This from the Daily Mail today.
"Post-mortem tests on his body found the level of anti-depressant drugs found in his system were above the normal therapeutic level for adults."
Once again a young life taken. Once again the victim of suicide. Once again the British drug regulator, the MHRA, have failed to safeguard human health.
The inquest into this poor 10 year old boy, who was prescribed Ritalin for "ADHD" and an antidepressant [believed to be Prozac] found that he was being bullied and, as a result, was self-harming.
The Daily Mail writes:
Harry Hucknall was a 'troubled boy' who had suffered at the hands of bullies but he did not commit suicide, an inquest into his death was told.
Post-mortem tests on his body found the level of anti-depressant drugs found in his system were above the normal therapeutic level for adults.
The coroner, Ian Smith said he did not criticise their prescription in Harry's circumstances, nor did he argue that the drugs should not be used by children, but he pointed out that doctors must be 'extremely careful' in prescribing powerful drugs to 10-year-olds.
I guess that's a start, a coroner speaking out against the power of these drugs.
He added, "We as a society quite rightly try to stop children dabbling in street drugs and yet a child with this label of ADHD is prescribed, under supervision, mind-altering drugs of a very powerful nature - the full consequences of which I still do not believe are fully understood.
"It is very difficult to speculate how these two drugs could affect Harry's mental state. It seems very much to me that these drugs and their levels and the measurement of those levels are still a work in progress from the point of medical science."
Well, Mr Smith, do your homework and you will find that there is no medical science to ADHD, furthermore the drug Ritalin is being dished out to kids as young as 4 here in the UK, probably much younger if truth be known.
Quite why this poor child was prescribed both Ritalin and Prozac is a mystery, to me at least. Here we have two very powerful drugs, two drugs that adults find hard to tolerate, two drugs whose history shows a long list of suicidal acts. Benefits outweigh the risks, huh?
If, as coroner, Ian Smith suggests, "...these drugs and their levels and the measurement of those levels are still a work in progress..." then God help the children who are part of that 'work in progress'.
Don't expect the MHRA to intervene...they are too busy back-slapping one another for cracking down on people selling fake Viagra - thus saving their paymasters wads of cash.
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