for parents, not bureaucrats
15 September 2004 - Los Angeles Times
there be anything more interesting to parents who love their kids
than this week’s announcement by the FDA that some anti-depressants
that it has approved for use by children years ago are now found
to possibly cause suicidal tendencies in children?
the timing of the announcement, considering the recent report released
by the Bush administration’s “New Freedom Commission on Mental Health”,
which recommends universal (political-speak for “mandatory”) mental
health screening for every American child. Should this new program
come to pass, the government will have the power to diagnose and
prescribe medication for any child they label as a “problem child”
– forcing parents to medicate their kids with psychotropic drugs
like Ritalin and Paxil that may not be safe, and whose very efficacy
is doubted by some.
and their personal doctors should make decisions regarding kids’
medication, not some government committee and the bureaucratic FDA.