In my school board, Risperdal, a toxic psychiatric drug, was often used to subdue children with developmental disorders. Studies show that it is common for children diagnosed with autism to be taking one or more prescribed psychiatric drugs. In one study which analysed medication use between 2001 and 2010 in children with autism, from birth to age twenty, two thirds of the children had been prescribed a psychotropic drug: with one third on a single drug, another third on two drugs, and 5 per cent were taking four or more medications. Unbelievably, a shocking 10 per cent of infants under the age of one year, who were later diagnosed with autism, had been prescribed multiple psychiatric medications. These vulnerable children need support, not brain disabling medications. The current practice is a form of child abuse.