He's also looking at drug cocktails in adults who receive state-funded mental health care, and here's what he's found:
…the number of adults taking three are [sic] more psychiatric drugs increased by 68 percent within six months last year (5,544 adults to 9,328).
Wow, that’s quite a jump for a six-month period. Regarding the increase in meds for kids…
"I challenge anyone in the state of
or anyone who works for the Department of Community Health or any doctor to prove me wrong," Hansen said. "Step forward with the data and tell me, 'Ben Hansen, what you say is happening is not happening. Our children are not being targeted by the drug companies simply because once they're on these drugs, they are patients for life.' Believe me, I'd love to be wrong about this." Michigan
Last week, he was on the phone with a foster care caseworker who told him of a boy, who had acquired a twitch in his neck and was already on at least two prescription drugs. His doctor then prescribed Adderall (an anti-ADHD medicine) to quell the twitch, and the boy suddenly died
several days later. His caseworker suspected that drugs played a role, but shied away from the story when a reporter was mentioned.
Another interesting finding was that, in Michigan alone, almost 13,000 children on Medicaid or foster care were prescribed atypical antipsychotics (Risperdal, Zyprexa, Seroquel, etc.) last year.