A battle has been raging for the last few decades over parents' right to control medication of their children, yet many Americans know nothing about it.
The psychotropic drugging of America's children, ostensibly to improve conditions such as Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), has become a $28 billon a year industry- an industry utilizing the shakiest of opinion based criteria instead of scientific fact.
Parents of school-aged children are finding themselves subjected to intense pressure to medicate their children at the wish of school administrators and counselors. Dr. David Singer is calling upon the powerful group composed of Acupuncturists and their patients to take effective action to protect parents' rights.
ÒParents all around the country have been threatened with prosecution for medical neglect or child abuse if they do not agree to medicate their children in accordance with the wishes of school administrators and guidance counselors, Dr. Singer States "Acupuncturists understand better than anyone the dangers of drugs, we as group of individuals, must act to protect our children from this danger."
What are the facts of this epidemic of drug prescriptions?
- Eight million children a year (about 10% of the school-aged population) are prescribed behavior and mind altering psychiatric drugs for " learning and attention difficulties."
- Teenagers taking psychotropic drugs have committed more than half of the last 12 school shootings.
- Ritalin, the most commonly prescribed psychiatric drug for children, is currently administered to one in every 30 children between the ages of 5 and 18.
Ritalin is classified in the group of drugs, as opium, morphine, Dexedrine and cocaine- a side effect of its withdrawal is suicidal impulses. Side effects of its use include stunted growth, weight loss, manic behavior, future drug dependence, heart palpitations, cardiac arrhythmia, anxiety, insomnia, violent behavior and even death.1
Nationwide reports of coercion by school officials have led to legislation in 19 states limiting the power of school officials to use threats and intimidation to administer psychiatric drugs. Now before the US Senate is a bill (known as the Child Medication Safety of 2003) creating a mandate from the federal level that "protects children and their parents from being coerced into administering psychotropic medication in order to attend school, and for other purposes." This bill has passed in the House of Representatives and needs all possible support to pass in the Senate.
Max Burns (R. GA), a major sponsor of the bill commented, "The decision to medicate a child belongs in the hands of parents and their child's pediatrician, not the public school systems administrators. "No parent should be forced to medicate a child in order for that child to attend school."2
To clarify the necessity for supporting this bill, Singer refers to the story of Shaina Dunkle.
In 1999, Shaina was a beautiful eight year old girl in the second grade when her teachers decided she was "too active" and "talked out of turn." The school psychologist pressured Shaina's mother, Vicky Dunkle, to have Shaina evaluated for ADHD.
The psychiatrist doing the evaluation prescribed a psychiatric drug after a 30-minute evaluation and no test or physical exams. Later two more drugs were prescribed.
On February 26, 2001, Mrs. Dunkle received the news that Shaina had suffered a slight seizure at school and had fallen out of her seat. Mrs. Dunkle took Shaina to the doctor but while there, Shaina began convulsing, and as her mother was holding her, Shaina died. Mrs. Dunkle said, " As I held her in my arms, she looked into my eyes as her life ended and I could nothing to save her. If I had followed my heart instead of the advice of "professionals" who thought they knew my daughter better than I did, my precious Shaina would be alive now."3
"There are more than six million children in this country who are taking psychiatric drugs related to being labeled an ADHD sufferer," states Singer. " Our next genereation is severely at risk and we must each act to reverse this situation. If Acupunctrists notify their Senators about their support of S.1390 and encourage their patients to do the same, we can play a critical role in the passage of this bill and the protection of our children now and in the future."
Anyone wishing to obtain a sample S. 1390 support letter and the address of their Senator along with other info on how you can become more informed in this matter may call Fabian Padro at David Singer Enterprises, 800-326-1797.
- Nadine Lambert, director School Psychology Program, UC Berkley's Graduate School of Education, Report to NIH, news release 5 May, 1999, p.53
- John Boehner, " Bill Introduced to Protect Parents from being forced to Medicate Students before School," news release 12 March, 2003.
- Jan Eastgate, Bruce Wiseman, "The Silent Death of America's Children©,"Citizens Commission of Human Rights.