Peter Breggin has a new post up on Huffington Post. I must agree with him.
Alaska attorney Jim Gottstein has taken the bull by the horns. It’s a bull of many terrifying shapes and forms. First and foremost, it is the raging bull of the Psychopharmaceutical Complex that is goring America’s children. It’s also the rampaging state government bull that everywhere runs roughshod over the children in its custody and care. And then it’s the “bull” handed out by drug companies and organized psychiatry to justify using drugs to suppress the behavior of children.
Jim Gottstein’s Law Project for Psychiatric Rights (PsychRights.org) has gone to court to stop the drugging of Alaska’s children. Before they are given psychiatric drugs, Jim wants the following standards to be met:
(1) That proven psychosocial interventions have been exhausted.
(2) That the benefits of the drug outweigh the risks.
(3) That those authorizing the prescriptions are fully informed about the risks and benefits, and the alternatives.
(4) That the children are thoroughly monitored, including for side effects. (read the rest here of this important article here)
This is not the first time Jim Gottstein has been a hero. He put his career at risk over the Zyprexa debacle a couple of years ago. And he is also the founder of the new Soteria House in Alaska.