Psychiatrist and – if you recall – former TD Dr Moosajee Bhamjee has been doing some… I’ll call it lateral thinking about Ireland’s worryingly high suicide rate. While others wring their hands, he at least has suggested a solution: Medicating the water. He believes that a small dose of lithium salts would go unnoticed by most of us, while being effective enough as a mood stabiliser to lower the suicide rate.
I was going to go into a long tirade about the problems with this, but in the end I think I can boil it all down to a single question:
Is he mad?
To quote the Oxford Handbook of Psychiatry:
As Lithium is a highly toxic ion, safe and effective therapy requires monitoring of serum levels. Up to 75% of patients treated with lithium will experience some side effects.
And frankly, I would describe that as the least worrying aspect of introducing forced psychoactive medication to an entire population.
- Medication without consent (aboundingwellness.wordpress.com)
- Psychiatrist wants to add Lithium to the water in Ireland as suicide prevention plan (bipolarsoupkitchen-stephany.blogspot.com)