BY SALVATORE PIZZURO
The administration of psychotropic medication to school children continues on a massive scale. A recent cable television interview of a young man who took Ritalin against his will provided an example of the dangerous result of the involuntary administration of such a drug. The young man indicated that the drug “nearly ruined my life”. He discontinued the medication as a young teen and warns families about the side effects of such drugs.
Jim Gottstein, a Graduate of Harvard Law School and the founder and Executive Director of the Law Project for Psychiatric Rights (or PSYCH-RIGHTS), a national civil rights advocacy group and Think Tank, has fought against having such medication prescribed for children. In addition, Gottstein suggests that the wide-spread prescription of such drugs constitutes “Medicaid Fraud”. According to Gottstein: