Wednesday, January 9, 2008

If Your Children Are Being Drugged

When new data from the Center for Disease Control showed an increase in the teen suicide rate in 2004, (The year drug makers were first forced to include child suicide warnings on labels). Misleading news reports, suggesting that it was the warnings that were causing an increase in child suicides, flooded the media.

But the claimed "child" suicide rate causal linkage was negated by the facts:

Most of the suicides were among older teens, according to the data, published in the journal Pediatrics.

Prescriptions for antidepressants for kids up to age 12 dropped by 6.8 percent in 2004 compared to 2003, and by less than 1 percent among 13 - 19 year olds.

However, In the first six months of 2004, antidepressant prescriptions for children increased by almost 8 percent, despite the new drug labeling.

The national SSRI antidepressant prescription rates declined between 2004 and 2005
(The most recent year we have data on.)

Between 2004 and 2005, the total number of suicides declined from 32,439 (2004) to 31,769 (2005). More specifically, the number of suicides declined for persons ages 25 to 44 (11,712 to 11,262), ages 15 to 24 (4,316 to 4,139), and ages 5 to 14 (285 to 270) (1, 2).

These declines occurred despite decreasing overall SSRI prescriptions among these age groups.

You will find A LOT more info on SSRI use in chidren at

This class of drugs does not work for depressed children and increases the chance of suicide and violence. We have the evidence.

Thank you

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