“Parents Beware: Children have become the largest demographic for the Pharmaceutical Industry.
Adam Omkara: So what are you working on now?
Gwen: I’m presently contributing to an anthology of works, called “Drugging our Children: How Profiteers are Pushing Antipsychotics on our Youngest,” coming out this fall.
A Medco Health Solutions Report in 2009 showed children to be the largest growth demographic for the pharmaceutical industry. Prescriptions in kids grew at 4X the rate of the general population. Antipsychotics were the #1 drug category in both 2008 and 2009 making $14.6 billion each year.
Furthermore, there are 1100 people who enter the social security disability rolls on a daily basis because of mental illness. Of that number, 250 are kids.
Adam Omkara: Do you have a message for the parents?
Gwen: Yes, my campaign is one of informed consent. I’m not anti-drugs, but I am anti- misinformation, and parents have been sorely misinformed, if not straight out lied to in many circumstances. My message is for parents to be pro-active.
Stop taking people’s words for things- start doing your own due diligence and research when it comes to drugging your kids. Remember that it not only takes a village to raise a child, it takes a village to protect one. We all have to do our part!”
“Companies even try to speak to youngsters directly. Shire — the longtime market leader, with several A.D.H.D. medications including Adderall — recently subsidized 50,000 copies of a comic book that tries to demystify the disorder and uses superheroes to tell children, “Medicines may make it easier to pay attention and control your behavior!”
Profits for the A.D.H.D. drug industry have soared. Sales of stimulant medication in 2012 were nearly $9 billion, more than five times the $1.7 billion a decade before, according to the data company IMS Health.
Even Roger Griggs, the pharmaceutical executive who introduced Adderall in 1994, said he strongly opposes marketing stimulants to the general public because of their dangers. He calls them “nuclear bombs,” warranted only under extreme circumstances and when carefully overseen by a physician.
Psychiatric breakdown and suicidal thoughts are the most rare and extreme results of stimulant addiction, but those horror stories are far outnumbered by people who, seeking to study or work longer, cannot sleep for days, lose their appetite or hallucinate. More can simply become habituated to the pills and feel they cannot cope without them.”
When I first read the Christian Science…
By William H. Longstaff
From the November 27, 1954 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel
When I first read the Christian Science textbook, “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures” by Mary Baker Eddy, I was associated with the drug manufacturing industry and had a college degree as a pharmaceutical chemist. Science and Health presented a method of healing which reversed everything that I had learned in the study of pharmacy. Notwithstanding this reversal, it appeared to me that it gave a very logical and appealing presentation of Truth and that there was only one way to prove whether it was true—by applying its teachings. Through the twenty-five years which have followed I have found that Christian Science can be proved, for it heals when correctly applied.
Mrs. Eddy writes (Science and Health, p. 68), “At present mortals progress slowly for fear of being thought ridiculous.” That fear was one of the first things I had to meet, for our laboratories were located only a few blocks from the Church of Christ, Scientist, I had begun to attend, and many of our employees lived in that neighborhood. The argument came that my association with Christian Science would soon be known and that I would be the object of much ridicule and might be discharged. However, I regularly attended this church during the several years I remained with the pharmaceutical drug manufacturer, and never was I subjected to any ridicule. Eventually I was divinely led from an executive position in the drug industry to an executive position in the food industry with no reduction whatever in salary.
Before becoming interested in Christian Science I was examined by a board of medical examiners for overseas service in the Army. This board verified a previous medical diagnosis that I had an incurable condition of the heart. After I began the study of Christian Science I was again examined by a doctor, this time for life insurance. When he finished examining my heart he remarked with emphasis, “Your heart is absolutely normal.” This healing had taken place as the result of the general alterative effect of Truth, without any specific work.
Another healing which came to me was of the smoking habit. At first I was annoyed by the references in Science and Health to the use of tobacco and dismissed them as the prejudices of a New England woman of former days. Later I reached the place where I was willing to be healed, if it could be done without any conscious effort on my part; but no healing resulted. I then took my stand against the error with moral courage, and through the help of a Christian Science practitioner the healing was instantaneous.
After leaving the drug field I joined The Mother Church and a branch church. I also had the privilege of class instruction. For the many opportunities to participate in the activities of a branch church, including that of First Reader, I am grateful, I am also very grateful that Mrs. Eddy stood firm for Truth against the forces of error and was able to give to all mankind the great truths which are now available through Science and Health and which each of us can prove for himself.
—William H. Longstaff, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.