Friday, August 15, 2008

Better Living through Chemistry

Why deal with unruly children when you can just drug them? Especially if they're not your kids in the first place. At least, that's what Texas appears to be thinking.

A scary study of Texas children with Medicaid coverage shows that prescription medications are being used on children without completing tests to establish their safety and effectiveness.

Three times as many children in foster care were on psychotropic medication to alter their behavior or emotions than comparable children. I'm sure that this just gets aggravated when they have to go to emergency rooms.

So I guess that the official stance of the Texas state government is just to drug these kids into complacency until they do something that warrants the death penalty.

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