(BLP) – It seems as though one of the most frightening trends in America this year is the growing push to exclude parents from their own children’s medical care.
In today’s example, a Washington state high school was recently exposed for prescribing a student anti-depressants without first informing his parents.
This story initially gained traction after the boy’s father went viral in a TikTok video (which was later shared by Libs of Tik Tok) where he claimed that his son’s school prescribed the teen medication without informing or waiting for approval from his mom or dad.
This allegedly went on for months – WATCH:
Dad claims a school in Washington State put his 15-year-old child on antidepressants without notifying him pic.twitter.com/ivxsUVWjH8
— Libs of TikTok (@libsoftiktok) July 6, 2022
“I get a call today from the counselor at the high school,” Eli Holt, a Snohomish resident, said in the video. “They proceed to say, ‘Your child, 15 years old, did not pick up his anti-depressants at the end of the school year.”
“I said, ‘He’s not on antidepressants, what are you talking about? My kid is not depressed.’” the father continued. “They proceed to tell me that they had a psychiatrist come to the school and give my kid antidepressants. He’s been on them for several months and I had no knowledge.”
The father, clearly frustrated with the news and for never being notified by the school about the anti-depressants, was later shocked to learn that many states, including Washington, allow schools to give out prescriptions to any minor over the age of 13 without parental content if they are seeking treatment for mental health services.
“I knew nothing about it. Come to find out, it’s 100% legal. They can do whatever they want with our kids in Washington State within the school program.”
More specifically, a Washington state law known as The Adolescent Behavioral Health Care Access Act, “gives parents and providers more leverage in the treatment of a young person who does not want to or cannot independently seek medical help for a mental illness and/or substance use disorder.”
Under this law, students “may initiate an evaluation and treatment for outpatient and/or inpatient mental health services, substance use disorder (SUD) treatment, or withdrawal management without parental consent.”
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The minor also “has the right to receive services in the least restrictive setting. A youth is admitted for inpatient treatment only if the professional in charge of the facility concurs with the need for treatment and the youth meets criteria for this level of care.”
Holt’s son apparently believed that his father knew about the pills because he usually has a “good line of communication” with the school. Regardless, Holt never knew about the prescriptions over the past several months. And he probably still wouldn’t have known about the anti-depressants had his son picked them up at the end of the school year.
Holt would later go on to slam the school in another video for prescribing his son with anti-depressants despite not knowing about his medical history.