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Insane in the Membrane

Since the FDA approved Prozac in 2003 to minors (children at least 8 years old), the pharmaceutical industry has capitalized on a new generation of potential patients. Federal Health Department figures reveal that children as young as two are being prescribed anti-depressants, with alarming increases in the numbers of prescriptions of the controversial drugs in the 2-6, a Read More

What will happen

I know a lot of addicts. These addicts aren't my clients or patients, they are my friends. There is a correlation, most likely a causation, between early introduction into prescription medication and drug addiction. Many of my addict friends started out with a Xanax or Prozac prescription. When children and young adults are prescribed pills to make them feel better and calmer it's not that big of a stretch for them to migrate to illegal medication to feel better and calmer.

I have drug addict friends that no longer take drugs. When they visit my home they want to know where the aspirin, Tylenol and ibuprofen is because they have pain or a headache. I've had to tell them to bring their own rather than dwindle my supply. Early pill poppers become lifelong pill poppers, legal, illegal and over the counter. I'm sure nobody is informing the parents of these "depressed" tots about this.

thanks for giving me this

thanks for giving me this insight…will keep it in mind when working with young clients.

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Sam Louie is a therapist with a private practice in Seattle specializing in multicultural issues and sexual addiction.
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