The drug Risperdal is prescribed to young children for “behavior problems” and to control ADHD. Black boys are more likely than any other group in the country to be prescribed psychiatric medication. Many psychologists believe that the drugs are overused on black boys as a way to control them and to make them more docile. It also has an impact on behavioral problems later down the road, leading to incarceration, addiction and other ailments.
Drs. Umar Johnson, Juwanza Kunjufu, Boyce Watkins and others have spoken out against the over-prescription of such drugs, and this video below might be one of the reasons why.
The drug was found to cause boys to overproduce the hormone that creates breasts in women. The boy discussed below was taking the drug for seven years, and as a teenager, he ended up growing breasts. This led to tremendous “fear and humiliation” for the teen, pushing him further into seclusion.
His mother noticed the problem and after a series of tests, it was determined that the drug was the cause of her son’s ailments. Sam Wilson, the boy in the video, says that his friends bullied him so much that he didn’t want to engage in any physical activities at school.
A psychiatrist gave Sam the drug at the age of 10. His mother Pam called the office of the company that made the drug, Jensen. She says that when she told them what was going on with her son, they told her that this wasn’t possible. But she went to yet another doctor, who confirmed her suspicions.
According to TheRoot.com:
Black children are still diagnosed and medicated less frequently than white children, but they are catching up fast. Between 2001 and 2010, there was a 70 percent increase in diagnoses among black boys and girls ages 5 to 11, according to a Kaiser Permanente study released last year.
The video is below. Watch it and tell us what you think.