by Daryl Passmore From:The Sunday Mail (Qld) February 13, 2011 12:00AM
CHILDREN as young as one in state care are being given powerful ADHD drugs - against warnings from pharmaceutical companies.
Research by The Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian reveals that the rate of medication for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder among young people in foster homes is more than double that in the general population.
Even more alarming is that 7 per cent - one in 14 - children under the age of six in care is being prescribed the drugs despite advice they should not be given to people that young.
"It is particularly concerning to hear from carers that children as young as one year of age are being medicated for ADHD," said Children's Commissioner Elizabeth Fraser in a previously unreported study presented to Child Safety Minister Phil Reeves last September.
Youth Affairs Network of Queensland director Siyavash Dhoostkhah said both the Government and the commission were failing in their duty of care to vulnerable children.
"It's a scandal of the greatest level," he said.
"These young children are being treated as guinea pigs."
Some medications also carry a warning that they can raise the risk of suicidal thoughts. FULL STORY
Absolutely normal. The system does NOT care.