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December 6, 2006
Child Medication Safety Act (HR 1790)
lame duck Congress will adjourn this Friday, December 8, 2006.
Congressional leaders have decided not to pass the remaining federal
spending bills, which involved
screening issues. Instead, they will pass a "continuing resolution"
to fund these programs at current levels until February, when the new
majority will have to address the budget.
This common sense
legislation protects families from being coerced
by schools into administering certain psychotropic medications
to their children in order for them to continue attending school.
HR 1790 has the support of a broad spectrum of groups.
individual spending bills to pass, Congress is working on other
legislation. One of the bills they could pass in their last week should
be a "no-brainer": The Child Medication Safety Act (CMSA) -- HR
U.S. House for the second Congress in a row by the overwhelming
November of 2005.
Senate CMSA bill was introduced by Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) on
September of 2006, right before the election.
common sense legislation protects families from being coerced by schools
into administering certain psychotropic medications to their children in
order for them to continue attending school. The drugs addressed in
HR 1790 are those on the controlled substances list. They are the Ritalin
class of drugs used to treat ADHD, the most common psychiatric label
given to children.
passed in 2004 protected special education students from this
same kind of forced drugging. That same year, however, legislation with
identical protection for all K-12 students died in the last
session of Congress. It fell victim to a
blockade by Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA) at the behest of
pharmaceutical and psychiatric groups.
Child Medication Safety Act, HR 1790, has the support of a broad spectrum
of groups. The
NAACP (p.22) promoted it as part of its legislative priorities for
this Congress that is about to end. A variety of consumer, professional
and grassroots political
groups all support HR 1790.
Pediatrician Dr. Karen Effrem presented
testimony to Congress
on HR 1790. She showed the medical literature demonstrating these
medications are overused, ineffective, and have dangerous, if not fatal,
side effects. Most importantly, she showed that experts admit that the
"disorders" these drugs treat have no scientific basis.
Behavior and learning disorders have numerous causes that do not
require medication. Children have
died from the dangers of these
drugs schools have forced on them.
Effrem testimony was presented, study after study has been released that
continues to demonstrate the dangers and lack of effectiveness of these
medications. For instance, these studies are from 2006 alone:
Oregon Drug Effectiveness Review Project, analyzed 2,287 pieces of
research -- virtually every investigation ever done on ADHD drugs up to
2006 - to reach its conclusions: it found no evidence to support the
claims about their safety, effectiveness, or the legitimacy of the ADHD
- The FDA
warnings on these drugs, finally acknowledging that they cause
dependency and addiction, hallucinations, psychosis, and heart problems,
including sudden death.
- A study of
ADHD drugs in preschoolers released by the National Institutes of Mental
Health revealed that, "About 40 percent of children developed side
effects and roughly 11 percent dropped out because of problems, including
irritability, weight loss, insomnia and slowed growth."
- The Child Medication Safety Act (HR 1790) is supported by groups from
all parts of the political spectrum, from the NAACP to Phyllis Schlaflyís
- Much new research continues to come forward on the dangers of the
Ritalin class of drugs.
- Government is now funding mental health screening for children of all
ages, leading to increased drugging.
- Basic protections for K-12 students have already passed for special
- The Child Medication Safety Act (HR 1790) should be passed without a
Whose interests they
the Senators support:
Those of parents and children, including minority children,
or those of the psycho-pharmaceutical and education
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