U.S. Probes Use of Antipsychotic Drugs on Children

Child-Pills-300x167The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is launching an investigation into the over-prescription of antipsychotics to children on Medicaid, and has already asked all fifty states to provide more oversight of these prescriptions. Medicaid more than doubled the amount it spent on antipsychotic drugs between 1999 and 2008 (the last year for which data is available), and now spends $3.8 billion on antipsychotics, more than any other class of drugs. In 2004, a child on Medicaid was four times more likely to be on antipsychotics than a child with private insurance. And it’s not just the older kids: of the 600,000 minors in the Medicaid program who were on antipsychotics in 2008, more than half were under the age of 14. So far, the HHS probe has found that 482 children under the age of three were prescribed antipsychotics, and 107 children under the age of two. Six were under a year old, and one was an infant just one month old. This is almost unbelievable. Are we still living in the dark ages that we would do this to a newborn?  Read more…

VLA COMMENT:  It is exactly at about 2-3 years old that Autism kicks in.  Do you think that injecting children with 52 vaccines by the time they are six years old including 4 vaccine doses in-utero, one with mercury, is the 1000 lb gorilla in the room?

3 thoughts on “U.S. Probes Use of Antipsychotic Drugs on Children

  1. Toni RN

    Dear Editor, I am an adolescent psych nurse. I watch this everyday. It is my desire to become part of the solution, that is why I do what I do.
    I write to you because you suggest, exercise, a good diet and a loving family. I agree. That is not the life I see these kids coming from. The parents of these kids often (usually) are on as many meds as their children. The parenting skills are limited. The parents demand meds and adjustments of meds because that is all they know. It is sad. As an “integrative nurse”, I teach breathing techniques and teach nutrition classes to the older kids. I am advocating a wash out program to allow the younger ones (less then 10 years of age) a safe place to come off all the medications in residence, get stable and reassess need for meds. Thank you for your article. Awareness is needed as is education. My e-mail is listed. Contact me if desired.

  2. Stephen LHommedieu DC

    Is it really that difficult to grasp the idea that the doubling of anti-psychotic scripts for children may correlate with the more than doubling of the now insane recommended vaccination schedule?

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