Sunday, July 03, 2005

News from the Big Screen

Kids as young as 9 years old are being lured into taking a survey aimed at assessing teen suicide risk. The hook? Free movie passes. According to the sample questions in the article, I should've been looong gone (with the exception of #3, of course. I mean, you're kidding. Right?).

Although the answers to a few open-ended, highly subjective questions could result in treatment with psychotropic drugs, most parents are unaware because written consent if not required. The author of the survey? A psychiatrist whose suicide prevention foundation received $1,250,000 from a drug company to fund the survey.

And it gets worse, starting here:

TeenScreen's goal is to screen every kid in the United States.

Since 1991, the Columbia University Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry has invested nearly $19 million in the "research" and development of the Columbia TeenScreen program. Who will reap the returns?

There are 47.7 million (47,700,000) public school students.

There are 5 million (5,000,000) private school students.

Gee. At least they didn't mention homeschoolers (...don't you feel better?).

Tip credit: Diane Flynn Keith

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