Forced Medication in Colorado -- Selected Limited Links
People v. Medina, 705 P.2d 961
We are satisfied that the interest of both the patient and the state will be adequately served if the physician or professional person desiring to administer antipsychotic medication satisfies the court by clear and convincing evidence of the following four propositions:
Orchid Perogative: A great big shout out to our good friend & colleague retired attorney & long-time Secretary of the Elder Law Section of the Colorado Bar Association, Frank Slaninger.
Frank represented respondent Joseph P. Medina, III in the case above, still the seminal case on forced medication in the State of Colorado.
From Orchid's perspective, we -- meaning the psychiatric community and the society at large -- are going to have to come to terms with the limits of our current knowledge, and what that means from an ethical perspective regarding forced medication.
We do not say this lightly, and we are well aware that it is more than a little awkward and inconvenient, AND from Orchid's perspective neuroscientists are making the burden increasingly unsustainable for forced medication.
Orchid would argue there are therapeutic alternatives to anti-psychotics, as Colorado mental health advocate Amy Smith has been pointing out for some time now -- unfortunately, most are not in the US.
Orchid believes that an unlikely alliance among neuroscientists and mental health advocates may open the door for Open Dialogue.
Food for Thought
What are the implications of Caltech neuroscientist David Anderson's observations that:
"Indirect evidence suggests that antipsychotic medications may have adverse effects on brain anatomy and function.
Editorial above with supporting citations was written by Dr. John Sweeney, Ph.D who has served on advisory boards for Bristol-Myers Squibb, Eli Lilly, Pfizer, Roche, and Takeda and has received grant support from Janssen.
Dr. Sweeney serves in the Departments of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas.