Atlanta Paper Uncovers Preventable Deaths in Psych Incarceration Units

This Was Sent Out in: The Big Muddy River Newsletter

08/27/2008   “When in doubt, tell the truth.”  Mark Twain, 1835-1910

…more Americans have died in psychiatric institutions than American soldiers killed in battle in all the wars since 1776-including World Wars I and II, Korean War, Vietnam War, Gulf Wars and Iraq War.

Missouri is not the only state with massive abuse in its state psychiatric institutions. Fraud and abuse is endemic to the psychiatric mental healthindustry. What are you going to do about it? Get the facts! Fight back!

Atlanta Journal-Constitution Exposed 115 Suspicious Patient Deaths in Psychiatric Wards

Physical Abuse, Massive Drugging and Medical Neglect Among Common Abuses

In the early morning of February 13, 2006, 14-year-old Sarah Crider, on a cocktail of psychiatric drugs, died alone at the Georgia Regional psychiatric hospital, lying in a pool of her own vomit. Her horrific and preventable death was exposed in an investigation by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC), described in a January 7, 2007 article, which uncovered at least 115 suspicious patient deaths in Georgia’s state psychiatric hospitals between 2002-2006, involving patients choking on food, lack of proper medical care, suicide,physical restraint and other unnatural causes.

The AJC article reported that the findings—“employees beating patients with aluminum pipes to doctors widely prescribing sedatives just to maintain order-evoke images [of horrific psychiatric treatment] from the mid-20th century….” According to the Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) a mental health watchdog, in just 4 decades, more Americans have died in psychiatric institutions than American soldiers killed in battle in all the wars since 1776-including World Wars I and II, Korean War, Vietnam War, Gulf Wars and Iraq War.

A testament to the barbaric conditions still found in psychiatric facilities today, the AJC reported that at the end of her last visit to Sarah at the hospital, Sarah’s grandmother “heard a loud, prolonged scream from behind the locked door to Sarah’s unit. A hospital employee explained that a patient was being restrained.” According to Dr. Bernard Aarons, former director of the Center for Mental Health Services, restraint deaths by mental health staff could result in as much as 150 deaths a year.

Due to exposure of these needless and tragic abuses, federal regulations in the United States now prohibit the use of physical and chemical restraints to coerce or discipline psychiatric patients. However, with government-funded psychiatric institutions lacking independent oversight, deaths, rapes and abuses occurring in the facilities routinely go uninvestigated and unpunished.

For more information on child deaths resulting from psychiatric “treatment,” read The Silent Death of America’s Children, a publication by the Citizens Commission on Human Rights, or click here to learn more about violent and lethal restraints in psychiatric facilities.

Public Service Announcement

Have you or someone you know ever been abused or harmed by psychiatric or other mental health treatment? Report psychiatric abuse – it’s a crime! Call CCHR St. Louis (314) 727-8307. All information will be held in strict confidence.
Psychiatric Abuse Hot Line (314) 727-8307
Office (314) 727-8307
P.O. Box 300256
St. Louis, MO 63130-9256


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