Children in Texas FEMA Camps Forced to Take Big Pharma Drugs
Investigation reveals detained children forced to take unneeded antipsychotics
Following the recent bombshell discovery of a series of FEMA camps in Texas, investigators have revealed that the children detained in the facilities are being given highly-addictive antipsychotic drugs and Big Pharma vaccines, by force.
A series of disturbing investigative reports published by Reveal and The Texas Tribune has exposed that children in the camps are being dosed with unneeded antipsychotics to "keep them quiet and compliant" before they are vaccinated with powerful pharmaceuticals, without their parent's consent.
Some of the more gruesome details have emerged from the Shiloh Treatment Center near Houston, Texas.
A report by Reveal likened the children found in Shiloh to "zombies" in a concentration camp, saying:
"A zombie army of children forcibly injected with medications that make them dizzy, listless, obese and even incapacitated, according to legal filings that show immigrant children in U.S. custody subdued with powerful psychiatric drugs."
According to investigators, children were told by officials that they wouldn't get to see their parents again unless they took the drugs.
According to Gizmodo, the filings are part of a lawsuit filed against the federal government for alleged mistreatment of children sent to Shiloh and other FEMA camps and detention centers.
The timeline of incidents appears to predate the recent trend of children forcibly separated from their parents at the border and mostly concerns children deemed unaccompanied minors who hoped to join a parent or guardian in the US.
18 pills a day
The lawsuit includes devastating affidavits by children and parents about their alleged treatment at Shiloh, along with documentation that lays out the staggering number of drugs some children were allegedly told to take (as many as 18 pills in one day, according to one account).
The lawsuit describes children who were given these medications supposedly to help treat their depression or other mental health issues.
But in many cases, these children have alleged, they were told they had to take the drugs in order to see their parents again, while others were told the drugs were actually vitamins.
Most of the drugs mentioned in the lawsuit, such as olanzapine and quetiapine, are antipsychotics used to treat schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and depression.
But there are also drugs like prazosin, used to treat high blood pressure, post-traumatic stress disorder, and anxiety, and benzodiazepines like clonazepam, a tranquilizer used to manage seizures and panic attacks.
All antipsychotics work mainly by blocking the effects of dopamine, a neurotransmitter that normally helps neurons signal to one another in the brain but has also been implicated as a key factor in psychosis and schizophrenia.
But while these drugs are moderately effective in adults, their rising use of antipsychotics in children is a controversial issue.
There’s little safety data for many of these drugs commonly prescribed for children, especially those diagnosed with behavioral or aggression problems rather than a psychiatric illness.
And there’s some evidence that many of the known side effects of these drugs—weight gain, tremors, and an increased risk of diabetes, to name a few—are more likely to happen in children, whose brains are still developing.
Benzodiazepines, meanwhile, depress a person’s brain activity, which makes them a valuable tool to help manage seizures and sometimes anxiety.
Memory loss and hallucinations
But they can also cause hallucinations and memory loss and increase the risk of suicide and depression.
They can also become habit-forming, leading to withdrawal symptoms if people aren’t correctly eased off the medication.
And prazosin’s blood-pressure-lowering effects can cause dizziness, weakness, and fainting.
“You don’t need to administer these kinds of drugs unless someone is plucking out their eyeball or some such,” forensic psychiatrist Mark. J. Mills, who examined the medical records of these children made available through the court filings, told Reveal.
“The facility should not use these drugs to control behavior.
"That’s not what antipsychotics should be used for.
"That’s like the old Soviet Union used to do.”
Mills is referring to the fact that dissidents in the Soviet Union were routinely subjected to unnecessary psychiatric treatment.
Gizmodo contacted Shiloh Treatment Center for comment and will update this post when we hear back.
The incidents documented in the filings have emerged during the Trump administration, but the root of the problem far pre-dates Trump.
As Reveal also reported Wednesday, FEMA camps, private detention centers and shelters have been repeatedly cited for neglectful behavior, as well as sexual abuse and physical violence, toward detained children in recent years.
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But despite these complaints, Reveal’s investigation found that facilities accused of abuse or neglect have received more than $1.4 billion in federal funding by the Office of Refugee Resettlement since 2014.