Probe mental-health issues

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I would like to applaud a recent letter regarding prescription drugs vs. gun control (“Don’t scapegoat autism,” Dec. 29). If more attention is given to the amount of prescription drugs given to children and young adults, perhaps there would be fewer with emotional and psychological problems.

Gun control is not the solution to these killings. It is the mental stability of the gun holder. If the government is anxious to stop needless killings, a focus needs to be placed on mental-health issues, many of which are created by prescription drugs. Reading the side effects of some of these drugs is scary, and the addiction to them as well. Taking the guns away is by far not the answer.

Kids need to be taught discipline. Don’t just throw them on drugs. There are way too many prescription drugs being prescribed to children and young adults. I wonder if it is for the profit.

Emily P. Kitchens


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shrimp for breakfast
shrimp for breakfast 01/04/13 - 05:36 am
yes Emily I believe it is for profit

We live in a society where there is a "pill for all your ills". The bad thing is that every drug no matter what it is has side effects. I'm not talking about 1 or 2 because if you look at the piece of paper you get with your prescription and see the side effects part you'll notice it's a long paragraph with dozens of side effects.
If your kid is acting up then give him a pill. If your child is not doing well in school then give him a pill. Can't concentrate? There's a pill for that.
Pharmacutical companies make more money than the oil industries and have more lobbyists that extras in a Tarzan movie.
What is the answer? I'm not sure but refusing to put your child on medication unless they absolutely need it is a start.

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