William Glasser, M.D.
May 20, 2005
Congressman Wally Herger
Rayburn House Office Building
Washington , D.C. 20515
I am very interested in the Congressional Hearing focused on protecting children from being involved in experimental psychiatric drugs or drugs of any kind. Most of the children enrolled are foster children or children who aren’t really looked after by any protective agency. I believe the government should become the protective agency.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist who has been working in mental health for over forty years. I’ve worked not only with children and adults, but also extensively in the schools. In the schools that are following my ideas, no children are given any kind of psychiatric drugs at the instigation of the schools. We can’t stop parents from giving their children these drugs, but we can certainly advise parents that these drugs are really not necessary. These Glasser Quality Schools are highly successful and are perhaps the most successful schools in the country where students are not taking any psychiatric drugs.
Your legislation can certainly close a big gap to the practice of using children who have no way of protecting themselves and no parents who are really that interested in them. That should not be allowed. There should be some sort of protection for the children and that protective operation should swing into operation if any children are asked to participate in any kind of medical experimentation at all.
As a Board Member of an organization called Ablechild, I am working with Gloria Wright and other members to reduce the drugging of all children and the practice of advising parents to put their children on drugs. No one knows what the long-term effects are from these drugs. The short-term effects, in many cases, are somewhat disastrous and include violent activity and suicide.
I am the President of The William Glasser Institute . We teach and train people to deal with mental health all over the world with adults and children. I am very well known and have been spending most of the latter part of my professional life warning people about the dangers of psychiatric drugs. There is no evidence that the drugs are in any way helpful, but there is a great deal of evidence that they may be harmful. If the purpose of our government is to protect people against unwarranted intrusions into their privacy from the people who are making money off of these intrusions and paying little or no attention to the children, then this is a wrong you should certainly right.
If you would like to learn more about my work, my website address is www.wglasser.com. You will see that there is a lot of information on the website that supports what I am saying here.
I also appreciate being on the Ablechild Board of Directors and I am doing everything I can to help them.
William Glasser, M.D.
Board Certified Psychiatrist 1961
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