Oregon psychologists still pressing for a license to harm mental health consumers

The article in the The Lund Report bears the headline Psychologists Continue Push for Prescribing Rights.

Psychologists are attempting to pass legislation allowing them to prescribe psychotropic drugs after Governor Ted Kulongoski vetoed such a bill in 2009. This is their fifth try.

5 strikes doesn’t seem to signal an out in this game. Where, pray tell, is the umpire!?

Only Lousiana and New Mexico, thus far, have granted psychologists a license to harm their clients in this fashion. Let’s hope interest groups and legislators can continue to keep psychologists from gaining the upper hand in their pursuit of the prescribing edge.

The battle is still raging in Oregon over prescription privileges. Psychologists want the same so-called “rights” that psychiatrists have to prescribe psychiatric drugs. At the hands of psychiatrists these prescription drugs have created an epidemic in iatrogenic (physician caused) disease.

The psychiatric drugs that these psychologists would be able to prescribe are known to cause a movement disorder and progressive neurological disease. There is also a metabolic syndrome associated with them that has been credited with being the chief reason people in mental health treatment are dying, according to one study, on average at an age 25 years younger than the rest of the population.

Granting privileges to psychologists to dispense drugs, and thereby harm patients, will certainly not lessen the amount of iatrogenic disease there is in the mental health field now. It is also not likely to appreciably increase recovery rates as drug maintenance invariably adds to the overall disability rates.

As John McCulley, a lobbyist for one of the chief offenders, the Oregon Psychiatric Association, puts it.

These are “powerful drugs,” he said, that can cause liver and kidney impairment, effect the brain, and other parts of the body. “It’s a prescription of medicine and should be done by those who have medical training.”

Opponents of the bill dispute the claim that proponents have used to support it that it will increase mental health care access in rural areas.

Why do it? Well, because psychologists want the same megalomaniacal sort of power that psychiatrists have.

I didn’t say it was a good reason.

The good news…

[Psychology professor Tanya] Tompkins is fairly confident the bill won’t pass this session. “It doesn’t have the votes to pass the Senate this time,” she said, adding that it “will be close” in the House, which is split between 30 Democrats and 30 Republicans.

Let’s hope the electoriate of Oregon can prevent psychologists from being granted this license to maim and kill people in mental health treatment in years to come. Psychiatrists acting alone have managed enough destruction and devestation. We certainly don’t want to increase the numbers achieved through this damaging capacity by permitting another profession to damage people’s physical wellbeing, too.

Oregon, the eyes of the nation are upon you. Psychologists in other states are antsy for this devestating power. Do the right thing, and don’t let them have it.