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14 October 2006 @ 02:02 am
Gotta love Bill Maher  
Bill Maher goes off on the many serious dangers facing all of our children while we focus on Mark Foley: The Real Menace To American Kids. crushednchurned will be delighted by his remarks about drugging our children.
crushednchurned on October 14th, 2006 08:06 pm (UTC)
Eh, it's pretty brash, which isn't something I'm going to celebrate or be delighted over. His careless attitude might be considered just as negative as the cultural trends he is protesting in his article.

Psychiatrists say that our children are being drugged because disorders are being more frequently diagnosed. It's not because there is an increase in the disorders in the child population, they contend, but because they were always there and they are only now getting rightfully diagnosed. The problem with drugging our children is that drugs are supposed to be a last resort but they have become a first resort because of insurance costs, trends/media advertising/general pressure and because pharmaceutical companies are funding research and so the evidence is continually mounting in favor of drugging children.

Doctors and everyone else, like CHADD -everyone except the FDA - is saying drugs are safe and effective, and it isn't really true and they don't really know the long-term costs. Who knows, it may work out. Children may benefit. Quite a risk though, to be playing russian roulette with our children.