A 15-year old boy from China has died less than one day after entering a treatment camp for internet addiction.
Four staff members have been arrested amidst allegations that the boy was beaten to death.
“Some estimates suggest up to 10% of the country’s 100 million web users under could be addicted, and a growing number of rehabilitation services exist.
However, there is little consensus on how to treat the addiction.
Tao Ran, director of the country’s first internet addiction treatment clinic in Beijing, told The Associated Press (AP) that most camps chose to use military-style discipline over scientific methods.”
After administering thousands of electroshock “treatments” to videogame and internet addicts, China has decided to ban the procedure because ” it has no foundation in clinical research or evidence.”
“Patients are given psychotropic drugs as well as electro-shocks, at a cost of 5,500 yuan (805 USD) a month. Most of them were sent to the hospital by force, the China Youth Daily added.”
Forced hospitalization, ECT, and psychotropic medications (which have not been shown to be effective treatments) administered by people who are not qualified therapists at the cost of $800 per month?
Yes, I think we can agree that banning this practice is the right decision.