Emily Ramshaw of The Dallas Morning News today has a disturbing story and one that is frightening to say the least if her information is correct, and there is little reason to doubt it. Here is her lead:
AUSTIN – One in
three Texas foster children has been diagnosed with mental illness and
prescribed mind-altering drugs, including some that the federal
government has not approved for juveniles, state records show.
There are dozens of scary stories about what happens in foster care to begin with, and then add this component to the mix. Can't you just imagine how this racket might work? Foster parents seek kids for whatever reason, they can't have their own, the "love" kids, or they want the cash that comes from having an extra state-sponsored kid in the home; the kids is a little unruly, more than the foster parents bargained for, so take them to your local shrink, fill them with sedatives or suppressants, and viola, you have a ready-made recipe for disaster.
And a circle of confluence where who knows how many kids are the potential for the victimization of such a scenario. It's frightening, actually. And who is to say that these kids shouldn't be on these meds? Shrinks, shrinks who may already have their own racket going, so they're sure not going to shut down another one. And so the vicious cycle continues, until one day when a reporter from TDMN says, hey, you're not going to believe this.
Emily, I hope this is just the first part of your work. Surely there is more to this. Any readers out there have any first-hand knowledge of this? Isn't this one of those Dr. Ivins' kind of deals where the best recourse the government has is to ask the scientists, some of whom may already be in on the gig?
This story gives me chills.