Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Gabriel Myers - Foster kids - guinea pigs in a vast, public-financed drug experiment

Miami Herald

Child's death was anything but a suicide

April 27, 2009


Calling the death of Gabriel Myers a ''suicide'' lets his killers off the hook.

The 7-year-old was propelled by a vast conspiracy of abuse and neglect and malpractice. The boy only finished the job on April 15, when he locked himself in the bathroom of his Margate foster home and coiled a shower hose around his neck.






















We know that his mother, currently in jail in Ohio, her parental rights severed by the courts, seemed to be preoccupied with other matters, including drugs.


And we know that something awful in his short, sad life had triggered an alarming pathology of aggressive sexual behaviors. This stuff doesn't occur spontaneously. Someone, reportedly an older child, inflicted this kind of learned behavior on a small child. Gabriel was abused.

''Kids act out like this because someone hurt them,'' said Andrea Moore, the longtime child advocate in Broward County and director of Florida's Children First. ``And they are trying to tell us they're hurt.''

Gabriel was a child of obvious and urgent needs. He needed help, attention and therapy. What he got was Lexapro, Zyprexa and Symbyax (a combination of Zyprexa and Prozac). None of the three powerful psychotropic drugs doled out to Gabriel while he was a foster child was approved for children. All three drugs were known to raise the risk of ''suicidal tendencies'' in children.

And Moore points out that none of these anti-psychotic and anti-depressant drugs had a damn thing to do with repairing Gabriel's underlying problems. ``Give me a break. There is no drug that cures the pain of childhood sexual abuse.''


The drugs, which come with a long and sobering list of possible side effects in children, have been doled out to troublesome kids to make them more manageable. Eli Lilly was fined $1.4 billion -- that's billion with a B -- in March for nefariously marketing the unauthorized use of Zyprexa for children, despite the known risks. A big chunk of those kids, like Gabriel, were foster kids, whose lives by definition were inflicted with the kind of trauma apt to cause unruly behavior.

State officials across the country seemed happy to pay $25 a pill to keep their unruly wards quiet. Eli Lilly also targeted elderly Medicaid patients. The federal lawsuit cited a ``thinly veiled marketing of Zyprexa as an effective chemical restraint for demanding, vulnerable and needy patients.''

Foster kids were essentially guinea pigs in a vast, public-financed drug experiment.

Of course, safeguards supposedly protected foster kids. Florida requires so-called ''informed consent'' before some doctor pumps a kid up with psychotropics. Parents are asked first -- though most foster children would hardly be foster children if it wasn't for lousy decisions by irresponsible parents.\

Absent a parent, a judge must give the OK for psychotropics. But the courts and case workers from the Department of Children & Families are all too overwhelmed by caseloads and beset by budget cuts to spend time contesting a doctor's judgment.

''No one was looking out for Gabriel,'' Moore said.

What Gabriel got, instead of real help, were powerful adult drugs laden with dangerous side effects. His cause of death was listed as suicide. It was just another misdiagnosis.


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My husband and I have two daughters we are trying to adopt...we have been fighting the state of Texas for two years and two months.

Our girls were with us for three years, one prescription each - both non narcotic. Since their removal from us 27 months and $30,000.00 ago, every drug named in the Diane Sawyer special have been mixed in psychotropic cocktails to dose my babies with.

It IS NOT a coincidence that "The Department" (child protective - HA! - services) has had the Gabriel suicide "reversed" and deferred the blame to the foster parents. This agency will never take responsibility for the abuse and neglect they condone for the children who are in their custody!

Take this case to the Supreme Court and let's find out why this agency did not intervene in the overdose of Psychotropic cocktails that they allowed Gabriel and thousands of other foster children to be "managed" with. This story is repeated again and again in our country..."the Department" and their behavior is an epidemic killing America's children!

Although Ms. Diane Sawyer stirred the ant bed a bit, her special SERIOUSLY disappointed me because she geared the blame toward doctors. Yes the doctors sighted in her tv special are responsible, but Child Protective-HA!-Services recommends these doctors and does ZERO to intervene when a child is drugged with these psychotropic cocktails.

We are FIGHTING the Department. Fight, everyone, before your children are further harmed!! It is painful, frustrating, expensive, and the hardest thing you will ever do, but these agencies MUST be EXPOSED!!!!!!

I would love to sign this, but choose to remain anonymous until my girls are adopted, at which time you will see my face and hear my voice, united with thousands of other parents, SCREAMING from the mountain tops,"STOP THESE AGENCIES and their corruption." If I were to sign my name at this point, my kids will be tortured further...