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Owner of Alabama Lab Arrested for Falsifying Drug Test Results in Several Child Custody Cases

Normally we focus on the State of Texas here at It’s Almost Tuesday, but there are always exceptions to the rules. When I came across this story my blood boiled. This woman had the power of children’s lives and families in her hand.

I cannot fathom what compelled her to do such a dispicable act of criminality against families who would have had no way of knowing her to deserve the fate she handed them. Families who lost their children because of this monster.

Losses like that can never be made right. That time, trauma, pain and memories cannot be given back or healed no matter how many court orders are reversed due to her Lab being used . She should not be granted bail. She committed murder against those family units.

NOTHING LESS THAN LIFE IN PRISON WOULD BE SUFFICIENT IN WHAT COULD BE CONSIDERED JUSTICE AGAINST HER. That’s my opinion. What’s yours?

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Investigators are scrambling to determine how many parents may have lost jobs, custody of their children and more after the owner of an Alabama laboratory was arrested for altering the results of drug and paternity tests.

AL.com reports that Ozark, Ala. police officers charged 36-year-old Brandy Murrah with two counts of forgery after authorities received evidence that someone had forged the results of two drug tests performed by A&J Lab Collections, which is owned by Murrah. Now authorities say that the two cases might just be the tip of the iceberg, alleging that multiple drug screenings may have been changed by Murrah, who, despite all appearances to the contrary, I cannot stress enough—is only 36 years old.

Murrah had a contract with Dale County’s Department of Human Resources Dependency court to perform drugs and paternity test on individuals involved in custody cases, but was not involved in criminal cases. The lab company was paid by the individual or reimbursed by DHR, if the testee could not afford it.

“We have no idea at this time how many people did not get their children back because of Ms. Murrah’s alleged fraudulent reports,”

Dale County, Ala., District Attorney Kirke Adams told the Dothan Eagle.

“In my opinion, all cases affected by Murrah’s alleged actions must be redone in order to be fair.”

While this may sound like a routine case, it highlights the immunity to scrutiny that privilege applies.

In 2013, Murrah was arrested and subsequently pleaded guilty to five counts of credit card fraud. She was sentenced to three years probation and yet somehow, the woman who was actually convicted of fraud was allowed to handle sensitive screenings that determined the futures of entire families.

The Murrah investigation was prompted after someone’s drug screening turned up positive. The person called the physician who signed the paperwork and the doctor replied that she did not recall signing the drug test for A&J Lab Collections or Murrah.

The Ozark Police Department, the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Dale County District Attorney’s Office, Dale County Department of Human Resources and Dale County court officials are now sifting through the dozens of tests that Murrah’s company completed each month to see how many may have been altered.

“We anticipate a lot,” said Adams.

Murrah is currently out on $2,000 bond.

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Can Parents Lose Custody Over Legal Marijuana Use? Absolutely.

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Scientific research confirms that most people who smoke marijuana before they have kids still occasionally get high after they become parents, and anecdotal research confirms that THC can make pushing a stroller through the park chill as hell. It is also a relatively safe stimulant in that if parents don’t hide it effectively — it’s really not that hard, get a kid-proof containermarijuana poses no serious medical risk to children.

But for parents in the throesw of a divorce, moderate, responsible, and even legal pot use represents a very real hazard. Despite shifting cultural and legal norms, marijuana consumption can and does come up in custody negotiations.

“If it’s a really bitter divorce or separation, you may see one party that’s the non-marijuana user call Child Protective Services, or at the very least threaten to,” explains Nicholas Dowgul, a North Carolina-based divorce attorney.

There are two basic ways a parent can have their custodial rights compromised by marijuana use.

The first involves the intervention of Child Protective Services, which typically assesses a parent’s use after receiving a tip (one can guess where such tips come from).

The other, more common scenario is during a contentious divorce. Though this may vary slightly based on state laws, past cases suggest that marijuana can cause custody problems even when it’s legal.

In 2016, a California father who used medical marijuana prescribed by a doctor after a car accident petitioned for custody of his baby and was forced by CPS (acting on a tip) to take a drug test that he failed. Instead of going home with his dad, the child, who the mother could no longer care for, was put into foster care.
In another case, a grandmother in Maine who sought to obtain custody of her grandchildren was denied because she was using medical marijuana for back pain.

Those children have been in state custody for a year.

Still, there’s a limited amount of case law marijuana and custody issues, making outcomes hard to predict. In states where marijuana is illegal, if a complaint is lodged by the other parent as part of a custody dispute, that parent would not have to prove the drug endangered a child. In states where weed is legal, they presumably would have to prove harm or risk (driving under the influence, leaving marijuana where kids can access it, or abusing it to the point of mental instability).

Still, it’s hard to know exactly what that means in practice other than that it’s likely a smoker with a contentious relationship with a former partner would be subjected to a drug test.

Ultimately, Dowgul explains, it comes down to a judge’s discretion.

In states where weed is legal, they presumably would have to prove harm or risk (driving under the influence, leaving marijuana where kids can access it, or abusing it to the point of mental instability).

Still, it’s hard to know exactly what that means in practice other than that it’s likely a smoker with a contentious relationship with a former partner would be subjected to a drug test.

Ultimately, Dowgul explains, it comes down to a judge’s discretion.

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CPS has requested a drug test from you: now what?

Source : Bryan Fagan, attorney at law

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You may have come under the radar of CPS after someone has placed an anonymous call to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.

If the caller stated that you were using illegal drugs or that you were arrested for a drug-related offense then there is a good chance a caseworker will show up at your door asking that you take a drug test.

What is CPS?

CPS or the Child Protective Services is part of the Texas state agency, the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.

CPS is required by law to investigate reports of child abuse or neglect.

CPS has specific time requirements, deadlines, and hearing protocols set forth in Federal Law, the Texas Family Code, and TDFPS handbook.

This means if someone makes a report such as the one described in the above scenario and if there are children involved then a CPS caseworker will be tasked with investigating the report.

Who Called CPS?

Many times, the people who meet with me know who called CPS on them. However, under Texas law, everyone has a duty to make a report when child abuse is suspected this means it could be anyone.

However, the law places a special duty on certain individuals such as:
  1. Doctors
  2. Lawyers and
  3. Therapist

All allegations of abuse or neglect are reported to a central intake office in Austin (for Texas cases).

Allegations can be reported by:
  1. calling 1-800-252-5400 or making a report
  2. online at https://www.txabusehotline.org

CPS Investigations

Each intake call is assigned a priority level and referred to an investigative worker in the county where the child lives.

A CPS investigation can lead to one of several outcomes:

  1. reason to believe;
  2. unable to determine;
  3. unable to determine with risk indicated;
  4. ruled out;
  5. ruled out with risk indicated; or
  6. unable to complete;

Can CPS take my child?

Yes, CPS can take your child.

If CPS investigates a report and believes the child to be in danger, it can remove the child from the unsafe environment.

An unsafe environment can include:

  1. use of illegal drugs by members of the child’s household,
  2. failure to provide enough food or
  3. sufficient medical care
  4. failure to keep firearms locked up
  5. physical violence to the child or another household member, and
  6. sexual contact with a child

There are generally three ways a child may be removed from you:

  1. Immediately if CPS determines a child is at risk of immediate harm or danger or
  2. by filing a lawsuit and requesting a Court Order
  3. Getting you to agree to voluntarily place the child with a friend or relative

What happens after CPS removal? – The Full Adversary Hearing

Under the Texas Family Code Section 262.201 a court hearing is required to be held within 14 days after the children are removed.

CPS has the burden at the full adversary hearing of showing the following:

  1. there was a danger to the physical health or safety of the child which was caused by an act or failure to act of the person entitled to possession and for the child to remain in the home is contrary to the welfare of the child;
  2. the urgent need for protection required the immediate removal of the child and reasonable efforts, consistent with the circumstances and providing for the safety of the child, were made to eliminate or prevent the child’s removal; and
  3. reasonable efforts have been made to enable the child to return home, but there is a substantial risk of a continuing danger if the child is returned home.

At this hearing, the judge will make decisions on the following:

  1. The child should be returned to the home;
  2. Stay with a friend or family member, or
  3. Remain in CPS custody (foster care)
  4. Whether to order parents to attend parenting classes
  5. Whether to order parents to complete an anger management course,
  6. Whether to order parents to go through a drug or alcohol rehabilitation program
  7. Whether to order parents to other requirements before the child will be returned

Prior to the hearing, CPS will:

  1. notify the child’s parents in writing and
  2. will provide any papers filed with the court that supports the removal.
  3. The papers will include a statement by the investigator with the reasons for the removal.

Permanency Conference or Family Group Conference

Generally, after the full adversary hearing and before the status hearing, CPS will hold a permanency conference or a family group conference.

The purpose of these meetings is to discuss:

  1. the long-term goals for the child
  2. the needs of the child, and
  3. the services the parent need to complete

The goals can include:

  1. family reunification
  2. relative or unrelated adoption
  3. relative or unrelated conservatorship
  4. TDFPS conservatorship with or without termination, or
  5. independent living

The needs of the child can include:

  1. a medical exam
  2. forensic interview
  3. psychological, therapy
  4. educational assessment etc.

What is a CPS service plan?

A service plan is a written plan setting forth recommendations
and steps that must be taken before the child will be allowed to return home.

No more than 45 days after the full adversary hearing CPS must file a family service plan which specifically lays out the services CPS is requesting the parent to complete in order to achieve the permanency goal.

For example, if the child was removed for physical abuse and there are no positive drug tests or any allegations of drug use;
it may not be necessary for a parent to do a drug and alcohol evaluation and random drug testing to alleviate the reason for the child’s removal.

A typical family service plan will include the following:

  1. Parenting Classes
  2. Stable and hazard free housing for 6 months;
  3. Stable income for 6 months;
  4. Psychosocial or psychological;
  5. Individual counseling;
  6. Random drug testing;
  7. Drug and alcohol assessment;
  8. Attend all visits, court hearings, and meetings;
  9. Maintain weekly or monthly contact with the caseworker; and
  10. Notify the caseworker within 24 hours of moving or a change in phone numbers

Drug Testing

Drug and alcohol testing has become commonplace in CPS cases. New types of testing have been developed to help determine what the person is using illegally since most drug users are not always truthful.

If your children have not already been removed the drug test that is performed is typically a swab or urine test.

If you test positive the CPS caseworker will ask you to voluntarily sign a safety plan that places your children with another friend or relative. If you refuse, they will likely, but not always file a suit and state the basis to remove the child is neglectful supervision.

Neglectful Supervision

The elements of neglectful supervision are:

  1. Placing the child in or failing to remove a child from a situation that a reasonable person would realize:
  2. requires judgment or actions beyond the child’s level of maturity, physical condition, or mental abilities; and
  3. that results in bodily injury or a substantial risk of immediate harm to the child; placing a child in or
  4. failing to remove the child from a situation in which the child would be exposed to a substantial risk of sexual conduct harmful to the child; or
  5. placing a child in or failing to remove the child from a situation in which the child would be exposed to sexual abuse committed against another child.

Texas CPS Drug Policy

The following is a policy regarding drug testing from the CPShandbook:

Refusal to Test

“When testing is appropriate under 1920 Substance Abuse Testing, but the client refuses to take a drug test, the caseworker must document the refusal to be tested.

If a parent refuses to take a drug test or refuses to allow a child who is an alleged perpetrator to be tested, the caseworker consults with the supervisor in a staffing meeting. The supervisor may recommend legal intervention if the evidence raises concern for the child’s safety.

For cases under court jurisdiction, the caseworker must notify the judge and attorneys about the client’s refusal to test.”

Positive Result

“The caseworker must assess a positive drug test result in relationship to the child’s safety and risk.
The result must be discussed with the parent in a timely manner.

If a parent with a positive drug result is not engaged in substance abuse treatment and is actively parenting a child, the caseworker refers the parent to:

  1. a provider of outreach, screening, assessment, and referral (OSAR) services or
  2. a provider of substance abuse treatment.

The threshold that makes a referral appropriate is based on the definition of a child not being safe.

That is, a child is not safe when:
  1. threats or dangers exist in the family that are related to substance use;
  2. the child is vulnerable to such threats; and
  3. the parent who is using substances does not have sufficient protective capacities to manage or control threats.”

Thus, if you test positive, and refuse to sign the safety plan, there is a high chance a lawsuit to remove your children will follow.

What are your rights?

  1. You have the right to talk to your CPS caseworker. Communications with the CPS caseworker are not confidential and can come out in court.
  2. If CPS has filed a lawsuit against you for conservatorship of your child and/or termination of your parental rights, you have the right to a court appointed attorney if you cannot afford one.
  3. You have the right to visit with their child unless the Court has ordered no visitation.
  4. You have the right to be informed of their child’s current medical condition and any change of placement; but not the location of the placement.
  5. You have the right to deny the allegations made by CPS
  6. You have the right to be notified of all hearings and permanency conferences or family group conferences.
  7. You have the right to an interpreter if you do not understand English.
  8. You also have the right to a jury trial.

Once the service plan expires, you have the right to bring your child home unless:

  1. the service plan is renewed, or
  2. there is a court order (signed by a judge) saying that you can’t.

What You Should Know if CPS Targets You?

  1. Take the accusation seriously. It doesn’t matter if you think the allegation is unreasonable or stupid. CPS is serious and will presume that you are guilty as accused. They may not say that they are there to take your children, but they very well may.
  2. Do not talk. Do not try to explain it is important that you not talk to anyone but your attorney.
  3. You must find an attorney who has experience in fighting CPS, as soon as you realize your family is being investigated.
  4. Be polite
  5. Never let any government agency in your home unless he or she has a warrant or order issued by a court.
  6. If the accusation is one of physical abuse, have your doctor immediately give your child a thorough physical exam. Ask your doctor to write a letter stating that no bruises, marks, or health concerns were found on the child that would create suspicion of child abuse or neglect.

How long can my CPS case stay open?

Without the agreement, the longest a case will stay open is about 18 months from the time of removalRemember: If you need help, you’re not alone.
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Source : Bryan Fagan, attorney at law

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You may have come under the radar of CPS after someone has placed an anonymous call to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.

If the caller stated that you were using illegal drugs or that you were arrested for a drug-related offense then there is a good chance a caseworker will show up at your door asking that you take a drug test.

What is CPS?

CPS or the Child Protective Services is part of the Texas state agency, the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.

CPS is required by law to investigate reports of child abuse or neglect.

CPS has specific time requirements, deadlines, and hearing protocols set forth in Federal Law, the Texas Family Code, and TDFPS handbook.

This means if someone makes a report such as the one described in the above scenario and if there are children involved then a CPS caseworker will be tasked with investigating the report.

Who Called CPS?

Many times, the people who meet with me know who called CPS on them. However, under Texas law, everyone has a duty to make a report when child abuse is suspected this means it could be anyone.

However, the law places a special duty on certain individuals such as:
  1. Doctors
  2. Lawyers and
  3. Therapist

All allegations of abuse or neglect are reported to a central intake office in Austin (for Texas cases).

Allegations can be reported by:
  1. calling 1-800-252-5400 or making a report
  2. online at https://www.txabusehotline.org

CPS Investigations

Each intake call is assigned a priority level and referred to an investigative worker in the county where the child lives.

A CPS investigation can lead to one of several outcomes:

  1. reason to believe;
  2. unable to determine;
  3. unable to determine with risk indicated;
  4. ruled out;
  5. ruled out with risk indicated; or
  6. unable to complete;

Can CPS take my child?

Yes, CPS can take your child.

If CPS investigates a report and believes the child to be in danger, it can remove the child from the unsafe environment.

An unsafe environment can include:

  1. use of illegal drugs by members of the child’s household,
  2. failure to provide enough food or
  3. sufficient medical care
  4. failure to keep firearms locked up
  5. physical violence to the child or another household member, and
  6. sexual contact with a child

There are generally three ways a child may be removed from you:

  1. Immediately if CPS determines a child is at risk of immediate harm or danger or
  2. by filing a lawsuit and requesting a Court Order
  3. Getting you to agree to voluntarily place the child with a friend or relative

What happens after CPS removal? – The Full Adversary Hearing

Under the Texas Family Code Section 262.201 a court hearing is required to be held within 14 days after the children are removed.

CPS has the burden at the full adversary hearing of showing the following:

  1. there was a danger to the physical health or safety of the child which was caused by an act or failure to act of the person entitled to possession and for the child to remain in the home is contrary to the welfare of the child;
  2. the urgent need for protection required the immediate removal of the child and reasonable efforts, consistent with the circumstances and providing for the safety of the child, were made to eliminate or prevent the child’s removal; and
  3. reasonable efforts have been made to enable the child to return home, but there is a substantial risk of a continuing danger if the child is returned home.

At this hearing, the judge will make decisions on the following:

  1. The child should be returned to the home;
  2. Stay with a friend or family member, or
  3. Remain in CPS custody (foster care)
  4. Whether to order parents to attend parenting classes
  5. Whether to order parents to complete an anger management course,
  6. Whether to order parents to go through a drug or alcohol rehabilitation program
  7. Whether to order parents to other requirements before the child will be returned

Prior to the hearing, CPS will:

  1. notify the child’s parents in writing and
  2. will provide any papers filed with the court that supports the removal.
  3. The papers will include a statement by the investigator with the reasons for the removal.

Permanency Conference or Family Group Conference

Generally, after the full adversary hearing and before the status hearing, CPS will hold a permanency conference or a family group conference.

The purpose of these meetings is to discuss:

  1. the long-term goals for the child
  2. the needs of the child, and
  3. the services the parent need to complete

The goals can include:

  1. family reunification
  2. relative or unrelated adoption
  3. relative or unrelated conservatorship
  4. TDFPS conservatorship with or without termination, or
  5. independent living

The needs of the child can include:

  1. a medical exam
  2. forensic interview
  3. psychological, therapy
  4. educational assessment etc.

What is a CPS service plan?

A service plan is a written plan setting forth recommendations
and steps that must be taken before the child will be allowed to return home.

No more than 45 days after the full adversary hearing CPS must file a family service plan which specifically lays out the services CPS is requesting the parent to complete in order to achieve the permanency goal.

For example, if the child was removed for physical abuse and there are no positive drug tests or any allegations of drug use;
it may not be necessary for a parent to do a drug and alcohol evaluation and random drug testing to alleviate the reason for the child’s removal.

A typical family service plan will include the following:

  1. Parenting Classes
  2. Stable and hazard free housing for 6 months;
  3. Stable income for 6 months;
  4. Psychosocial or psychological;
  5. Individual counseling;
  6. Random drug testing;
  7. Drug and alcohol assessment;
  8. Attend all visits, court hearings, and meetings;
  9. Maintain weekly or monthly contact with the caseworker; and
  10. Notify the caseworker within 24 hours of moving or a change in phone numbers

Drug Testing

Drug and alcohol testing has become commonplace in CPS cases. New types of testing have been developed to help determine what the person is using illegally since most drug users are not always truthful.

If your children have not already been removed the drug test that is performed is typically a swab or urine test.

If you test positive the CPS caseworker will ask you to voluntarily sign a safety plan that places your children with another friend or relative. If you refuse, they will likely, but not always file a suit and state the basis to remove the child is neglectful supervision.

Neglectful Supervision

The elements of neglectful supervision are:

  1. Placing the child in or failing to remove a child from a situation that a reasonable person would realize:
  2. requires judgment or actions beyond the child’s level of maturity, physical condition, or mental abilities; and
  3. that results in bodily injury or a substantial risk of immediate harm to the child; placing a child in or
  4. failing to remove the child from a situation in which the child would be exposed to a substantial risk of sexual conduct harmful to the child; or
  5. placing a child in or failing to remove the child from a situation in which the child would be exposed to sexual abuse committed against another child.

Texas CPS Drug Policy

The following is a policy regarding drug testing from the CPShandbook:

Refusal to Test

“When testing is appropriate under 1920 Substance Abuse Testing, but the client refuses to take a drug test, the caseworker must document the refusal to be tested.

If a parent refuses to take a drug test or refuses to allow a child who is an alleged perpetrator to be tested, the caseworker consults with the supervisor in a staffing meeting. The supervisor may recommend legal intervention if the evidence raises concern for the child’s safety.

For cases under court jurisdiction, the caseworker must notify the judge and attorneys about the client’s refusal to test.”

Positive Result

“The caseworker must assess a positive drug test result in relationship to the child’s safety and risk.
The result must be discussed with the parent in a timely manner.

If a parent with a positive drug result is not engaged in substance abuse treatment and is actively parenting a child, the caseworker refers the parent to:

  1. a provider of outreach, screening, assessment, and referral (OSAR) services or
  2. a provider of substance abuse treatment.

The threshold that makes a referral appropriate is based on the definition of a child not being safe.

That is, a child is not safe when:
  1. threats or dangers exist in the family that are related to substance use;
  2. the child is vulnerable to such threats; and
  3. the parent who is using substances does not have sufficient protective capacities to manage or control threats.”

Thus, if you test positive, and refuse to sign the safety plan, there is a high chance a lawsuit to remove your children will follow.

What are your rights?

  1. You have the right to talk to your CPS caseworker. Communications with the CPS caseworker are not confidential and can come out in court.
  2. If CPS has filed a lawsuit against you for conservatorship of your child and/or termination of your parental rights, you have the right to a court appointed attorney if you cannot afford one.
  3. You have the right to visit with their child unless the Court has ordered no visitation.
  4. You have the right to be informed of their child’s current medical condition and any change of placement; but not the location of the placement.
  5. You have the right to deny the allegations made by CPS
  6. You have the right to be notified of all hearings and permanency conferences or family group conferences.
  7. You have the right to an interpreter if you do not understand English.
  8. You also have the right to a jury trial.

Once the service plan expires, you have the right to bring your child home unless:

  1. the service plan is renewed, or
  2. there is a court order (signed by a judge) saying that you can’t.

What You Should Know if CPS Targets You?

  1. Take the accusation seriously. It doesn’t matter if you think the allegation is unreasonable or stupid. CPS is serious and will presume that you are guilty as accused. They may not say that they are there to take your children, but they very well may.
  2. Do not talk. Do not try to explain it is important that you not talk to anyone but your attorney.
  3. You must find an attorney who has experience in fighting CPS, as soon as you realize your family is being investigated.
  4. Be polite
  5. Never let any government agency in your home unless he or she has a warrant or order issued by a court.
  6. If the accusation is one of physical abuse, have your doctor immediately give your child a thorough physical exam. Ask your doctor to write a letter stating that no bruises, marks, or health concerns were found on the child that would create suspicion of child abuse or neglect.

How long can my CPS case stay open?

Without the agreement, the longest a case will stay open is about 18 months from the time of removalRemember: If you need help, you’re not alone.
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Creating a Generation of Addicts

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Generation of Addicts With ADHD Medication?

How safe is it for our kids to be taking narcotic medications every day?

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Jack

During his freshman year, Jack’s grades started slipping. He found it hard to keep up. He knew several classmates who used uppers for extra boosts when they needed them. In hopes of finding an endless supply of energy (and improving his grades), Jack decided to fake the symptoms of ADHD so he could get an Adderall prescription.

It worked.

Since the symptom criteria is fairly ambiguous – and has become even less strict in recent years – this wasn’t difficult to do. His shrink wrote the script…and Jack started a pattern of drug abuse that shaped the rest of his life.

  • ADHD is easy to fake. A 2010 study revealed that one in four diagnoses of adult ADHD involved faked symptoms – and this wasbefore the diagnostic criteria were relaxed.

Women pouring medicine into hand.

Wyatt

Wyatt was one of the youngest kindergarteners in his class.

He was struggling with reading and was often distracted by the many other fun opportunities around the room. His teacher spoke with his parents, who consulted with a psychiatrist, who, in turn, diagnosed Wyatt with ADHD. Within a month, he was taking highly potent drugs to control his symptoms.

Wyatt’s grandmother pointed out that he was barely five years old and that being curious, active and distractible used to be considered normal – even healthy – for that age. Wyatt’s parents dismissed her input, assuming the doctor knew best – the same doctor whose practice is closely tied with the pharmaceutical company.

  • Research shows children in kindergarten are much more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD than their older classmates. This strengthens the argument that ADHD diagnoses are often based on non-pathological, normal human imperfections. Being forgetful or distracted happens to everyone, especially when you’re barely past the diaper stage.

Aiden

Aiden’s parents were frazzled. At nine, Aiden behaved more like a three-year-old. He was often hyper, seemed to get into everything and never wanted to sit still. They got tired of finding things to entertain him and were weary of fighting with him to pay attention. They knew many children today receive medication to help with these issues, so they took Aiden to a doctor.

After a ten-minute discussion with his parents – and an even briefer exam of the child – Aiden’s doctor diagnosed him with ADHD and sent his parents home with a prescription for Ritalin.

Now Aiden is docile, quiet and compliant. He doesn’t eat much on the days he takes his medication, and he has a lot less personality now, but his parents don’t have to work as hard to manage him.

  • In some areas of the U.S., roughly half of boys in grades three to five are on ADHD medication. Several experts in child care and addiction point out that pharmaceutical companies take advantage of desperate parents who are simply looking for ways to help their children. And though the same group of experts admits many of these children have legitimate problems, in their collective   opinion,those issues rarely warrant drugs like Ritalin, Adderall and Vyvanse.

Over-Diagnosed and Over-Medicated

In 2011, the CDC reported 11 percent of our nation’s children were diagnosed with ADHD; two-thirds of those kids were prescribed medication.

Alan Schwarz, author of ADHD Nation: Children, Doctors, Big Pharma, and the Making of an American Epidemic,reports the numbers are now up to one in seven American children diagnosed with ADHD.

Dr. C. Keith Conners, “father of ADHD” and the man who discovered Ritalin’s effect on children, believes that only two to three percent of these kids actually qualify for a diagnosis.So many young lives are being shaped by powerful drugs that many experts say are unnecessary. These potent pharmaceuticals – Adderall, Ritalin and Vyvanse – all have the potential for addiction and abuse.

We are putting highly potent prescription narcotics in the hands and minds of thousands of young children. Can we expect anything but disaster?

Risks vs Results

With the trending increase in prescriptions, emergency room visits due to ADHD medications have soared 400 percent in the past seven years. A study of FDA data discovered 19,000 complications directly related to ADHD medications. And while we’re mostly still in the dark regarding long-term effects, the FDA data does currently list two long-term concerns: fatal heart attacks and kidney failure.

Is the next generation becoming dependent on medications they don’t need? Possibly. Will they all become addicts? Probably not. But when children grow up taking narcotics every day, they easily become desensitized to the dangers of drug use. When half the kids in their class are on some form of stimulant already, what’s the big deal if they try some other meds too? And if it’s okay to take narcotics to help them focus, why not try something else to make them feel happy, or relaxed or outgoing?

Simply put; when drugs are the first solution society turns to for managing children’s behavior, can we expect anything less from the children? When the doctor’s knee-jerk reaction is to medicate, children get the impression that self-medication is no big deal.

Additional Reading:Study: Abuse of ADHD Meds is Beginning Earlier

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This is why Trump’s recommendation to replace SNAP FOOD STAMPS with food boxes is a bad idea… and its not really about the food or the money.

And when it was my turn, there was nobody left to speak up for me…

I know this isn’t normally in line with my blog topic of Foster Care but it does relate to the interest of families all across our country.

So, please take a moment and help me get this message out.

I am going to tell you why i believe President Trumps’ idea to replace SNAP food stamps with boxes of food is a REALLY BAD IDEA.

But before i do, i have drafted a petition to President Trump on this issue that i am asking you to sign. I need 100,000 signatures in 30 days for it to reach the white house.

So even if you do not agree with me to sign the petition, please at least share my post, or the link to the petition, so it gets passed around. someone else might feel as strongly as I do on the topic and might want to include their signature. Thank you.

I’ve created this petition asking President Trump not to replace food stamps with boxes of food.

I must reach a goal of 100,000 signatures so that my petition makes it to the white house.

Even if you don’t agree with the current program of SNAP FOOD BENEFITS, that’s okay. This is about much more than that. If you value your FREEDOMS AS AMERICAN CITIZENS, please take a moment.

SNAP food stamps are NOT just for people who do not work. In fact, most employees of Walmart are on food stamps…(and incidentally spend them at Walmart…hrmmm).

For many families it is the difference between going HUNGRY OR having the ability to cook a real, heathy meal with meat and vegetables.

I’M NOT DEBATING WHETHER OR NOT SNAP IS necessary, or for who, or how much or for how long.

I do not even receive SNAP benefits, by the way .

I want to discuss the IMPLICATIONS of what The POTUS has proposed.

Trump wants to replace food stamps with boxes of government food.

THINK ABOUT THAT.

The government issued boxes of food Trump Is proposing for the future….

the bread lines of the past.

Once a month, poor families well be given their share of whatever food the GOVERNMENT THINKS they should get to eat.

Bread lines.

Is this how things should be done in a “free” country? or is this ONE STEP CLOSER to repeating history?

This is AMERICA, LAND OF THE FREE, which includes the freedom to choose what we eat, when we eat, and how much.

AMERICA is NOT A COMMUNIST COUNTRY … government issued food boxes is one more freedom removed targeting the poor.

THAT’S A BIG DEAL.

There are too many ways the government can save money and make reforms to programs including SNAP food benefits

Please sign and pass along my petition at this site.

I need 100,000 signatures.

Thank you.

THOSE WHO DO NOT REMEMBER HISTORY ARE DOOMED TO REPEAT IT.

HITLER WAS ELECTED. REMEMBER?


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child death, child welfare reform, foster care abuse, cps, domestic violence, drug abuse, family, foster care, government, medicaid, psychiatry
Special thanks to Former Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn

click here to read the Texas Medicaid Fraud News Reports and Investigation Findings on Its Almost Tuesday’s Medicaid Fraud Page.

In working with abuse cases, government systems, and foster care, there are many obstacles & tragedies on a daily basis.

We fight a system enormously large by comparison (to a single mom on aol) who has the money, resources, and capabilities to win, much moreso than the mom on aol. In the nastiness of red tape, lies, cover-ups, confidentiality excuses, conspiracies, money driven mistakes that cost lives & much more insanity than one would ever expect out of our own government systems

( particularly one in place to “protect children”.)

We see very few rewards.

Many advocates burn out.

By August of 2004 they finally, after much pressure, told me 3 of the medications they put him on. I had requested, demanded, and begged to know what they were giving my son who was coming to visitations acting different.

One visit he would be hyper and non-stop talking – rambling, so fast his mind would be thinking ten thoughts ahead, and he’d get stuck in a stutter from not being able to keep up. The next visit he’d be so groggy and sleepy, despondent, falling asleep mid-sentence, and unable to communicate or think clearly.

I knew it was drugs he was receiving by the foster care system he was thrown into… but which ones? and why? He’d never been on medications prior to foster care (and hasn’t since – to my knowledge).

I began writing letters. I wrote letters to everyone.

I wrote to the news station, the inspector general’s office, the local media, the CCHR, the medical board, the courts, etc., etc.,

Anyone and everyone received a letter from me. I wrote, last time I recall, approximately 1500 letters in the first couple months, begging for help with my fight for my son. But I kept getting no response. I kept seeing this happening to my child, and other children, and my pleas for help falling on deaf ears.

Except for Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn. She listened. I just didn’t know it … yet. I had written her, among the masses, and she actually wrote me back, herself. I was so proud of that letter, and valued it as it was the only effort I saw return to me. As time went by, and I saw little results of my efforts, my hope dwindled, and my case closing and not in my favor.

I had put up a webpage in November/December accusing the Texas county & cps of medicaid fraud and overdrugging our children; and by the end of my case, my son’s name was changed, I was placed under a gag order (now lifted) and I haven’t seen him nor talked to him in over 3 years.

Needless to say I fell … headfirst… into a deep despair & desperation. I had to figure out life without my son, and I’ve never succeeded in that. I doubt I will. The pain is as fresh when I let it come out to the surface as it was then, only difference is I’ve learned how to numb my emotions by separating my memories from myself, and it doesn’t really work, only helps.

Then I look at a page and I read one more article I run across about the work the Comptroller’s done in Forgotten Children, from April 2004, the time my son was taken from me. Although I run this blog and a few others, I do not dive headfirst into the work as I did before – I burnt out. Sometimes I read another CPS case, and I get sick, literally, and throw up.

The trauma its cause my family, my daughter and our relationship, and my entire life and that of my children’s’ is unimaginable. IT cannot ever be repaired; ever. So when I read the Medicaid Fraud investigation concerning psychotropic medications given needlessly to foster children for profit, launched December 16th, 2004 – it hits me hard – considering it was that time when I was writing to Carole Strayhorn begging for help.

Carole Keeton Strayhorn helped.

Foster Children: Texas Health Care Claims Study — Special Report is available as a PDF file (3.8 MB). If you do not already have it, you will need to download Adobe Acrobat Reader to view and print the PDF file.

Carole Keeton Strayhorn listened.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart Grandma Strayhorn!!

Thank you from the bottom of my heart. You made me realise that everything does, in fact, happen for a reason, and that our pain may not have been in vain…. for the 2008 implementation of the changes in the system for providing health care to foster children is proof that something changed. Something.

I just pray we made a difference for the children.

I fought and fought & because I had gone into despair so tragically after losing a losing battle, I left the state of Texas for a long while, and never turned on ews, internet re: cps, or anything related. It was far too painful. Now, nearly 4 years since this nightmare I lived through was written by my fingers on this very same keyboard I type on today, my letters reached – and were read…. and I am reaping the feelings of that one little reward in my work, and it is good. It is real good. So good I cried and laughed at the same time.

I only pray we made a difference and continue to make a difference for the forgotten children I’ll always remember – because one of them was mine.

Again, thank you, to everyone who read. We needed you & you listened.