Dr. Mercola writes that “the high rates of psychotropic drug use among foster children and poor children is likely a direct result of drug company tactics that targeted doctors in the Medicaid program, influencing them to prescribe more drugs to these kids.”
Drug Firms Have Used Dangerous Tactics to Drive Sales to Treat Kids (Mercola.com)
From the article:
“There is big money to be made in prescribing medications to kids – especially when those medications are intended to be taken for life, as many psychotropic drugs are.
“These drugs, which include stimulants, antipsychotics, and mood stabilizers, carry the risk of serious side effects, including, ironically, psychotic symptoms(like hearing voices or paranoia), aggressive behavior, hostility, seizures, heart attack, delayed puberty, and more.
“Oftentimes the side effects are far worse than the conditions, such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), for which they’re prescribed, and rival illegal street drugs in terms of their dangerous risks to health.”