Target: Michael R. Taylor, Deputy Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration
Goal: Don’t allow psychiatric drugs to be given to toddlers and infants.
Toddlers and infants are being prescribed anti-depressants, anti-anxiety drugs, and ADHD drugs in shocking numbers. Powerful drugs such as Prozac and Xanax are being given to children from a just few months old to three years old and none can say what the long-term side effects will be as there have been almost no studies on the effect of these drugs in children. These drugs are not meant for long-term use in most adults, let alone in children with developing minds. Something must be done to stop this insane practice before an entire generation of children can be affected.
Powerful psychiatric drugs should be a last resort in all cases and most psychiatrists discourage their use in a majority of their patients. They have proven to be ineffective at treating long-term depression and anxiety and only control the symptoms. There is also evidence linking the use of anti-depressants to suicide in adolescents.
These drugs are not effective, not suggested for use in most adults, and can lead to suicidal tendencies, so why are they being given to toddlers and infants? Behavior control. Statistics show that an overwhelming number of the children being given these drugs are in welfare systems and foster care systems. Is it more likely that a one year old has anxiety or that its caregivers don’t have the time or resources to control them?
Something must be done to combat this growing trend. Prescriptions of this nature are not meant for children of any age, especially not those under the age of eighteen. Please sign below to demand that the head of the Food and Drug Administration stop these drugs from getting to children.
Dear Mr. Taylor,
It has come to my attention that doctors are prescribing powerful psychiatric drugs to toddlers and infants. This practice is unacceptable and must be discontinued immediately. I know that you do not have control over every doctor that prescribes drugs to patients, but if these drugs are making their way into the bodies of children, something must be done to regulate them better. I am writing to demand that you place restrictions on anti-anxiety medication, anti-depressants, and ADHD medication that disallows their prescription to children under a certain age.
As there have been very few studies on the effects of these drugs on children, let alone on infants and toddlers, the long-term consequences of these prescriptions is unknown. It is well known however that these drugs are not an effective treatment on their own and only serve to treat the symptoms of anxiety or depression. For these reasons, and the mere fact that diagnosing a child under two years of age with depression is ridiculous, I am demanding that new regulations be put in place. Please take action before any more children are harmed.
[Your Name Here]
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