Fifty years ago today, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. made the famous "I have a dream" speech on the steps of the Lincoln memorial. It has gone down as one of the most memorable and crucial moments in the history of our country. I have listened to the speech in it's entirety and I doubt King could have ever dreamed the current state of our health today. I read an article today on the website http://www.anh-usa.org titled "Medicaid is Drowning Our Kids in Toxic Psychiatric Drugs!" And let me tell you, it is sickening. According to the article; "The number of children on Medicaid taking antipsychotic drugs has tripled in just ten years—and shockingly, many of them are under the age of three." I'm sure when King envisioned kids of all races holding hands and playing in the same playground he didn't envision them doped up on drugs.
" The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is launching an investigation into the over-prescription of antipsychotics to children on Medicaid, and has already asked all fifty states to provide more oversight of these prescriptions. Medicaid more than doubled the amount it spent on antipsychotic drugs between 1999 and 2008 (the last year for which data is available), and now spends $3.8 billion on antipsychotics, more than any other class of drugs."
You can read the full article here http://www.anh-usa.org/medicaid-psychiatric-drugs/. We are drugging our children to death! Over prescribed because they won't sit still. If a kid can sit still for 8 hours a day, there might be something wrong with that kid. This is hardly the dream King envisioned. We are not free if we are dependent on prescription drugs. And with the rise of prescribing to kids under the age of three, what do you think that is setting their lives up to be like? They are going to on drugs their entire life!
The US is 5 percent of the population, yet we consume 73% of the world's drugs! Re read that if that didn't knock you out of your chair. In a recent Mayo clinic study, researchers determined that nearly 70 percent of Americans are on at least one prescription drug, and over 50 percent are on two or more, and 20 percent on 5 or more! We are not free... We have cam a long one since King's speech, but we are not done... I have a dream for America, and it's to not be used as money makers for pharmaceutical
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