Teenscreen exposed as pharma marketing ploy — (The Daily Kenoshan)

SSRI Ed note: Teenscreen program pushed by pharma because it increases the number of kids put on antidepressants, despite increased risk of suicide.

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The Daily Kenoshan

Monday, 19 February 2007 06:52

The school administration made the correct decision in refusing to allow TeenScreen into our school district and they should be applauded
The facts are these:

1. TeenScreen has major pharmaceutical ties on its advisory board. See here for advisory board: http://www.teenscreen.org/cms/content/view/19/47/

See here for the pharma connections: http://www.teenscreentruth.com/Teenscreen_Advisory_Board.htm

2. NAMI, who pushed TeenScreen locally receives millions of dollars in pharmaceutical company funding. See attached federal lawsuit and this story: http://www.motherjones.com/news/feature/1999/11/nami.html?welcome=true ?

3. According to reports obtained from the Kenosha medical examiner (I have all these reports and you are welcome to peruse them.) on kids who committed suicide in Kenosha County since the year 2000 and without doing a single interview to obtain more information and without extensive toxicology texting, it was found that:
A. One case had an insufficient specimen submitted to perfrom the requested drug testing.
B. 53% had attempted suicide previously or had expressed suicidal ideation previously.
C. 53% had psychiatric drugs mentioned in the reports.
D. 66% had any type of drug mentioned in the reports.

E. 80% had expressed suicidal ideation, previously attempted suicide or had been on drugs.

4. Antipsychotic drugs are not approved by the Food and Drug Administration for children (see attached drug labeling on the 5 atypical antipsychotics); the FDA’s “black box warning” http://www.fda.gov/cder/drug/antidepressants/SSRIlabelChange.htm states antidepressants increase the risk of suicidal thinking and behavior in children and adolescents with psychiatric disorders; and drug safety experts have recommended additional “black box” warnings be placed on ADHD drugs: for the increased risk of stroke and heart attack. http://www.ahrp.org/cms/content/view/76/28/

5. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force says there is no evidence that screening for suicide reduces suicide attempts. http://www.ahrq.gov/clinic/3rduspstf/suicide/suiciderr.htm

6.. 24% of the kids referred by TeenScreen wind up on medication – see attached TeenScreen document entitled “24 per cent” That is what TeenScreen themselves say. It could even be higher than that.

The above items are not my opinion or my viewpoint on things.  They are indisputable facts and I have provided you with the documents proving each point (except the M.E. reports which you are welcome to review.)

This is my opinion: The solution if there is one is to not put more kids on drugs as TeenScreen admits would happen. The FDA says these drugs can produce suicidal ideation. The solution that should be considered is an information campagin to fully inform parents on the FDA warnings on psychiatric drugs. In addition,?more in depth toxicology testing and reporting should be done to see if the percentage is even higher.

Lisa Loring

Additional documentation is available if you are interested. Please contact me on this site if you would like more information.