Saturday, October 23, 2010
Reducing 'chemical restraint' of TYC youth
Reacting to an excellent recent investigative article published in Youth Today, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram has a story on TYC's recent decision to reduce use of psychotropic drugs among the youth in their care. The story opens:
The biggest concern is the off-label use of anti-psychotic drugs on youth who haven't been diagnosed with an illness that corresponds to their recommended use. Just 29% of TYC youth receiving those drugs had diagnoses justifying them, according to Youth Today. Good for Cherie Townsend for beginning to confront this practice before the Youth Today article was published. One hopes the article spurs the Commission to grab this bull by the horns and wrestle it to the ground. The idea of using such drugs as "chemical restraints" is a morally repugnant grotesquery.