Thousands Protest Against the 'New War on Drugs' - Legal Psychiatric Labels, Experiments and Drug Use on Kids

May 11, 2000, 01:00 ET from Citizens Commission on Human Rights

    The following is being issued by Citizens Commission on Human Rights:
     WHAT:  CHICAGO -- Thousands will gather to protest the American
            Psychiatric Association's (APA) annual conference in Chicago,
            Illinois, next Saturday, May 13.  Protesters charge that the APA
            invented and promoted fraudulent child "mental disorders" which
            have led to the wholesale drugging of millions of normal American
            schoolchildren and toddlers.  The "War on Drugs" has taken on new
            meaning, as national media focuses on a growing epidemic and
            crisis: the legal drugging of children with mind-altering
            psychiatric drugs.
     WHY:   Children are being diagnosed with mental disorders such as
            Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) which medical
            experts say have no biologic/organic or scientific validity.
            Parents are not informed of this nor warned about the potential
            risks of psychiatric stimulants prescribed for "ADHD," including:
            stunted growth, loss of appetite, addiction, and violent and
            suicidal tendencies -- and even death.  NBC Chicago recently
            uncovered reports from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of
            one psychiatric stimulant drug which has had 1334 adverse reactions
            reported in the past 15 months alone, including convulsions, tics,
            drug dependence, heart ailments, and death.  It reported 51 cases
            where a stimulant was suspected of taking a role in the patient's
            In March, there was public outcry and national media over a Journal
            of American Medical Association (JAMA) study which revealed the use
            of antidepressants and stimulants in 2 to 4-year olds had doubled
            and tripled between 1991 and 1995.  The National Institute of
            Mental Health (NIMH) announced it would indulge psychiatry with
            another $6 million for a 5 year study on stimulant use in
            preschoolers, an announcement that enraged parents as "morally
            Psychiatric diagnoses have infested our education system, with
            normal childhood behavior being redefined as mental disorders.
            Across the country, parents are reporting that schools are being
            turned into mental health clinics where their children have become
            a target for profitable psychiatric diagnoses and, consequently,
            parents have been pressured -- indeed, threatened -- to put their
            kids on mind-altering drugs.
     WHEN:  On Saturday, May 13, protesters will begin marching at 11:00 am,
            leaving from Federal Plaza (S. Dearborn and W. Adams Streets) and
            marching to the Chicago Hilton and back again.  After the march, a
            concert and speakers will begin at 1:00 p.m. (to 2:00 p.m.) at
            Federal Plaza.
     WHO:   Speakers include Dr. Fred Baughman, Jr., a pediatric neurologist;
            Dr. Julian Whitaker, head of the Whitaker Wellness Institute, and
            Dr. Roberts Simonds, President of Citizens for Excellence in
            Education, the largest Christian parents association in the U.S.
            Parents who were forced to put their child on mind-altering drugs,
            and who were recently featured on the CBS Evening News with Dan
            Rather, will also speak.  The rally is being organized by the
            Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR), a psychiatric watchdog,
            established by the Church of Scientology in 1969 to investigate
            abuses in the mental health field.
     INTERVIEWS:  Spokespeople will be available for media interviews at
                  Federal Plaza starting at 1:00 p.m.  Contact Marla Filidei at

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