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Food Chain Radio Show #1023
Michael Olson, Author & Urban Farming Agriculturalist
Drugs For Children
Guests: Columbia University Research Psychiatrist Dr. Mark Olfson
How should a culture that feeds its children psychotropic medications be judged?
We buy a lot of psychotropic drugs to correct our thinking. And we are buying more every year.
In 2003 we spent $2.8 billion on the psychotropic pills; by 2013 we were spending $18.2 billion, for a 10 year increase of 650 percent. The number of children being fed psychotropics increased by over 300% during this period.
According to Consumer Reports, the increase in psychotropic drug use by children is not the result of an epidemic of mental illness, but rather because medical doctors are increasingly using the drugs to treat behavior problems. And much of the increase in childhood usage is in the Medicaid population of the poor and dispossessed.
The increased usage of psychotropic drugs by medical doctors to treat the behavior problems of children comes with little official research as to treatment’s efficacy.
That so many psychotropic drugs are fed to so many children with no official research as to their efficacy leads us to ask…