Fight For the Future

The President wants to make mental health screening of America’s children mandatory. But there is a hidden agenda:

The pharmaceutical industry has convinced President Bush to support mandatory mental-health screening for every child in America, including preschool children, and the industry is now working to convince Congress as well. But mandatory screening alone is not what the pharmaceutical industry wants. The real payoff for the drug companies is the forced drugging of children that will result.

Rep. Ron Paul (R-Tex.) will introduce an amendment this afternoon or tomorrow morning to the Labor, HHS, and Education Appropriations Act for FY 2005 that will withhold funds for this new federal mental health screening program.

Dr. Paul has written a letter to his congressional colleagues that reads in part, “As you know, psychotropic drugs are increasingly prescribed for children who show nothing more than children?s typical rambunctious behavior. Many children have suffered harmful effects from these drugs. Yet some parents have even been charged with child abuse for refusing to drug their children. The federal government should not promote national mental health screening programs that will force the use of these psychotropic drugs such as Ritalin.”

The issue of mental health screening has been crowded out of the news by the presidential campaign, Iraq, and the Scott Peterson trial, but it is arguably more important to you and I than any of those issues. Mandatory mental health screening for kids today, and for adults tomorrow (which, in fact, was recommended by the President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health: “Both children and adults will be screened for mental illnesses during their routine physical exams”).

Do we really want to give the government power to decide whether we and our children are sane? More ominously, do we want the goverment to force mental health “treatment” on us?

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