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Eagle Forum Alert
December 7, 2006

Protect Children From Forced Drugging

Urge Senate to Pass the Child Medication Safety Act this week!

The lame duck Congress has decided not to deal with the federal budget bills including the mental health screening issues. This is good news! The Members now have time to work on other important pro-family measures, such as the Child Medication Safety Act (H.R. 1790) which would protect families from being coerced into administering psychotropic medications that are on the controlled substances list to their children in order to attend school. These are the Ritalin class of drugs used to treat ADHD, the most common psychiatric label given to children.

Sponsored by Senator James Inhofe (R-OK), this bill has already passed the House by the overwhelming majority of 407-12 in November of 2005. It is similar to the legislation that passed Congress in 2004, called the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act, which protects students in special education from this same kind of forced drugging.

Concern and speculation has surfaced recently over the so-called "disorders" that these drugs are supposed to treat. After information regarding the dangers and the lack of effectiveness of such forced drugging was presented before Congress, numerous studies have confirmed the claims of the testimonials. They have revealed that there are many other reasons for behavior and learning disorders that do not require medication. Even the FDA has strengthened its warnings on these drugs, finally acknowledging that they cause dependency and addiction, even sudden death!

This bill is supported by a broad spectrum of groups, including the NAACP, and its passage is crucial in protecting some of our most vulnerable fellow Americans — our children! We need your help to get this passed before the end of this Congressional session!


Take Action

    Call the Senate leadership today (Senators Frist, Reid, McConnell, and Durbin) and urge them to PASS the Child Medication Safety Act before they adjourn!


Capitol Switchboard: (202) 224-3121


Further Reading: Parents Worry About Prescription Drugs, Too


 
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