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Mental Health Inc: How Corruption, Lax Oversight and Failed Reforms Endanger Our Most Vulnerable Citizens

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An excellent new book by Art Levine exposes how “indifferent veteran associations, pharmaceutical-subsidized studious advocacy groups and supervision regulators that possibly pull a drug-industry bulletin or destroy to hindrance what amounts to an widespread of behavioral health malpractice” capacitate Pharma’s misfortune excesses.

Toddlers unperceiving with psychiatric medication? Elderly in nursing homes dosed to make them manageable? Soldiers and veterans driven to self-murder from their medication? Mental patients given drugs that means diabetes and extreme plumpness and lead to some-more dangerous drugs? It’s all there in Mental Health, Inc: How Corruption, Lax Oversight and Failed Reforms Endanger the Most Vulnerable Citizens, including psychiatric drugs that should never have been authorized to start with and “religious” girl diagnosis centers that abuse the immature people in their care.

Greed explains much of the behavioral health malpractice Levine cites, but not all of it. Certainly Pharma-funded doctors abet with prescriptions, and positively Pharma-funded medical associations abet with Pharma-friendly discipline including describing “pre” illness states that create some-more drug customers. Certainly drug diagnosis centers are among Pharma’s many appreciated business generally as the opioid epidemic––which Pharma started––grows.


But cronyism––the revolving doorway between attention and government––is also a big factor. One instance is Kerry Weems, a former Medicare central who assimilated Rechnitz’ TwinMed who Medicare regulates, writes Levine. Other examples of the effects of the government/industry revolving doorway embody former CDC executive Julie Gerberding, who went on to conduct Merck vaccines; former Texas administrator Rick Perry, who endorsed state-wide inoculation of all 11- and 12-year-old girls with Merck’s Gardasil vaccine after his arch of staff left to work at Merck; and Thomas Insel, executive of the National Institute of Mental Health, who left supervision for industry. 

Mental Health, Inc. does an superb pursuit of exposing a pivotal player in the $220 billion-a-year function health field: the formerly Bain Capital-owned CRC Health, now Acadia Healthcare, the nation’s largest provider of obsession diagnosis services. Levine chronicles at slightest six, bloody and preventable deaths at Acadia’s Sierra Tucson facility heading readers to consternation because the facility––or even the chain––is still in business and because the obliged parties have not been condemned or jailed.

Also intolerable in Mental Health, Inc. is the American Association Of Retired Persons’ overpower on the obvious and well-documented drug abuse of people in nursing homes––AARP’s constituency. “Licensing deals with United Healthcare concede it, indirectly, to hillside in a share of sovereign spending on antipsychotics,” Levine says of the group, which has 38 million members.

Despite “bought” medical institutions, prescribers and supervision regulators which outcome in over-diagnosis, overmedication and overtreatment of Americans with dangerous and costly psychiatric drugs, Mental Health, Inc. offers hope.

Non-drug, non-medical models for mental problems do exist and they work, writes Levine. Two earnest groups addressing PTSD, depression, stress and drug abuse in the military race but drugs are War Fighter Advance and Operation Tohidu. Hopefully they will turn models for other populations.


Martha Rosenberg is an inquisitive health contributor and the author of “Born With a Junk Food Deficiency: How Flaks, Quacks and Hacks Pimp the Public Health (Random House).”

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