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CCHR Says New Mental Health Study on College Age Students Misleading
Date:12/24/2008

en hear: 'there are 10 million Americans with this, 3 million Americans with that. If you start adding up all those millions, eventually you'll be hard put to find some Americans who don't have such diagnoses." The report also revealed that the DSM process "has no formal safeguards to prevent researchers with drug-company ties from participating in decisions of interest to their sponsors."

According to the Office of National Drug Policy website, prescription drugs, including psychiatric drugs, "account for the second most commonly abused category of drugs, behind marijuana and ahead of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, and other drugs." It also states that two of the most highly abused classes of prescription drugs are central nervous system (CNS) depressants, "such as barbiturates and benzodiazepines (Klonopin, Xanax)," and stimulants, "such as dextroamphetamine (Dexedrine) and methylphenidate (Concerta, Ritalin)." Moreover, the website says approximately 50 million Americans aged 12 or older reported non-medical use of any psychotherapeutic at some point in their lifetimes, while nearly 7 million Americans aged 12 or older reported current use of psychotherapeutic drugs for non-medical purposes, representing 2.8 percent of the population.

Despite this alarming trend in the field of mental health, the promotion of psychiatric drugs has reached beyond labeling patients with mental or behavioral disorders. A commentary appeared in the journal Nature, including two authors from the psychiatric field with ties to the drug industry, attempted to use psychiatric prescription drug abuse statistics to advocate the use of drugs for healthy individuals. The article included statistics for a mental health survey that estimated nearly
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