CCHR Helps New Mexico Legislature Prevent Drugging of School Kids

by | Aug 26, 2015

Child with DrugsApril 7th, 2015 was a landmark day for parents and school kids in the state of New Mexico.
On that day Governor Susana Martinez signed into law The Child Medication Safety Act. The new law strikes at the heart of psychiatric drugging of school children.
SECTION 1 of the law states that schools cannot deny any student access to any school program or services because the parent or guardian refuses to place the student on psychotropic medication.
It states that “an employee or agent of a school district or governing body shall not compel or attempt to compel any specific actions by the parent or guardian or require that a student take a psychotropic medication.”
It also states “School personnel shall not require a student to undergo psychological screening unless the parent or guardian of that student gives prior written consent before each instance of psychological screening.”
SECTION 2. States “A child shall not be taken into protective custody solely on the grounds that the child’s parent, guardian or custodian refuses to consent to the administration of a psychotropic medication to the child.”
How was this Stunning Victory Achieved?
Back in January of 2012 CCHR New Mexico arranged an exhibit in the state capitol building in Santa Fe called the “Industry of Death” that graphically portrayed the history, agenda and current practices of psychiatry.
After seeing the exhibit, A NM State Senator named Sue Wilson Beffort had a legislative lawyer reach out to CCHR NM for more statistics and information on psychiatric drugs and once she had all the facts she sponsored a resolution in the NM Senate for “Investigating and addressing the deleterious effects of overmedication on children in the state.”
Her bill calling for the investigation presented plenty of facts and statistics:

  • Estimated 19,786,649 children worldwide on psychiatric drugs
  • Estimated 8,400,000 children in the US on psychiatric drugs including 2,500,000 on stimulants, 2,000,000 on antidepressants, 2,500,000 on anti-psychotics and 1,400,000 on mood stabilizers
  • In the face of enormous societal pressure to prescribe psychiatric drugs for children, parents have the right to be fully informed about the consequences of their children taking psychiatric drugs in order that they may decide what is right for their children
  • The American psychological association reports: many Americans visit their primary-care physicians and . . . walk away with a prescription for an antidepressant or other drugs without being aware of other evidence-based treatments — such as cognitive behavioral therapy (basically talking with and listening to the child)— that might work better for them without the risk of side effects..

Sen. Beffort also pointed out what experts in the field had to say.

  • Bruce Perry, a Senior Fellow at the Child Trauma Academy whose work is well known in New Mexico has said that the actual evidence to support off-label use of anti-psychotic drugs on kids is “scant to non-existent”.
  • 31 regulatory agencies in eight countries have issued warnings relating to drugs used for treating attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, linking these drugs to suicidal ideation and behavior, violence, aggression, agitation, anxiety, depression, heart attacks, strokes, sudden death, drug addiction and abuse, hallucinations, convulsions, hostility, weight changes, disturbed sleep and seizures
  • Sydney Walker, a medical doctor, observes that creative or intelligent children become bored and will not focus — they fidget, wiggle, scratch, stretch and start looking for ways to get into trouble — and thousands of them are put on psychiatric drugs simply because they are smart and bored.
  • The president of the US Commission on Excellence in Special Education found 40% of American children who are in special education programs and have been labeled as having learning disorders have simply never been taught to read
  • Pediatric neurologist Dr. Fred A. Baughman, Jr., states that parents, teachers and children are “horribly betrayed” when a child’s behavior is labeled as a “disease”.

Armed with this information, the Senate voted 37 to 0, and the House, 70 to 0 to hold investigations.
Speakers at the hearings included the ED of CCHR NM and child neurologist Dr. Fred Baughman who himself came to give testimony.
He’s been in private practice 35 years and authored a book called “The ADHD Fraud: How Psychiatry Makes “Patients” of Normal Children”. He is very emphatic in his reports and interviews.
“These are all normal children. Psychiatry has never validated ADHD as a biologic entity, so their fraud and their misrepresentation is in saying to the parents of the patients in the office, saying to the public of the United States, that this and every other psychiatric diagnosis is, in fact, a brain disease.”
I think there are people within the hierarchy of ADHD research who are actively representing this and other neurobiologic mental disease constructs as diseases, when they know they are absolutely not–when they know there is zero scientific evidence.”
“…They know the illusions of disease and biology that their pseudoscientific biologic research weaves…They are intentionally deceiving the public.”
“We are drugging normal children so that they act less like normal children and forcing them to act like the docile adults who are supposed to be teaching them.”
“ADHD and all of psychiatry’s “chemical imbalances” are manufactured diseases”. ADHD is not a disorder, disease, syndrome or chemical imbalance of the brain.  It is not over-diagnosed, under-diagnosed, or mis-diagnosed.  It doesn’t exist.  It is a total, 100%, Fraud.”
“Nowhere in world’s literature is there proof that a single psychiatric diagnosis is an actual disease. “ADHD and all of psychiatry’s “chemical imbalances” are manufactured diseases- invented diseases that results in huge profits for psychiatrists and pharmaceutical companies.”
Following the hearing Rep. Nora Espinoza from the NM House approached CCHR and offered her help. Rep. Espinoza sponsored the bill in the House.
CCHR soon created a display in the State Capitol building called “The Silent Death of America’s Children” and followed up with flyers to parents, educators and legislators. Radio shows and newspapers carried the message. CCHR also brought in Dr. Linda Lagermann, a trained clinical psychologist who sat in with legislator hearings on the bill to answer questions and show them how psychiatrists use manipulative measures to sell these drugs in volume.
When the House passed the bill 67 to 1, Sen. Beffort sponsored the bill in the Senate where it passed 39 to 0 and was quickly signed into law.
It is encouraging that politicians presented with solid facts and evidence about psychiatry voted overwhelmingly to pass sane legislation curbing the pseudo-scientific profession.
Someday their mental health “treatments” will be legislated out of existence entirely.


  1. Karl

    This is a very impressive win for CCHR and most importantly for children in New Mexico.
    Hopefully, it will create a ripple effect that will be picked up by other state and federal governments throughout the world.
    One of the things that impressed me was this particular quote,
    “The American psychological association reports: many Americans visit their primary-care physicians and . . . walk away with a prescription for an antidepressant or other drugs without being aware of other evidence-based treatments — such as cognitive behavioral therapy (basically talking with and listening to the child)— that might work better for them without the risk of side effects..”
    Because it is an intelligent strategy. Some times in the past, there have been efforts to condemn all treatments which are not from Scientology. This did not work, and could be called a striving for perfectionism. The current initiative did work because it appealed to what the public can agree with and simply makes things BETTER. A LOT better! Thank you for doing this! And now we can continue making things even BETTER. It appears that CCHR is on the way to getting back to its basic roots and reclaiming its proud legacy. VERY WELL DONE !


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