Child Drugging Should Be the Last Resort Claims CCHR

New Washington State code protects the rights of children and families

The Seattle chapter of Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) sponsored a community forum at the Church of Scientology Seattle on alternatives to psychiatric drugging of minors in Washington State and to inform parents of a new code revision put in place to safeguard Washington students.

According to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 70 percent of children diagnosed with ADHD in Washington State had been given medication in the previous week; only 38 percent had any kind of alternative care.

This puts our children at risk, says CCHR, despite 61 warnings in nine countries that drugs used for ADHD cause dangerous side effects including cardiovascular disorders, depression, suicidal ideation, aggression or hostility, and even death.

With growing concern about the number of children prescribed these drugs, CCHR worked with the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) and state legislators to revise the Washington Administrative Code. “Parents of Washington State children may no longer be forced to put their children on these dangerous drugs as a requirement for them to attend school or be eligible for other services,” said the CCHR representative. “This code revision is now in effect. Washington State is a leader in caring for the environment. We are now also setting the trend for a more holistic approach to our most important resource—our children.”

nutritionist specializing in providing healthy foods for children spoke of natural remedies to real physical problems that create the symptoms most commonly diagnosed as ADHD and simple dietary adjustments that can help children overcome those difficulties without the use of drugs.

CCHR was cofounded in 1969 by the Church of Scientology and professor of psychiatry Dr. Thomas Szasz. It is a mental health watchdog, working with medical professionals including doctors, scientists, nurses and those few psychiatrists who have taken a stance against the biological/drug model promoted by the psychiatric/pharmaceutical industry. It is a nonpolitical, nonreligious, nonprofit organization dedicated to eradicating mental health abuse and enacting patient and consumer protections. CCHR’s Board of Advisers, called Commissioners, include doctors, scientists, psychologists, lawyers, legislators, educators, business professionals, artists and civil and human rights representatives.

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