Mexico and U.S. Share Resolve in Ending
Parents join Mexico's legislative leaders in speaking out against forced
drugging of school children; legislative protections being pursued
National legislators in Mexico and concerned parent groups are saying "No!" to
drugs that are being habitually forced on the nation's school children.
Mexican legislators propose measures to ban mandatory psychiatric drugging of the nation's school children. Leading the charge for government action is Citizens Commission on Human Rights' Latin American public affairs director Dr. Margarita Gonzales.
Members of the Mexican House of Representatives, spurred by actions taken
by the LA-based Citizens Commission on Human Rights
(CCHR) International over the past year to document the state of psychiatric
misdiagnoses of "learning disorders," are calling for an investigation into the
excessive use of psychiatric drugs in their school system. Many are saying that
this tragedy is fast approaching the scope of the U.S. child-drugging epidemic.
"It is an outrageous situation when you find that amphetamine-like drugs prescribed
for questionable 'diagnoses' of 'Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder' [ADHD],
are drugs which pack the same level of potency as cocaine, yet they are used on
a primary client base constituted of children," says Dr. Margarita Gonzales, a
pediatrician who heads the Latin American public affairs department of CCHR International
Dr. Gonzales points out that sales of these psycho-stimulants have increased
more than 800% — from one million pesos in 1993 (US $320,000) to 27 million pesos
(US $3 million) in 1998. She and other human rights advocates draw a chilling
parallel to the United States, where sales of stimulants for ADHD have increased
665% percent in the last decade and reached $1.3 billion in 2002.
"How is that allowed to happen?" Her rhetorical question is perhaps answered,
at least in part by CCHR's "Psychiatry Exposed" exhibit, which she helped to open
in September at the federal House of Representatives in Mexico City and at Monterrey's
"Casa de la Cultura." There, Congressman Benjamin Valesquez, Federal Deputy of
Cohuila, while co-hosting the opening, stated, "The exhibit explains the historical
roots behind society's current acceptance of potentially dangerous drugs as a
solution for a child's problems. One stimulant... which is commonly prescribed
in Mexico [for ADHD], has been classified by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration
as potentially addictive and as abusive as morphine, opium and cocaine. Children
need education, not mind-numbing psychotropic medication."
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Congressman Valesquez is joined by Rep. Enrique Villa Preciado, President of
the government's Commission on Attention to Vulnerable Groups, and Federal legislator
Arturo de la Garza Tejeirina, in heading up support for a nationwide investigation
into the psychiatric child drugging in Mexican schools.
Dr. Gonzales, upon her return from Mexico, told Freedom that Mexican parents,
like their American counterparts, have been forced to place their child on a psycho-stimulant
as a requisite for their remaining in school. She, Valesquez and others are therefore
calling for legislative protections similar to those recently approved by the
U.S. House of Representatives in the Child Medication Safety Act of 2003, which
passed by a vote of 425 to 1 last May. The American bill is currently with the
U.S. Senate for final passage.