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STUNNING ACCUSATION - ICE MISUSING POWERFUL ANTI-PSYCHOTIC DRUGS

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CNN reports on a serious allegation against ICE. The agency is accused of forcing detainees to take powerful drugs like Halidol as part of the deportation process. Now the agency is being sued by two who claim that they did nothing to warrant use of the drugs. While we'll need to see what the court has to say regarding the validity of the claims, the story is indeed worrisome.

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  1. legal-forever-waiting-forever's Avatar

    Here is how it works in the US hospitals- and it's strictly observed. All patients sign an agreement to take psychotropic meds before they are administered. In order to give them involuntarily a judge must agree to commit the patient. Evidence of psychosis and impaired judgment is needed for that in a court hearing. I cannot believe they did this- it's just crossing too many lines. If it's true the lawsuit is well deserved and should succeed (and I'm no fan of the tort system!)
  2. Another Voice's Avatar
    This is a clear abuse of power by ICE if someone needs restraint I am sure they can find some other way to archive it. This in addition to the many already documented abuses on detention centers and the many dead already what is going in on here. They are suppose to detain this people and send them back to their country not torture them, kill them and flat out disregard human rights. Its a shame for the so call rule of law in the US.
  3. Another Voice's Avatar
    "legal-forever-waiting-forever" are you legal and waiting just asking because I usually like your postings just wondering if its the same person.
  4. legal-forever-waiting-forever's Avatar
    no i'm not legal and waiting although i know that one well :-)
    i used to blog here with a different name (paskal)- changed it some time ago- for no good reason- just felt like a change !!
  5. Honza P's Avatar
    I worked at the Alabama AG's office very briefly, and while I mostly did capital appeals, I did do a little work with the Department of Corrections people. More significantly, I represent quite a few people presently in a personal injury case involving the use of an improperly labeled anti-depressant and my mother is a psychiatrist whose practice has for years revolved around treating the sickest of the sick, many of whom are in the corrections system.

    This sort of accusation is something every correctional institution will run into. These medicines in question are often misprescribed because the quality of health-care professionals in detention settings is generally poor, but generally the medications in question are underprescribed. Further, most people given the medications will take some time to realize they need them, as general functioning returns before self-awareness and the absence of past delusions/delusional memories sets in. non-compliance with medication regimens is very common even in the highly-controlled correctional setting and aggregate harm is almost certainly greater from lack of prescription/use of these medications than from over-prescription of the same.

    While I represented people who were harmed by the lack of labeling indicating teens and young adults might experience increased suicidal urges from anti-psychotics, in the aggregate, suicides increased when health care professionals and alarmist members of the public shied away from taking them.

    Just something to think about.
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