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News ::
world's worst knock-knock joke: we've tried to warn you...
09 Jul 2001
We've tried to warn you. Now it's already too late in forty states. If you're a U.S. citizen, you'd better be quiet, well-behaved and pleasantly conformist. Involuntary outpatient commitment (IOC) is law in 40 states and the District of Columbia. The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI), largely a drug company front group, has pushed hard for IOC in every state and territory - and NAMI is winning.
In six states (Delaware, Idaho, Michigan, Rhode Island, Texas, Wisconsin) the "make your home a loony bin" law is backed up with a NAMI-inspired double whammy, the Program of Assertive Community Treatment. PACT, they call it. It calls for Nurse Nasty to knock at your door twice a day. You must answer the door with a beverage and swallow your dose on the spot. Otherwise, this "hospital without walls" can get a court order to stick you in a psych ward.

Your treatment team--police, professionals, loved ones -- will gather to
strategize on returning you to normalcy. Their strategy might be a quick trip to a lockup, or round-the-clock peer pressure to take your medicine.

The "medicine" might be Prolixin, Haldol, Clozapine or any of a hundred
heavy-duty neuroleptics. Your dose might even be what the industry calls a "depot injection," a subcutaneous implant that lasts for days.

See much more on this topic, including links about how you can help protect yourself or someone you care about at the link provided. Knowledge is power!
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