Young children in foster care are being given antipsychotics just as frequently as children considered to be the most mentally disabled, according to a new report. The drugs that the foster children are being dosed up with are powerful antipsychotic drugs traditionally given to schizophrenics – the same drugs that even mainstream health official are now speaking out against.
The report, published Monday in the journal Pediatrics, examined how often young children in foster care are given two antipsychotic drugs at once. While some drugs include Risperdal, Seroqueland, and Zyprexa, some of these young children are also given major tranquilizers, which were originally developed to ‘treat’ schizophrenia but are now used as all-purpose drugs for almost any psychiatric syndrome.
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As the pharmaceutical experts in the report admit, these foster children are simply being loaded up with antipsychotics with almost zero medical basis.
“The kids in foster care may come from bad homes, but they do not have the sort of complex medical issues that those in the disabled population do,” said Susan dosReis, an associate professor in the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy and the lead author.
It is important to note that the usage of antipsychotic drugs has been found to result in a number of known dangers as well as even more concerning unknown dangers. In fact, many pharmaceuticals intended to ‘treat’ suicide can actually lead to suicide. However, suicide is not the only side effect of these drugs. There is significant research linking usage to childhood diabetes, an increased risk of depression, and weight gain.
More than 1 in 10 Americans are now taking suicide-linked antidepressants, and that number continues to climb as half of all Americans are expected to be diagnosed with at least one mental illness in their lifetime. Foster children are being given these drugs in excessive doses in unison with powerful tranquilizers, all in an attempt to make them more manageable for foster workers. For years it has been known that foster children are among the most abused in the world, and mind-altering pharmaceutical abuse may be one of the worst kinds of such abuse.