24 Dec '11, 2am

The Drugging of the Developmentally Disabled in NY State Institutions | Care2 Causes

The Drugging of the Developmentally Disabled in NY State Institutions | Care2 Causes

A detailed article in the December 23rd New York Times reveals that powerful psychotropic medications have been “dispensed sloppily, without rigorous or regular review, by general practitioners with little expertise in the area” to developmentally disabled individuals in state institutions. In addition, the New York Times ‘s review of previously unreleased records along with interviews with family members of people living in those facilities, state employees and doctors also found that “low-level workers at state group homes are frequently given discretion to increase the medication ‘as needed,’ despite their lack of significant training.” My own teenage son Charlie has been taking a number of medications for some years due to his neurological challenges (Charlie does not have seizures, but one of his medications is also used for epilepsy) and his anxiety. To some extent, ...

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