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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

A system of insanity: Medicating Kids

By Trace L Hentz (a repost from 2015)

My friend Karen Vigneault wrote me an email with this 2015 op-ed http://www.madinamerica.com/2015/03/drugging-children-foster-care/ and said, "So sad, we are such a disposable society."

We are a disposable society. We in America have collectively lost our minds! As I wrote I my memoir, I could have been medicated and drugged for many behaviors as an adoptee/child, but that was the 1960s and they weren’t drugging adoptees then. In order to cope, I had developed an obsessive compulsive disorder.  Eventually my OCD did go away but by then I was a young adult. It helped I had "talk therapy" at age 22.

I also wrote about my foster care training in Oregon when I had 12 weeks of training and one class on “Medicating -- YES or NO"  -- and the social workers showed us a film.  In fact in 1995, YES, drugging was highly RECOMMENDED. They suggested foster parents/adopters get drugs for newly-adopted children and foster children. One father in the film said it was absolutely necessary for his son to be heavily medicated. (I recall there was quite a discussion among 20 of us in this class. I was the only single person getting trained in foster care.)

We have lost our minds (thanks to BIG PHARMA) if we believe drugs help children. It's the opposite!

If you really think about it, “children” are expected to be tranquil, compliant, grateful and act a certain way as children, even though many of us children have been lost and exposed to the gravest injustices being taken from our mothers and families. The children are expected to accept strange new people as parents and smile as though nothing's happened. 

I was so afraid as a child.

Reading this latest article, I am very afraid for all the new children thrust into this system of insanity.





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