good fight' for freedom from these psychiatric, mind-altering drugs that inflict so much harm on our children! Their efforts are applauded but, as can be seen, they need further support! More exposure is required...so, the way I see it is:
We can also take responsibility for the irresponsibility of others!
Just imagine, with our additional help, many millions more individuals and parents across the world will visit this site, other web sites of a similar nature, read books by Drs., and so on. They will be exposed to the truths of the harmful effects created on our children from the intake of psychiatric, mind-altering drugs. And, of course, come to understand that there are alternative sane solutions to help our children that have attention, behavior and learning problems.
Thereafter, if told by a lay person or an "authority": "Jimmy has ADHD and he needs to take a drug (like Ritalin) to assist the problem!" That person receiving this type of communication, (unless very unstable), now armed with the truth, will refuse and instead take the alternate sane routes (without mind-altering drugs) to assist their child. They will also, more than likely, direct the person that told them: their child has ADHD and should take psychiatric drugs - to view either this web site or another with similar content or read a book (like one of the many books listed on this web site on the 'Sources of Help' web page).
These enlightened individuals will alert other individuals, parents, teachers, groups and so on. Possibly, husbands and wives of Drs., Pharmacists, and the like, will pressure their spouse to cease prescribing and/or issuing psychiatric, mind-altering, harmful (as per statistics viewed) drugs to children, and so forth.
On 14 February 2008, 27-year-old Steven Kazmierczak, DeKalb, Illinois, shot and killed five people and wounded 16 others before killing himself in a Northern Illinois University auditorium. According to his girlfriend, he had recently been taking Prozac, Xanax and Ambien. Toxicology reports showed that he still had trace amounts of Xanax in his system.
On 5 December 2007, 19-year-old Robert Hawkins, Omaha, Nebraska, killed eight people and wounded five before committing suicide in an Omaha mall. Hawkins' friend told CNN that the gunman was on antidepressants, and autopsy results confirmed he was under the influence of the "anti-anxiety" drug Valium.
On 7 November 2007, Jokela, Finland, 18-year-old Finnish gunman Pekka-Eric Auvinen had been taking antidepressants before he killed eight people and wounded a dozen more at Jokela High School in southern Finland, then committed suicide.
On 10 October 2007, Cleveland, Ohio, 14-year-old Asa Coon stormed through his school with a gun in each hand, shooting and wounding four before taking his own life. Court records show Coon had been placed on the antidepressant Trazadone.
On 16 April 2007, in Blacksburg, Virginia. The psychiatric drug history of Seung-Hui Cho in the Virginia Tech Massacre was never made public. Initial reports stated that "depression medication" was found among Cho's belongings. But neither his toxicology reports, nor his recent medical history were ever released to find out whether Cho had been in withdrawal from psychiatric medication. (33 were killed and 29 injured, but this was not included in the total of dead and wounded cited above).
On 21 March 2005, Red Lake Indian Reservation, Minnesota, 16-year-old Native American Jeff Weise, reportedly under the influence of the antidepressant Prozac, went on a shooting rampage at home and at his school, killing nine people and wounding five before committing suicide.
In February 2004, Greenbush, New York, 16-year-old Jon Romano strolled into his high school in east Greenbush and opened fire with a shotgun. Special education teacher Michael Bennett was hit in the leg. Romano had been taking "medication for depression."
On 22 March 2001, El Cajon, California, 18-year-old Jason Hoffman was on two antidepressants, Effexor and Celexa, when he opened fire at his California high school wounding five. Hoffman had also undergone an “anger management” program.
On 7 March 2000, Williamsport, Pennsylvania, 14-year-old Elizabeth Bush was on the antidepressant Prozac when she blasted away at fellow students, wounding one.
On 20 May 1999, Conyers, Georgia, 15-year-old T.J. Solomon was being treated with a mix of antidepressants when he opened fire on and wounded 6 of his classmates.
On 20 April 1999, Columbine, Colorado, 18-year-old Eric Harris was on the antidepressant Luvox when he and his partner Dylan Klebold killed 12 classmates and a teacher and wounded 23 others before taking their own lives in the bloodiest school massacre in history. The coroner confirmed that the antidepressant was in his system through toxicology reports while Dylan Klebold’s autopsy was never made public. Harris and Klebold underwent "anger management" and "death education" classes.
On 21 May 1998, Springfield, Oregon, 15-year-old Kip Kinkel murdered his own parents and then proceeded to school where he opened fire on students in the cafeteria, killing two and wounding 22. Kinkel had been on Prozac. Kinkel also underwent "anger management" classes.
On 25 May 1997, 18-year-old Jeremy Strohmeyer raped and murdered a 7-year-old African American girl in Las Vegas, Nevada. Strohmeyer had been diagnosed with ADD and prescribed Dexedrine, a Ritalin like drug, immediately prior to the killing.
On 1 October 1997, in Pearl Mississippi, 16-year-old Luke Woodham stabbed his mother, 50 year old Mary Woodham, to death and then went to his high school where he shot nine people, killing two teenage girls and wounding seven others. Published reports say he was on Prozac.
On 1 December 1997, Michael Carneal, a 14-year-old, opened fire on students at a high school prayer meeting in West Paducah, Kentucky. Three teenagers were killed, five others were wounded, one of whom was paralysed. Carneal was reportedly on Ritalin.
In February 1998, a young man in Huntsville, Alabama, on Ritalin, went psychotic chopping up his parents with an axe and also killing one sibling and almost murdering another.
On 24 March 1998, in Jonesboro, Arkansas, 11-year-old Andrew Golden and 14-year-old Mitchell Johnson shot 15 people, killing four students, one teacher and wounding 10 others. According to one report, the boys were believed to be on Ritalin.
On 21 May 1998, 15-year-old Kip Kinkel of Springfield, Oregon murdered his parents and proceeded to his high school where he went on a rampage, killing two students and wounding 22 others. Kinkel had been prescribed both Prozac and Ritalin.
On 16 April 1999, 15-year-old Shawn Cooper of Notus, Idaho took a 12 gauge shot gun to school and started firing, injuring one student and holding the school hostage for about 20 minutes. Terrified students ran for their lives, some barricading themselves in classrooms. Cooper had been taking Ritalin when he fired the shotgun’s rounds.
14-year-old Rod Mathews, who had been prescribed Ritalin since the third grade, beat a classmate to death with a bat.
19-year-old James Wilson, who had been on psychiatric drugs for 5 years, took a .22 calibre revolver into an elementary school in Breenwood, South Carolina, killing two young girls and wounding seven other children and two teachers.
How many more disasters need to occur, similar to those listed above, before mind-altering psychiatric drugs and their high potential risks of adverse effects are investigated, and accordingly preventive measures put in place?
Could a couple of the underlying reasons for not taking action, be: ‘Drugs are big money’, and, ‘Conflict of Interest’ occurring, re sanctioning of mind-altering psychiatric drugs into society?
If this is so, then it’s at the expense of our children/adults, under continual threat of the high potential risks of ill effects being created from ingesting these psychiatric drugs!
The ever expanding environmental damage to our planet and the global financial economic crisis were both left, in the main, as unattended problems…until it was nearly too late!
A similar situation exists in respect of the inattention given to the ongoing critical problem, and blatant disregard of conditions occurring, from the continued introduction of these mind-altering psychiatric drugs into our society!
As can be seen in several areas of this web site, there are alternative, sane, workable solutions in treating children/adults with attention, behavior or learning problems, ("ADHD"), -- without, of course, the use of psychiatric drugs.
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