No organization has done more to protect children from abuses committed under the guise of “mental health” than CCHR, including the passage of state and federal laws protecting children from being forced to take psychiatric drugs, restrictions implemented on the electroshocking of children, as well as international public awareness campaigns informing parents of their rights, and much more. The following is a brief list of CCHR’s accomplishments in its Fight For Kids campaign:
Federal Law Passed Prohibiting Schools from Forcing Parents to Drug their Child as a Condition of Attending School:
CCHR spearheaded a national campaign on parents being coerced/pressured or forced to give their children psychiatric drugs as a condition of attending school or face charges of “medical neglect.” Parents were contacting CCHR for assistance after being threatened with having their children taken away by Child Protective Services for refusal to drug their children. With the assistance of CCHR, these parents were featured in the national media and brought to Washington, D.C., where they were able to relate these incidents to Congress and testify before Congressional committees. As a direct result, a federal bill was introduced and passed into law, The Prohibition on Mandatory Medication Amendment, which prohibited schools from requiring a parent administer a psychiatric drug to their child as a condition of attending school.
11 State Laws Passed Protecting Parental Rights:
CCHR’s work with state legislators lead to the passage of similar parental rights protections in 11 states, including the strongest Parental Rights bill to date in New Mexico. Working directly with CCHR, New Mexico State Legislator Nora Espinoza introduced a bill in 2015 which not only stipulates no child can be force drugged as a condition of attending school, but that no mental screening can be conducted on a child without full parental consent, and that no government entity can remove a child from their parent’s custody when the parent refuses to administer a psychiatric drug to their child.
Documented Numbers of Children on Psychiatric Drugs Obtained and Exposed:
CCHR obtained and disclosed the most accurate and documented data available on psychiatric drug usage in the United States, which included the number of children being drugged in the U.S. (prompting national media to report on these alarming statistics). Using this data, and citing the source, CCHR exposed the number of Americans being prescribed psychiatric drugs, including the more than 622,000 0-5 year olds being prescribed these drugs in the U.S. alone. By distributing this data online, many media outlets subsequently ran these statistics, citing or referencing the statistics brought to light by CCHR.
Psychiatric Drug Database Launched:
With nearly 7.2 million children prescribed psychiatric drugs in the United States alone—622,723 between the ages 0-5—CCHR took its commitment to inform and protect the public to a new level and painstakingly created the definitive guide to documented psychiatric drug side effects. This entailed taking over 400,000 official FDA adverse reaction reports (MedWatch Reports), 553 international drug regulatory agency warnings and 409 studies and summarizing the very complex information into an easy, user-friendly database for consumers, researchers and policy makers.
Electroshock Restrictions on Children:
The American Psychiatric Association (APA) has requested that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which regulates the ECT device, allow them to broaden their use of electroshock on children and adolescents. In a letter to the FDA, the APA states, “Having access to a rapid and effective treatment such as ECT is especially meaningful in children and adolescents.
As no one knows how many children are currently being electroshocked, CCHR International exclusively obtained state records showing at least 19 U.S. states are currently electroshocking children, and in seven of those states, children aged 0-5 are being electroshocked. By exporting these documents to state legislators, CCHR has already garnered the support of 5 states which wish to ban this brutal practice on children.
Working with the Western Australian government, not only was the use of ECT banned on children younger than 14, it also imposed a criminal fine and two-years’ imprisonment should it be administered to them.
United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child:
The United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child responded to reports from CCHR Finland, Australia and Denmark, expressing concerns that ADHD and ADD “are being misdiagnosed and therefore psycho-stimulant drugs are being over-prescribed, despite growing evidence of the harmful effects of these drugs.” The Committee recommended, “other forms of management and treatment be used as much as possible to address these behavioral disorders.”
Parents—Know Your Rights:
Because parents are being told their child has a “mental disorder” and needs “medication” but are not being given all the facts about these psychiatric labels (mental disorders) or the drugs being prescribed to ‘treat’ their children, CCHR created its online Parents Know Your Rights campaign (website and videos) which has educated millions around the world.
CCHR also obtained and disclosed the documented number of children being drugged in the U.S. (prompting national media to report these numbers as well).
Exposing Restraint Deaths and Enacting Federal Regulations:
CCHR helped uncover and expose that up to 150 restraint deaths occur in psychiatric facilities each year in the U.S. alone, with nearly 10% of these being children, some as young as six. Federal regulations were passed in 1999 that prohibited the use of physical and chemical (mind-altering drugs) restraints to coerce or discipline patients.
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