Psychiatric Drug Use Rises Dramatically

The psychiatric drug industry is making a killing in America according to an article in the Ottawa Citizen.

You Canucks noticed, did you? All we can do is respond with a loud and resounding duh!

They (US researchers) said 73 percent more adults and 50 percent more children are using drugs to treat mental illness than in 1996.

Among adults over 65, use of so-called psychotropic drugs — which include antidepressants, antipsychotics and Alzheimer’s medicines — doubled between 1996 and 2006.

Recent articles have reported on the growing acceptance the American populace has to the use of psychiatric drugs. This news blitz is taking place on top of the continual barrage of articles peddling the analogy of mental illness with physical illness. This is a linguistically confusing analogy that I am happy to say I have absolutely no part in.

In 2006, they said 16 percent of adults 65 and older had some form of mental health diagnosis.

The researchers culled data from several large public surveys of health in the United States, including from the National Center for Health Statistics, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the Social Security Administration.

(Sherry) Glied (of Columbia University) said expanded drug coverage under Medicare, the federal insurance program for the elderly, and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program for poor children, helped make such drugs more affordable.

The study found the number of children diagnosed and treated for mental health conditions by their primary care doctor doubled between 1996 and 2006.

“The increases in prescription drug use were particularly rapid in the early part of this decade, between 1996 to 2001,” Glied said. “For most groups, they have slowed down since then.”

Slowed increases, don’t mean decreases, it’s just a matter of degree. I want to put the emphasis where it belongs. Somewhere, after all, the market reaches its limit.

Notice that much of this article is about how children and the elderly, two very vulnerable populations, have become the newest targets and the latest victims for the psychiatric profession and the drug industry.

The article then goes on to say:

About 7 percent of Americans with serious mental illness wind up in jail or prison every year, the researchers said.

“New policies are desperately needed to reduce the flow of people whose primary problem is a mental disorder into the criminal justice system,” wrote Glied and colleague Richard Frank of Harvard Medical School.

Even the experts in the criminal justice system are in agreement on this score.

I, for one, feel that the wrong people are being arrested. The real criminal wears a business suit, and runs a pharmaceutical corporation. Get him, and you’ve gone a long way towards clearing up a long string of unsolved murders.