Saturday, October 31, 2009

What I Learned Part 3


Psychiatric evaluations were done on all homicide defendants over five
years in one Pennsylvania county. Forty-three percent of defendants
had no Axis I disorder.

One 300 mg pill of Wellbutrin sold in the underground economy of the
South Dakota state prison system is worth the equivalent of one week
of inmate wages.

Male and female homicide offenders are exposed to physical abuse and
traumatic events at equal rates in childhood, but women are less
likely to exhibit antisocial and aggressive behavior in childhood.

In California, the law allows jails to be considered "treatment
facilities" for the purposes of involuntary medication.

Reed Elsevier owns Lexis Nexis and ChoicePoint, the two biggest
information databases in the country. In Australia lawyers are able to
serve subpoenas through Facebook.

Twenty-two states have laws allowing for psychiatric advanced
directives.

A one year followup study of offenders under community supervision
showed that about half were on prescribed medication. A quarter of the
prescriptions were for controlled substances, generally Xanax or
Klonopin prescribed by a family physician or an ER. Intravenous drug
use was rare. This study was done on 336 offenders in Iowa, where 98%
of citizens have a high school diploma. Their offenders are more
educated than the average Baltimore citizen. The average offender IQ
was 108.

Univ of Conn did a study of psychiatry residents rotating at a prison
outpatient clinic and compared their ratings of the rotation to
rotations at free society sites. The prison clinic had higher ratings
on all measures---patient diversity, case load, safety and other
factors. Half of the students went on to work in the public sector.

(The pumpkin was added by Dinah, but it was carved by ClinkShrink...
Happy Halloween from the Shrink Rappers!)