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  • Culture of Fear

    A University of Minnesota hospital insider comes forward with secret recordings which reveal a "culture of fear" and a "research at all costs" attitude in which the well being of extremely vulnerable psychiatric patients takes a back seat to having them participate in drug trials. The series includes a profile of one patient who's own medical records provide compelling evidence he was coerced into taking an experimental drug that nearly drove him to commit suicide. Another report probes the haunting case of a UM psychiatrist who diagnosed a teenager with a mental illness and determined he needed medication to reduce the threat of violent behaviors. But the doctor did not disclose his findings to the boy's family. Weeks later the boy, who was still un-medicated, went on a killing spree.
  • State Restrains Psychiatric Patients At High Rate

    Between 2001 and 2007, Connecticut hospitals have been cited by the federal government for overuse of restraints and seclusions involving psychiatric patients. When the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released for the first time data on hospital restraints it was an opportunity to report on the restraint practices at Connecticut's hospitals.
  • Breakdown

    BREAKDOWN was a set of Star Tribune stories examining failures in Minnesota’s public mental health system that have left thousands of psychiatric patients languishing in county jails or discharged without proper care – often with dangerous or deadly results. Four stories were formal, heavily-investigated installments of the series; four others were spot stories written off news related to the core premise.
  • Crazy: A Father's Search Through America's Mental Health Madness

    This book interweaves two stories. The first details the author's struggle to help his adult son grapple with the public health system and find meaningful treatment after being diagnosed with a mental illness. The second story describes a year-long investigation in which the author examined the conditions under which psychotic prisoners are often kept. The two stories together show American abandons chronically mentally ill people.
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    States News Service (Washington, D.C.) reports that the U.S. government is on the verge of lifting its near-ban on experiments with hallucinogenic drugs like LSD and Ecstacy for therapeutic purposes; researchers contend that hallucinogenic drugs have been shown to benefit the terminally ill, alcoholics and some psychiatric patients due to experiences many describe as "religious," July 27, 1992.
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    New York Newsday series reports that 104 New York psychiatric patients died under torturous circumstances because of poor care, and that 350 doctors found guilty of sexual abuse, drug-pushing, malpractice and other offenses were allowed to keep practicing after their licenses were revoked or suspended, June, July and December 1991.
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    WCCO-TV (Minneapolis) reports on sexual abuse of young psychiatric patients by doctors at a private hospital and the failure of the Minnesota Board of Medical Examiners to properly police doctors, October - December 1984.