Archives for May 2011

Creating juvenile zombies, Florida-style

Miami Herald By Fred Grimm They’re children of the new Florida ethic. Zombie kids warehoused on the cheap in the state’s juvenile lock-ups. Kept quiet, manageable and addled senseless by great dollops of anti-psychotic drugs. A relatively small percentage of young inmates pumped full of pills actually suffer from the serious psychiatric disorders that the […]

End juvenile injustices

Palm Beach Post By Rhonda Swan New Florida Department of Juvenile Justice Secretary Wansley Walters is right to examine the department\’s use of antipsychotic medications following a Palm Beach Post investigation showing that children in DJJ care are being plied with heavy doses of the powerful drugs. \”We will look at everything that surrounds this […]

Jailed juveniles’ doctors draw Medicaid inquiry

Palm Beach Post Jailed juveniles’ doctors draw Medicaid inquiry By Michael LaForgia May 25, 2011 The state Attorney General’s Office is looking into whether doctors who have contracted with Florida’s Juvenile Justice Department committed Medicaid fraud while working for the state. Attorney General Pam Bondi’s office is contacting Juvenile Justice and other agencies to gather […]

Huge doses of potent antipsychotics flow into state jails for troubled kids

Palm Beach Post By Michael LaForgia Florida has plied children in state juvenile jails with heavy doses of powerful antipsychotic medications. The pills, widely viewed as the \”big guns\” of psychiatry, can cause suicidal thoughts and other dangerous side effects. Yet, in state-run jails and residential programs, antipsychotics were among the top drugs bought for […]

Dosed in juvie jail: Drug firms pay state-hired doctors

Palm Beach Post By Michael LaForgia In Florida\’s juvenile jails, psychiatrists entrusted with diagnosing and prescribing drugs for wayward children have taken huge speaker fees from drug makers – companies that profit handsomely when doctors put kids on antipsychotic pills. The psychiatrists were hired by a state juvenile justice system that has plied kids with […]

Psychiatrist license suspended

Sun Sentinel Autism doctor operating in Florida has Maryland license suspended Maryland regulators have suspended the medical license of a doctor whose South Florida office treats autistic children with a chemical castration drug, calling the treatment unproven and a potential danger. Dr. Mark Geier opened a small Tamarac office of his multi-state ASD Centers about […]

Stevie Nicks: “My Biggest Mistake”

NewsWeek My Favorite Mistake: Stevie Nicks by Stevie Nicks May 1, 2011 The biggest mistake I ever made was giving in to my friends and going to see a psychiatrist. It was in the mid-1980s, and I had just gotten out of Betty Ford. I was feeling buoyant and saved and fantastic. But everyone said, […]