The average rate of female prisoners in Canada’s prison system who receive psychiatric medication has jumped from 42% in 2001 to over 60% today, with some regions prescribing psych meds at a rate of up to 75%, according to a joint investigation by the Canadian Press and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Former prisoners and their advocates have been complaining for years about the overmedication of inmates, with Seroquel – a powerful antipsychotic — routinely being prescribed to female prisoners as a sleeping aid.
Majority of women inmates on psychiatric meds; probe launched (Herald News)
Powerful psychotropic drug used in Canada’s federal prisons (Times Colonist)
Powerful antipsychotic drug Seroquel used in Canada’s federal prisons (The Star)
Prisoners given powerful drugs off-label, allegedly to ‘control behavior’ (CBC News)