Psychiatric drugs are a big business in the United Kingdom — and business is booming.
The number of prescriptions for psychostimulants has soared 187 percent since 1994, now totalling some three quarters of a million. The stimulant market in the UK now tops £33 million a year.

The media often trumpets the “wonders” of such drugs, extolling them for the treatment of childhood learning and emotional “problems” and “disabilities.”

And all the while we are told these drugs are “safe and effective” for children.

But are they?

About the makers of this film

The Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) is a nonprofit mental health watchdog, responsible for helping to enact more than 150 laws protecting individuals from abusive or coercive practices. CCHR has long fought to restore basic inalienable human rights to the field of mental health, including, but not limited to, full informed consent regarding the medical legitimacy of psychiatric diagnosis, the risks of psychiatric treatments, the right to all available medical alternatives and the right to refuse any treatment considered harmful.

The CCHR was originally formed in 1969 as a global watchdog committed to investigating and exposing human rights violations in the field of mental health. From its headquarters in Los Angeles, CCHR coordinates activities amongst its chapters around the world.

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