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More than 25 percent of US children now on chronic prescription medications

By Ethan A. Huff | Natural News | December 31, 2010

The rate of prescription drug use among children and teens continues to rise, with a new report from Medco Health Solutions Inc. saying that at least a quarter of all U.S. children are now regularly taking pharmaceutical drugs. And according to the report, many of these drugs were originally intended for adults, and carry with them unknown side effects for long-term use in young people.

The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reports that in addition to taking drugs for conditions like attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and asthma, children are now taking things like sleeping pills, diabetes drugs and even statin drugs, which are typically only prescribed for adults. The report cites an eight-year-old boy, for example, who has been taking blood pressure medications since he was a baby.

Dr. Danny Benjamin, a professor of pediatrics at Duke University, admitted to the WSJ that prescribing chronic medications to children is a serious problem. “We know we’re making errors in dosing and safety,” he said, noting also that parents must do more to question the safety of medicines their doctors prescribe.

Experts worry that the increasing prevalence of children on prescription drugs is causing these young people serious harm, and that parents should instead seek out dietary and lifestyle changes for their children. But because many doctors continue to dole out the drugs like candy, despite known dangers, many parents just accept them for their children without giving it a second thought.

And the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has done little, if anything, to warn the public about the dangers of using chronic prescription drugs, especially in small children. Safety studies in young people are not necessarily required in order for doctors to prescribe adult medications to children, as long as the drug is already FDA-approved.

Sources for this story include:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB100…

January 1, 2011 - Posted by | Corruption, Science and Pseudo-Science

4 Comments »

  1. They are basically legal drug addicts? Cool, sort of I suppose…

    Should we just go ahead and legalize all drugs?

    Comment by Michael White | January 1, 2011 | Reply

  2. This is so true. I have three children and most of their friends are on some sort of drug. I think DEPRESSION and ADD are the most prevalent reasons for the drugging. Regardless, I believe that a lot of this drugging of our children is intentional. These kids cannot think for themselves because they are so drugged up. The answer to every problem is a prescription drug. It’s insane. None of my children has ever been on long term drugs. I always wondered why my kids were so normal compared to everyone else and it finally hit me that it’s because their minds have not been altered by long term prescription drug use. It’s criminal what they are doing to our future.

    Comment by karen | January 1, 2011 | Reply

  3. If only the time and effort needed to turn a child into an employable adult came in a pill.

    Comment by Eric Vaughan | January 1, 2011 | Reply

  4. You are witnessing a capitalist conspiracy by with the full complicity all level of government and the medical industrial complex.

    I remember an expose’ that stated the elementary schools got a financial kick-back if they got 90% of the students on drugs.

    Children are victims of public education not only from disinformation, repression for questioning dogma; but being poisoning in their growth process too.

    Arny Duncan, Obama very close buddy is US Secretary of Education and has a horrible record in Chicago where he covered for teachers who had beat-up students in the classroom.

    Eugenics is the term that fits this crime.:


    Eugenics in America: A Brief History

    America’s experimentation with genetics as a tool for social change is not new. In the 1920s the United States became the world center of eugenic activity and social policy. From 1907-1960 more than 100,000 innocent Americans were sterilized in more than 30 states. In the 1930s and 1940s Hitler’s scientists took eugenics to the extreme – establishing human breeding farms for “Aryans,” large-scale sterilization and euthanasia programs for the mentally and physically disabled, and death camps for the races they deemed “genetically inferior” or “unworthy life.”

    Both the American and German eugenics movements of the 1920s and 30s identified human beings as either hereditarily valuable or inferior. They established programs to purify the “race” of “lower grade” and “degenerate” groups, thus extending racism to include a new generic classification – the “genetically inferior.” Not surprisingly, the targets always turned out to be the traditional victims of racism – Jews, Gypsies, Blacks, Indians, and other minorities……’Ref:

    http://www.sntp.net/eugenics/eugenics_america.htm

    Comment by Bill Mitchell | January 2, 2011 | Reply


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