Archive for June, 2009
…and rightfully so. Ted Scouten, reporter for the local news in Fort Lauderdale, FL, CBS4, is getting concerns about Dr. Punjwani, the prescriber of multi-drugs to 7 year old Gabriel Myers before his self-hanging suicide. Another family steps forward to tell their story of their son, Emilio Villamar. Emilio was only 16 years old when he died of a heart attack brought on by the multiple psychiatric drugs he was prescribed by the now famous Dr. Punjwani. It is also reported that 13% of children in the DCF foster child system are on psychiatric drugs. 16% of those are being given drugs without parental consent. 13% of this population is higher than the national average of 4% being prescribed these mind-altering drugs. As doctors continue to prescribe many of these drugs off-label to children, we will have to question ourselves, as nurses, as to our support of this treatment. Again, I have to point to our Code of Ethics and any support to harmful practices. There are also many questions as to Full Informed Consent being given or not to these parents. We know that the children aren’t going to be given any information as to what they are putting in their mouths, trustingly, from the adults in charge of their care. But I implore my fellow nurses to push our Code of Ethics in this arena and question such use without Full Informed Consent and for God’s sake grow a backbone and say no if you think it’s harming these children. You’ll sleep better at night.