Minnesota limits psych drugs for kids

  • Article by: JEREMY OLSON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 5, 2012 - 8:58 AM

Doctors must consult Mayo service before prescribing psychotropics.

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roysandstromJun. 4, 12 9:29 PM

These drugs are not without GREAT risk. Tardive dyskinesia (TD) can last a lifetime. Neuroleptic malignant syndrome can take a life. Big pharma keeps data away from public to keep the black box warnings off these powerful drugs. Who monitors these kids for TD?

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drfranktJun. 4, 1210:13 PM

The MD that prescribed the medication is responsible for monitoring for the signs/symptoms of TD at the time of prescribing, increasing, or decreasing the medication. The bigger question is: Who will be responsible if the child harms him/herself or others if the the drug is denied and harm occurs?

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turgidJun. 4, 1210:31 PM

This article is troubling especially when you think about those homes that house many foster children at once. No doubt there could be a subtle pressure being applied on the doctor to prescribe what's necessary to keep problem children under control while they are in that household.

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getcrazyJun. 4, 1210:59 PM

It's about time! You can't tell me that these prescription drugs are any better of a way to deal with problems than someone hitting the bottle everyday. What's the difference! It's medication that never fixes the problem! Drugs won't fix bad parents. Many of these children are agitated because they are in bad situations that are absolutely unhealthy. Any adult that knew better would just leave but they can't because they are children and they can't just leave and they don't know what a healthy home looks like. Time to stop this madness.

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luzhishenJun. 4, 1211:08 PM

Good idea. The USA has a history of prescribing/administering powerful drugs to children...check out Mrs. Winslow's Soothing Syrup for more on this.

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sailor5Jun. 4, 1211:40 PM

Rethink Psychiatry! There are a vey few intelligent, caring psychiatrists such as Dr Peter Breggin. Read "Toxic Psychiatry", "Medication Madness", "Brain Disabling Treatments in Psychiatry." He has been writing about the psychiatric abuse of foster kids for years. He defended a Canadian youth who stabbed his best friend to death under the influence of toxic psych drugs. Most psychiatrists just watch impassively as patients become bloated, distorted, twitching caricatures of their former selves. Psych drugs are heavy duty industrial strength poisons. Rethink Psychiatry.

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DannyHaszardJun. 5, 12 2:26 AM

Thanks for posting this vital information.The Eli Lilly company made an astounding $65 BILLION on Zyprexa that they PUSHED on the elderly and underage children (*Viva Zyprexa* Lilly sales rep slogan) with wanton disregard for the side effects *FIVE at FIVE* The Zyprexa antipsychotic drug,whose side effects can include weight gain and diabetes, was sold to Veterans,children in foster care, elderly in nursing homes. *Five at Five* was the Zyprexa sales rep slogan, meaning *5mg dispensed at 5pm would keep patients quiet*. *Tell the truth don't be afraid*-- Daniel Haszard

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Thumper5316Jun. 5, 12 6:47 AM

I think that the over-medicating of our energetic youngsters with ADHD drugs needs to come next. In a vast number of cases it's done simply because the adults don't want to take the time to give them the opportunity to run it off.

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godiveJun. 5, 12 6:54 AM

No one sees any issues with the state getting involved even more in our medical care?

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youareitJun. 5, 12 7:20 AM

Doctors give these prescriptions to the "parents" in these bad homes and trust the very people who are causing the child harm, to administer the medication correctly?

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