Dr. Dan L. Edmunds, Ed.D,B.C.S.A.,DAPA.

Dr. Dan L. Edmunds, Ed.D,B.C.S.A.,DAPA.
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Sunday, July 16, 2006


I read today an article discussing that up to a quarter of children attending summer camps are tkaing various psychiatric drugs, and that now they line up in the morning where nurses or others dispense these drugs.
One psychiatrist states: "There is no doubt that kids are more medicated than they used to be,"
said Dr. Edward Walton, an assistant professor of pediatrics at the
University of Michigan and an expert on camp medicine for the American
Academy of Pediatrics. "And we know that the people prescribing these
drugs are not that precise about diagnosis. So the percentage
Another psychiatrist argued that these drugs help these kids be able to attend camp where they might not be able to function as well.
These camps have existed for many years and there was never such a precedent. The drugs being used such as Risperdal are not even indicated for or tested on children. They carry serious warnings about tardive dyskinesia. Are camp staff really trained and able to recognize adverse events that may occur to children on these drugs?
25% of kids in these camps need a drug? For a subjective disorder? When will it end? It is indeed possible the with the current trend and the public's enchantment with the fraud of bio-psychiatry, that we may very well may end up with the majority of children taking some sort of mind-altering substance. And how does this fair with our supposed War on Drugs? Legal drugs are considered acceptable whereas ilicit ones are not even though the characteristics and profiles of some all of these drugs are often similar? Bio-psychiatrists appear to be nothing more than legalized drug dealers. Their ethics are on the same level as the drug pusher on the street. The illicit drug dealer is out for themselves but also on some level probably feel they are giving a desired product to help people 'escape' from troubles. The psychiatrist promotes drugs under the guise of help as well. The difference is that the psychiatirst is sanctioned by the government. It is about social control. The illicit drug dealer though is not sanctioned and will end up in jail. You can take an amphetamine that is prescribed by a psychiatrist and there will be no consequences to you. Have an amphetamine that is not prescribed in your possession and you will be carted off to prison.
What is going on with a society where our children line up for drugs as they would their orange juice or breakfast in the morning?

-Dr. Dan L. Edmunds, Ed.D.

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