The case for not going near a quack becomes ever more compelling. The Washington Post has a piece on the rising cost of healthcare across age groups in the period 2007-10, pointing out that the largest increase is in the 14-18 range:
Among teenagers, however, there was a separate factor also driving up spending: The increased use of mental health services. In 2010, the average teenager was prescribed 1.2 central nervous system drugs, which treat conditions like depression and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.
The pharmaceutical group GlaxoSmithKline has been fined $3bn (£1.9bn) after admitting bribing doctors and encouraging the prescription of unsuitable antidepressants to children. Glaxo is also expected to admit failing to report safety problems with the diabetes drug Avandia in a district court in Boston on Thursday.
The company encouraged sales reps in the US to mis-sell three drugs to doctors and lavished hospitality and kickbacks on those who agreed to write extra prescriptions, including trips to resorts in Bermuda, Jamaica and California.
Yet again, we see massive corruption, this time involving the minds of children, and perpetrators are not in the dock. The feds will literally go across the world to extraradite little people accused of trivial or non-crimes, but when you’re a big shot and you own the politicians you can get away with anything.
Bottom line: if you have children, do everything you can to keep them away from quacks. They might be great where you are, but they might also be a part of a system designed simply to drug your family and take your money.