The very first sentence in an article in a recent issue of The Baltimore Sun, Many drugs in short supply at hospitals, pharmacies, runs as follows:
For a time this year, a psychiatric hospital run by the state of Maryland didn’t have enough injectable drugs for schizophrenia patients who refused to take pills.
What this article doesn’t tell you is that these drugs are dangerous. They can cause permanent brain damage, and they cause a metabolic syndrome that can cut short a life by many many years. I don’t think anybody should be forced to take such drugs who doesn’t want to do so. I don’t think people should be forced to imbibe alchohol or snort coke who don’t want to do so either.
I’d like to point out that this alarmist first sentence shows an astonishing lack of regard for the humanity of people imprisoned inside state mental hospitals. It is considered entirely acceptable to disregard their citizenship rights. It is considered entirely acceptable to physically assault them, and to drug them into a numb oblivion. Neither one of these precedures are acceptable in my book, and they never will be. Since when did the branch of what purports to be a medical science become grafted onto the trunk of the tree of police science!?
This sort of callousness points to the fact that prisoners in state mental hospitals DON’T have the right to choose what kind of treatment they receive. It points to the fact that they are 1. prisoners, and 2. forcibly treated. Imprisonment and coerced drugging are violations of one’s human and civil rights to freedom of movement, and to security of mind, body and person.
That such a sentence would serve as an introduction in an article of this sort indicates, to use a metaphor, just how steep a climb psychiatric survivor and mental health consumers have yet to summount before their citizenship rights are officially acknowledged, publicly recognized and fully restored.
Filed under: Biological Psychiatry, Brain Damage, Discrimination, Disinformation, Force, Fraud, Health Care, Human Rights, Media, Mental Health Care, Pharmaceutical Company, Polypharmacy, Psychiatric Drugs, psychiatric survivor |