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A Readers Thoughts and Criticisms Regarding the Below Piece on Medication

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A Readers Thoughts and Criticisms Regarding the Below Piece on Medication

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I received a critique on my most recent piece regarding medication and foster children.  Rather than include this under “comments,” I thought them important and deserving enough for their own post.

I have permission from the unnamed writer to paraphrase and combine a number of thoughts.  My own answers to these succinct criticisms are in paragraphs within the piece.

The author makes a number of important points and asks a very good question regarding the suicide of Jorge Tarin, the 11-year-old who hanged himself after several contacts with DCFS and mental health workers.

Below is the combination and paraphrase of these comments.

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A subject like psychotropic is quite complicated and has many, many entangled issues.  Once a foster child is on a psychotropic, they are on it forever because there is very little follow-up. (Well sometimes…)

Psychotropic medication has serious side-effects that no one talks about, especially for children in which there have been no long-term follow-up studies.

If a child is depressed because he gets placed in foster care and then gets prescribed an antidepressant, how long does he stay on it?  How long does a kid stay on Ritalin?  These drugs and the assumptions underlying their usage dictate that one is on them forever. (Well I’m not sure about that…)

There is also the issue that ALL prescribed medications, particularly psychotropic, robs your body of nutrients and is highly acidic.

The Psychotropic Medication Desk is “manned” by a psychiatrist who reviews all requested authorization for appropriateness.

He or she then sends it to the court for approval if they feel it is appropriate, i.e., that what they put on the request makes medical sense.

If the reviewing psychiatrist approves it, the judge always approves it.  You made it sound like the judge approves all psychotropic medications prescribed by a physician (psychiatrist or otherwise).  (Guilty, oops)

I have seen, but only rarely, a request sent back from the Desk to the prescribing physician for clarification and–in one case–for refusal.

There is a key issue you neglected.  All psychotropic medication is approved for adult use.  But physicians have the privilege of ( Note from Joshua Allen:  I did touch on this with regards to the psychiatrist prescribing a mixture of Seroquel and Abilify see first paragraph below) prescribing for “off-label” usage.

This is where the abuse comes in.  They (psychiatrists) are experimenting with children, some as young as 2 and 3 with this stuff.  And while you touched on it, most of these doctors never interview or observe the child; they just go on what an adult (social worker, foster parent, and teacher) tells them.

You also neglected to mention the mismanagement of psychotropic, the “skull and cross-bones” that have been implemented for some usage, e.g., the warning about suicide rates from prescribing antidepressants when used by teenagers.

Foster kids get moved around so much and lose their medications in their moves.  Sudden stoppage brings about depression and suicidal thoughts–sometimes leading to suicidal thoughts and attempts.

Was the kid that hanged himself (Jorge Tarin) with the jump rope on psychotropic?

(Darn good question!)

Was he prescribed them in the past?  How long ago and how many times?


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September 1, 2010 at 6:51 pm

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