Last week, The Post reported that more than 145,000 city children struggle with mental illness or other emotional problems. That estimate, courtesy of New York’s Health Department, equals an amazing 1 in 5 kids. Could that possibly be true?
Recently some of the nation’s top researchers, clinicians and scientists convened in Washington D.C. for the first annual Selling Sickness conference–examining how Pharma “sells” diseases to move the medications intended to treat them. Examples of Pharma’s disease-mongering business model abound, especially since direct-to-consumer advertising began in the late 1990′s.
Dan Jenski, a thirty-something generation Yer or “millennial”, has issues with the mental health diagnosis of his generation and the use and abuse of prescription mind-altering drugs.
As part of the generation that grew up with easy access to computers, instant internet connections and smart phones, Jenski is utilizing those tech savvy skills to raise awareness thru film about the mental health abuse he personally witnessed and the toll it took on his generation.
Where do parents and teachers get the idea there’s “something wrong” with their kid and only an expensive drug can fix it? From Pharma’s seamless web of ads, subsidized doctors, journals, medical courses and conferences, paid “patient” groups, phony public services messages and reporters willing to serve as stenographers.
A recent article posted in the Wall Street Journal posed the question, “Are ADHD Medications Overprescribed?” Is that a rhetorical question? 5 million children are currently taking ADHD drugs in the U.S. alone.