Last week I wrote about the tragic suicide of 10 year old Harry Hucknall. Post-mortem tests found that Harry, who hanged himself, found the level of anti-depressant drugs found in his system were above the normal therapeutic level for adults. Those drugs were Prozac and and Ritalin.
Peter Hitchin, who writes a column in the Daily Mail, hit the nail on the head with his thoughts regarding Harry Hucknall.
Let us hope and pray that some good comes from the unbearable death of ten-year-old Harry Hucknall, found hanged at his Cumbria home last September. Somebody had ‘diagnosed’ this little boy with clinical depression and ‘ADHD’ and had prescribed an anti-depressant and Ritalin. The poor child had been horribly bullied at school.
His parents were separated. He had moved home 14 times. It is hardly surprising that he was unhappy. Why on earth would anyone think that drugs were the answer?
West Cumbria Coroner Ian Smith said that Harry had been given ‘two powerful, mind-altering drugs’. He urged doctors to be ‘extremely careful in prescribing such medication’. I congratulate him on his understatement.
Harry’s case became known because his cousin is a rock star. How many other tragedies like this are going unreported? We are long overdue for a proper inquiry into the prescribing of such drugs, especially to children. Let it come soon, please.
I can only echo Hitchin's sentiments here. Maybe he should contact the MHRA and ask them what they plan to do about this wanton abuse of children. Then again, Hitchin probably already knows the incompetence of the MHRA to regulate. As one friend put it, "They couldn't organise a piss-up in a brewery"
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