Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Take Two Haloperidols And Don't Call Me

Use of Antipsychotics by the Young Rose Fivefold - New York Times:
"Shrinking access to long-term psychotherapy and hospital care may also play a role, the experts said."

It's much cheaper to prescribe a pill (especially if some or all of the cost of the drug is passed on to the patient) than to provide long-term care and treatment of any kind. As long as the bottom line counts more than quality of life, this is what will be. Maybe someday we'll have a "quality of life" pill, and then it won't be a problem.

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