CCHR Warns Parents of the Danger of Psychiatric Drugs

As the new school year begins, Citizens Commission on Human Rights of Sacramento warns parents of the need to educate themselves about a potential threat to their children's survival.

CCHR Exhibit

It may be the start of the school year for children across the country, but the Sacramento chapter of Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) is focusing on parents—educating them about their rights and warning them of the dangers of administering psychiatric drugs to their children. 

CCHR, a nonprofit, nonpolitical mental health watchdog group, brought its traveling exhibit to Old Sacramento to reach thousands of parents with their message.

According to local CCHR executive director Jim Van Hill, “Parents regularly reach out to us because they are being urged to put their kids on these dangerous drugs, often by school personnel.”

With more than 400 international drug regulatory agency warnings that psychiatric drugs can cause dangerous and potentially life-threatening effects, Van Hill said parents are right to be concerned. Psychotropic drugs have been shown to double the risk of suicide and aggression in children and can result in other serious side effects such as diabetes, depression, mania, irregular heartbeat, obesity and even brain shrinkage.

“When a psychiatrist or doctor prescribes such dangerous drugs for a child, it’s natural to think there is a good reason for it,” said Van Hill.  However, even the American Psychological Association admits that no blood test or x-ray exists for diagnosing depression. And, a study cited in ResearchGate by Dr. Camillo Gualtieri, a board certified psychiatrist in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, states diagnosis of ADHD is "largely, if not exclusively, on subjective assessments."

“It‘s like going to the doctor with severe pain,” Van Hill continued, “and, based on symptoms alone, the doctor starts treating you for cancer using chemical treatments without confirming the disease with medical tests.”

Drugs with black box warnings are currently being prescribed to over 8.4 million children and adolescents in the United States alone. According to the IMS, Vector One: National (VONA) and Total Patient Tracker (TPT) Database, from 2008 to 2013 this included more than 1 million children age 0 to 5.

CCHR cautions parents to know their rights and arm themselves with the documented facts. Federal law (Title 20 of United States Code: Chapter 33, Subchapter II, ASSISTANCE FOR EDUCATION OF ALL CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES § 1412, State Eligibility) prohibits school personnel from requiring parents to drug their child as a requisite for attending school.

“If they need help, parents should call us at (916) 447-4599,” said Van Hill, “or visit our”

Citizens Commission on Human Rights is a nonprofit charitable mental health watchdog cofounded in 1969 by the Church of Scientology and professor of psychiatry Dr. Thomas Szasz. It is dedicated to eradicating psychiatric abuse and ensuring patient protection.

With headquarters in Los Angeles, California, CCHR International guides a global human rights advocacy network of some 180 chapters across 34 nations. CCHR Commissioners include physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, lawyers, legislators, government officials, educators and civil rights representatives.


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