Pharmanation, USA — Suicide, birth defects, heart problems, hostility, violence, aggression, hallucinations, self-harm, delusional thinking, homicidal ideation, and death are just a few of the side effects caused by psychiatric medication.
There have been 150 studies in seventeen countries on antidepressant-induced side effects. There have been 134 drug regulatory agency warnings from eleven countries and the EU warning about the dangerous side effects of antidepressants.
Despite this deadly laundry list of potential reactions to these medications, the use of antidepressants has skyrocketed by 400% since 1988.
Currently, 11 percent of all Americans 12 years of age and over take antidepressant medication, this is a higher rate than all other countries in the world.
While the skyrocketing use of psychiatric drugs in adults is certainly worrisome, the exponential increase of use in children is downright scary.
The following information is the most accurate and documented data available on psychiatric drug usage in the United States. The information is from IMS Health, a company that provides information, services and technology for the healthcare industry. It is the largest vendor of U.S. physician prescribing data. The following data was taken from IMS Health Vector One National database Year 2013, Extracted April 2014.
The numbers are startling.
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Drug Class: Age Group: Number of
0-1 Years 274,804
2-3 Years 370,778
4-5 Years 500,948
6-12 Years 4,130,340
13-17 Years 3,617,593
Grand Total 0-17 Years 8,389,034 kids on psychiatric drugs
ADHD Drugs 0-5 Years 188,899
0-1 Years 1,422
2-3 Years 10,413
4-5 Years 181,023
6-12 Years 2,723,126
13-17 Years 1,775,896
Grand Total 0-17 Years 4,404,360 kids on ADHD Drugs
Antidepressants 0-5 Years 110,516
0-1 Years 26,406
2-3 Years 46,102
4-5 Years 45,822
6-12 Years 686,950
13-17 Years 1,444,422
Grand Total 0-17 Years 2,165,279 kids on antidepressants
Antipsychotics 0-5 Years 27,343
0-1 Years 654
2-3 Years 3,760
4-5 Years 24,363
6-12 Years 359,882
13-17 Years 490,272
Grand Total 0-17 Years 830,836 kids on antipsychotics
Anti-anxiety 0-5 Years 727,304
0-1 Years 227,132
2-3 Years 282,759
4-5 Years 247,754
6-12 Years 790,149
3-17 Years 650,273
Grand Total 0-17 Years 2,132,625 kids on anti-anxiety drugs
According to Dr. Allen Frances, author of Saving Normal, one of the reasons we are seeing such a steep incline in American children being prescribed these drugs is that primary care physicians, not psychiatrists, are doling our these drugs like candy. According to Dr. Frances, the primary care doctor is not nearly as qualified to prescribe these drugs, and most of them are doing so based on the information given to them by entirely unqualified pharmaceutical sales reps.
The nature of the medical industry in America’s fast-paced society is similar to that of a fast food restaurant. During your doctor’s visit, you will only be in the room with the physician for around 8-minutes on average. This is hardly enough time to diagnose serious underlying mental health issues, which means you’ll get to pick from the value meal menu, and you’ll be on your way.
One Canadian and U.S. study found that doctors interrupt their patients on average within 23 seconds from the time the patient begins explaining his symptoms. In 25 percent of visits, the doctor never even asked the patient what was bothering him.
Is this primary “care”? There doesn’t seem to be any care involved at all in this doctor-patient relationship.
There are most certainly people of all ages that can benefit from certain prescription medication.
However, there are 26,000 babies under the age of 12 months who are prescribed antidepressants like Prozac and Zoloft. Another 274,000 babies under 12 months are on anti-anxiety medication such as Valium and Xanax. Between the ages of 1-5, those numbers jump up into the millions!
To top this incredible medical blunder off, these prescriptions are written off-label, meaning that there is absolutely no evidence to show that these drugs work in children. There are people out there with the letters M and D attached to the back of their names who are trusted by society. They are betraying this trust by giving 188,000 children between the ages of 0-5 ADHD medicine that is in the same class as crystal meth.
To reiterate the dangerous premise of overmedicating children in such a manner, with drugs that aren’t even proven to help them in any way, and are in fact dangerous, let’s revisit the first sentence of this article again.
Suicide, birth defects, heart problems, hostility, violence, aggression, hallucinations, self-harm, delusional thinking, homicidal ideation, and death are just a few of the side effects caused by psychiatric medication.
Aside from the known side-effects, there are incidents of the drug companies deliberately falsifying the safety data and allowing a known dangerous drug to be given to children. For years, GlaxoSmithKline was illegally persuading doctors to prescribe paroxetine, sold under the brand name Paxil, as an antidepressant for children and teenagers.
GSK used contrived data, known as Study 329, which was conducted and funded by the drug company and published in 2001, to convince the doctors to write scripts. The study made the claim that Paxil is “well tolerated and effective” for kids. Their bolstered claims worked, and in 2002 alone, doctors wrote two million Paxil prescriptions for children and adolescents.
Let that sink in.
Not only are doctors handing out psychoactive drugs like candy at the behest of their drug sales reps, but the drug manufacturers are lying about the dangers.
We have no way of knowing the long-term societal impact of millions of children being irresponsibly given potentially dangerous psychoactive medication as this is a relatively new path Americans have embarked down.
The website SSRIstories.org does, however, provide a potential glimpse into the future of a country hellbent on medicating infants with psychiatric drugs. The database is a collection of over 6,000 stories that have appeared in the media (newspapers, TV, scientific journals) in which prescription drugs were mentioned and in which the drugs may be linked to a variety of adverse outcomes including violence.
But it’s not all doom and gloom, there is the good news. All of this overmedication, all of the drugs being given to children, all of it is voluntary — for now anyway. This entire massive overmedication epidemic could and should stop overnight through simply spreading the information.
The mother who allows her 8-month-old child to be prescribed antidepressants only does so out of ignorance. We can only better ourselves as humans and as individuals through seeking a lesser ignorance.
Please share this article with your friends and family to empower them with knowledge while at the same time exposing such a dangerous practice.