Cases like that of Andrew Rios, in which children age 2 or younger are prescribed psychiatric medications to address alarmingly violent or withdrawn behavior, are rising rapidly, data shows. Many doctors worry that these drugs, designed for adults and only warily accepted for certain school-age youngsters, are being used to treat children still in cribs despite no published research into their effectiveness and potential health risks for children so young.Read that again: "doctors are generally free to prescribe medication for any purpose they see fit." No guidelines, no oversight, and in the case of dispensing meds to kids 2 or younger, no idea what they are doing.
Almost 20,000 prescriptions for risperidone (commonly known as Risperdal), quetiapine (Seroquel) and other antipsychotic medications were written in 2014 for children 2 and younger, a 50 percent jump from 13,000 just one year before, according to the prescription data company IMS Health. Prescriptions for the antidepressant fluoxetine (Prozac) rose 23 percent in one year for that age group, to about 83,000.
The data did not indicate the condition for which these prescriptions were written. Doctors are generally free to prescribe any medication for any purpose they see fit, so some drugs can occasionally be used in unproven and debatable ways. But the volume and rapid rise in psychotropics such as antipsychotics and antidepressants in children 2 and younger suggest a trend.
Risperdal in 18 month olds is complete and utter lunacy, but even among the preschool set generally it is dangerous and unproven. Sometimes a preschooler is just acting like a preschooler [gasp].
Most experts suspected that the trend of medicating younger and younger children for suspected psychiatric disorders was trickling down to very young children. Last year, a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that health care providers had given a diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder to at least 10,000 children age 2 or 3 and then prescribed medications such as Adderall outside American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines.Which suggests they do have guidelines for the toddler set 3 years old and up. Which is, of course, complete malpractice and borderline criminal behavior on behalf of the esteemed Academy and its board of governors.
The American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and the American Academy of Neurology have no guidelines or position statements regarding use of antidepressants and antipsychotics in children younger than 3.
How could an organization like the AAP dispense untested medications to these lab rats (er, children) on nothing more than an "assumption" that if it works on adults, it can work on kids (or in this case, the diaper-gym set)?
Simple: Big Pharma and its cozy relationship with pediatrics and Big Medicine in general. As I've said several times over the years on this blog: the doctors are just the street level drug pushers for the cartels that are Big Pharma. The only difference between a doctor in a lab coat with a prescription pad, and a guy wearing a hoodie on the street corner, is there is no difference.
Actually, there's only one difference: if the guy in the hoodie deals drugs to kids, he goes to prison for a long time. If some "MD" with stethoscope and prescrip pad costume deals drugs to kids, he gets a raise (via his kickback) from Big Pharma.
Worse, as Frontline showed years ago, keeping kids on these high-powered antipsychotics as they get older and develop in adolescence creates all kinds of facial ticks, neck rolls and profound psychological and neurological damage.
But hey, as long as we can keep them quiet when they're younger? And obedient to the cultural norms of appropriate behavior? And less disruptive in day care or in elementary school later?
Open wide, kiddies. Here comes Santa.