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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.

I’ve remarked in the past on my suspicions over anti-depressants, incredibly powerful drugs which hugely alter brains. Whenever a shooting occurs in the US it will usually come out some days or weeks later that the perpetrator was taking anti-depressants.We don’t notice because the media circus has moved on, but those who check back a little later will see the pattern. ADHD, of course, is a fictional illness.
Why are teenagers being massively drugged? There will be many contributory reasons and big pharma is among them. Yesterday we learned that GlaxoSmithKline has been fined $3bn for bribing doctors to prescribe their crap to children (my emphasis):

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.

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  1. Is this really ‘healthcare’? The corporates own the medical institutions and these set the path for increased use of anti-depressants, tranquillisers, dumb-down quackery for those whose minds are most susceptible to a future of corporate drugs at taxpayers expense. Not yet mentioned is the huge increase in ‘vaccines’ for illnesses which I’ve had, and now comes the corresponding increase in child diabetes and autism which require life-long medicinal care. As a business plan, it’s faultless but it’s a disgrace nonetheless.

    Jail big pharma’s CEOs? Not possible: the politicians and judges are owned too. Here’s an example from the RoI:


  2. Allan@Aberdeen –

    I wouldn’t bother, no-one’s reading the post. Things like –

    “In 2010, the average teenager was prescribed 1.2 central nervous system drugs”

    – just don’t grab the attention like a snap of Sarah Palin.

  3. I share an distrust of antidepressant drugs.

    But they are apparently helpful in some cases.

    You seem to want prople in the dock – would these include those who produce these drugs, or the doctors who prescribe them?

    These drugs aren’t illegal now – should they be? I don’t think so.

  4. The statistic doesn’t tell you much without knowing the variance and what exactly they include under the umbrella term ‘CNS drug’.

    Examples of CNS drugs include codeine and caffeine, so it doesn’t necessarily mean they’re all on horse tranquilisers.

  5. Pete 943

    Whats the source for that claim

    I dont see it in the linked article

    It does not sound right

  6. Phantom –

    I disagree. I think anti-depressants are poisons to be avoided at all costs. If you’re depressed, whatever that faux-diagnosis is supposed to mean, your problem and solution lie away from chemicals.

    Yes, I want people in the dock for corruption. In the case of quacks who take bribes to prescribe chemical crap to children, I want them struck off too.

    You don’t?!

  7. Phantom –

    The source is in the first link of the post, directly under the graphic.

    In the link it’s the second paragraph below the graphic.

  8. ” If you’re depressed, whatever that faux-diagnosis is supposed to mean, your problem and solution lie away from chemicals.”

    That is partially true. The only way to cure illnesses such as depression and other mental illnesses is through therapy and working through your troubles. What anti-depressants are supposed to do is to temporarily treat your symptoms so that you don’t hang yourself before reaching a breakthrough.

  9. Noted

    I’d very much question how the WP arrived at that number.

    I know adults who have been helped by these drugs. One was a man who lost his wife on 9/11. He was wild with grief, and, unfairly, blamed himself, and others. He could not function in society. I won’t second guess the doctor who prescribed the drugs.

    In the US, I do think that there is far too much use of painkillers and psychotropic and many other types of drugs. We can agree on that.

    I think that one of the big problems is that big pharma advertises these new blockbuster drugs to the consumer on tv, a practice that is illegal in many countries.

    But these drugs are legal, and they help some people a whole lot.

    And industry conferences are also legal, and I don’t necessarily consider them to be corruption at all.

  10. Follow the money……

    American doctors will treat anything as long as you can pay. Even anxiety about the medical bills your running up is treatable.

    Teenagers are supposed to be screwed up…it’s normal.

  11. As I recall Dr. Moore doesn’t even believe in a diagnosis of depression.

    I think the use of presciption medication should always be subject to further reviw it has done wonders for many people.

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