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The mass overmedication of foster children with psychiatric drugs

CCHR: Psychiatry—Labeling Kids with Bogus 'Mental Disorders

Friday, July 22, 2011 by: Sally Oaken

(NaturalNews) For a long list of reasons, the day-to-day life of a child in foster care can be challenging. Foster parents are often stretched thin and overburdened, foster children often wrestle with emotional issues that can go misdiagnosed, unrecognized or misunderstood, and qualified medical care for this vulnerable population is constantly in short supply.

These challenges are now being compounded by an additional concern: the over-administration of psychotropic drugs. Psychotropic medications are intended to combat or ease the symptoms of behavioral andmental healthproblems, but amongchildrenin foster care, thesedrugsare being prescribed at excessive levels and often for inappropriatereasons.

According to a recent study conducted by researchers at the Tufts Clinical and Translational Science Institute, about 4 percent of the generalyouthpopulation has receivedprescriptionsfor these drugs during the past decade. By comparison, the numbers for children in foster care fall between 13 and 52 percent. This study corroborates the findings of similar studies conducted in Texas and Georgia during the same time period.

There are several debatable factors that can explain the disparity inprescriptionrates between children in foster care and the general youthpopulation. While foster children may appear to suffer from a higher rate of behavioral and mentalhealthconcerns, many of these behavioral issues arise as anaturalresponse to trauma and domestic stress, and are being improperly diagnosed asmental health disorders.


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TWO of Britain’s leading former police officers are wanted for questioning over allegations that they withheld crucial evidence about the car crash which killed Princess Diana.

A French judge wants to ask ex-Yard chief Lord Condon and Sir David Veness why they failed to disclose the existence of a note in which she predicted her assassination.
They could face international arrest warrants as suspects should they refuse to attend interviews in Paris, sources close to the investigation indicated last night.
The note, taken by Diana’s lawyer Lord Mishcon, was handed to the officers a few months after the 1997 Paris tunnel crash which also claimed the lives of Diana’s boyfriend Dodi Fayed, son of tycoon Mohamed Al Fayed, and the pair’s chauffeur Henri Paul.
The highly-respected lawyer’s document records the line: “Efforts would be made if not to get rid of her (be it by some accident in her car, such as a pre-prepared brake failure or whatever) least to see that she was so injured or damaged as to be declared unbalanced.”


Oslo Police Conducted Bombing Exercise Days Before Terrorist Blast

In yet another example of how almost every major terror event is accompanied by a security drill focused around the same scenario, Oslo police were conducting a bombing exercise at a location near the Oslo Opera House just 48 hours before a terrorist blast hit a government building in the Norwegian capital.

According to the translated version of an Aftenposten report, “Anti-terror police fired explosive charges at a training center in Oslo, two hundred meters from the Opera, but forgot to notify the public.”
The exercise occurred on Wednesday and revolved around anti-terror units attacking a disused building at the edge of Bjørvika pier with bombs and firearms.
“The men lowered themselves down from the roof and in through the window that had just been blown out, while they fired hand their weapons,” states the report, noting that the exercise was “dramatic,” produced “violent bangs,” and was watched by spectators at the nearby Opera House.
A video of the drill that accompanies the story shows police scaling the side of a building with an explosion going off below them before they enter the window and start firing.
Police had to publicly apologize today for not informing the public about the exercise.


Young people should not take flu vaccine, watchdog says

Children should no longer be given a widely-used flu vaccine over concerns it is linked to a rare sleep disorder, the European drug regulator has recommended.

he European Medicine Agency said that Pandemrix should only be given to the under-20s if they are at risk of contracting swine flu and alternative jabs are not available.
Its announcement comes after studies showed that young people who were given the vaccine were at increased risk of developing narcolepsy, which causes sufferers to fall asleep unexpectedly.
But the British drug watchdog said it would not ban Pandemrix in the young and pointed out that the country’s stocks expire in a few months anyway.
Pandemrix, manufactured by the British pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline, was given to 30million people across Europe after the outbreak of swine flu – the H1N1 strain of the virus - that started in Mexico early in 2009.
It was approved by the European regulator in September that year but by the following August its safety was being reviewed after health officials in Finland claimed it had been linked to narcolepsy.
In total 335 cases of the sleeping disorder in people vaccinated with Pandemrix have been reported to GSK, with 10 suspected cases out of the 6million doses given in Britain.
In its review, the European watchdog said it looked at all the data as well as taking advice from experts, and found that the results of studies in Sweden and Finland suggested a six to 13-fold increased risk of narcolepsy among vaccinated children.


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