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posted by King Minos in Health

MDs, Big Pharma Responsible for Addictions?

February 3, 2013

. It was inside the building that her husband, Rick, implored Richard’s doctor to stop prescribing him Adderall, warning, “You’re going to kill him.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/03/us/concerns-about-adhd-practices-and-a...

I am certain that someone out there can provide me a "bullet-proof" example of a situation where the prompt prescribing of one of the new "miracle" psychotropic medications saved someone's life, or allowed them to acheive fantastic success! Let me know!

In the beginning, of course, most mentally ill folks were kept in state hospitals; some received good, compassionate care and some not. Even, then, some patients were kept on some pretty strong medications to make them more easily manageable so they'd not harm themselves or others.

But Reagan officials desperately sought ways to cut government spending without aiming cuts at Republican and other special interest groups. In the white-heat of political confrontation, perhaps, was born the raison d'etre of a new generation of potent psychoactive drugs including adderal, Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil and many, many more!

In a policy-making move as cool and smooth as a professional trick pool shot, the Feds finally got some savings by establishing a new policy of "mainstreaming" the mentally ill, and doing THAT, by doping them up with the new medications! Big Pharma, of course, was ready to cash-in while they ushered in a "new day" of mental health care by proxy; hereafter, Mr. Pill would take the place of nurses or caretakers in an institution! Gradually, of course, it was discovered -- amidst the school reform panic -- that many normal-appearing youngsters in private and public schools were, in fact, dangerously "active" and in great jeopardy of harming their own, or that of their peer's, ability to become educated! School principals and teachers eventually discoved ways to dope-up the kids and help them concentrate! Once strung out on the very heavy meds, the kids had to be kept on them or they might be a real danger to themselves or someone else! Asked about the possibility of an addicition to Paxil, one helpful MD advised: "You don't have to get off of it!"

Course, who could blame Big Pharma for its profits? And haven't doctors been squeezed long enough by the big insurance companies and the government? Shouldn't they be allowed to sacrifice the care of their patients -- including young children -- in exchange for their long hours worked and job frustration. Just dope 'em up, and send 'em a bill!

What is the solution to the mess? I don't know. I'd guess the "solution" might arise from an unlikely quarter; imagine if the USD became virtually worthless and "Big Pharma" could no longer sell all those pills ...

They'd stop making 'em. And doctors would stop prescribing 'em. And old teachers, other educators and even parents might ask, "What were we thinking??" Shock

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