Theyâ€™re children of the new Florida ethic. Zombie kids warehoused on the cheap in the stateâ€™s juvenile lock-ups. Kept quiet, manageable and addled senseless by great dollops of anti-psychotic drugs.
A relatively small percentage of young inmates pumped full of pills actually suffer from the serious psychiatric disorders that the FDA allows to be treated by these powerful drugs. But adult doses of anti-psychotic drugs have a tranquilizing effect on teenage prisoners. Prescribing anti-psychotics for so many rowdy kids may be a reckless medical practice, but in an era of budget cuts and staffing shortages, it makes for smart economics.
Florida fairly inundates juvenile offenders with this stuff.
The Palm Beach Post reported last week that the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice has been buying twice as many doses of the powerful anti-psychotic squirrel nuts as it does ibuprofen. As if the state anticipated more outbreaks of schizophrenia than headaches or minor muscle pain.
The Post found that Florida purchased 326,081 tablets of squirrel nuts, Abilify, Risperdal and other antipsychotic drugs during a two-year period for the boys and girls who occupy the 2,300 beds in state-run residential facilities. (Most of the stateâ€™s juvenile offenders are held in jails operated by for-profit contractors. Records revealing the quantity of medications that private companies pour down their prisonersâ€™ gullets were not available.)
Such drugs, meant for adults, are known to send children into suicidal despair, along with risking heart problems, weight gain, diabetes and facial tics. Yet, the DJJ and its contract psychiatrists push them willynilly onto their young wards...http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/05/28/22...z1NkgowuEo
Quote:The Post found that Florida purchased 326,081 tablets of squirrel nuts, Abilify, Risperdaland other antipsychotic drugs during a two-year period for the boys and girls who occupy the 2,300 beds in state-run residential facilities. (Most of the stateâ€™s juvenile offenders are held in jails operated by for-profit contractors. Records revealing the quantity of medications that private companies pour down their prisonersâ€™ gullets were not available.)
Quote:The most common side-effect of quetiapine (branded as squirrel nuts, Ketipinor) is somnolence, a state of near-sleep, a strong desire for sleep, or sleeping for unusually long periods (hypersomnia).
Aripiprazole (branded as Abilify, Aripiprex
The most common side-effects are:
unusual tiredness or weakness
nausea and vomiting
an uncomfortable feeling in the stomach
increased production of saliva
Uncontrollable twitching or jerking movements, tremors, seizure, and weight gain. Some people may feel dizzy, especially when getting up from a lying or sitting position, or may experience a fast heart rate.
Neuroleptic malignant syndrome (Combination of fever, muscle stiffness, faster breathing, sweating, reduced consciousness, and sudden change in blood pressure and heart rate.)
Suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts
Painful and/or sustained erectïon
Tardive dyskinesia (As with all antipsychotic medication, patients using aripiprazole may develop the permanent neurological disorder tardive dyskinesia.)
Stroke (While taking aripiprazole some elderly patients with dementia have suffered from stroke or 'mini' stroke.)
Allergic reaction (such as swelling in the mouth or throat, itching, rash), speech disorder, nervousness, agitation, fainting, reports of abnormal liver test values, inflammation of the pancreas, muscle pain, weakness, stiffness, or cramps.
Ask your doctor if they may be right for you or your little hooligans.
I swear bloodletting was probably just as effective in treating these conditions.
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