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Ministers have launched an urgent review into the growing crisis of prescription drug addiction, in a victory for the Daily Mail. The Mail, backed by charities and MPs, has been campaigning for almost a year for the Government to recognise the scale of the crisis. Public health minister Steve Brine last night admitted prescription drug addiction was becoming a 'big issue' – and said he wants to stop it turning into the 'huge problem' seen in countries such as the US.

 

His review will also look into antidepressants, now relied on by one in ten Britons.Although not addictive, these drugs can cause crippling withdrawal effects to those coming off them.

cannabis: Spring 2002 - Dec. 2007; regularly smoked, stopped cold turkey; symptoms: paranoid and depressed

Paroxetine: 20 mg July 2008, 40 mg October, 20 mg spring 2009, 0 mg summer 2009

Depakote (sodium valproate): October 2008 - Spring 2009

Haloperdidol 1 week Oct. 2008, H caused seizures, went to A&E;  stopped taking it.

Citalopram few weeks in the fall of 2009 to deal with withdrawal symptoms from stopping paroxetine

Paroxetine round 2: 20 mg Feb - summer 2010 -20mg don't remeber if I went up to 40mg

Venlafaxine & sodium valproate (again): Sep 2010 - Summer 2012  

SERTRALINE: November 2012 - May 2016 , 50-100mg (few days @ 150mg in Summer '15). a complete freak out at the end of April. 

May 2016 Prescribed Lithium and Abilify HAVE NOT TAKEN

No medications May 2016 - October 2016

Hospitalised - November 13th 2016 - Prescribed 15 mg Mirtazapine/Remeron. Reducing since 24 December 2016.  9 June 2017 medication free. 

 

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Thanks for posting Distraut.

7 hours ago, Distraut said:

 antidepressants, now relied on by one in ten Britons.Although not addictive, these drugs can cause crippling withdrawal effects to those coming off them.

This sentence is ludicrous.

Its totally unacceptable to say not addictive but then mumble there are withdrawal effects.

I would guess millions have been completely hoodwinked by this cruel  pharma  tobacco company word definition game. I was.

Is it addictive. No.

And the enquiry stops there. Joe public will then not ask if there are withdrawal issues as it will now be assumed there aren’t.

And when you read up on some of these litigation cases do you  know who pharma get to defend them in court....tobacco company lawyers.

 

Thought for the day: Lets stand up, and let’s speak out , together. G Olsen

We have until the 14th. Feb 2018. 

URGENT REQUEST Please consider submitting  for the petition on Prescribed Drug Dependence and Withdrawal currently awaiting its third consideration at the Scottish Parliament. You don't even have to be from Scotland. By clicking on the link below you can read some of the previous submissions but be warned many of them are quite harrowing.

http://www.parliament.scot/GettingInvolved/Petitions/PE01651   

Please tell them about your problems taking and withdrawing from antidepressants and/or benzos.

Send by email to petitions@parliament.scot and quote PE01651 in the subject heading. Keep to a maximum of 3 sides of A4 and you can't name for legal reasons any doctor you have consulted. Tell them if you wish to remain anonymous. We need the numbers to help convince the committee members we are not isolated cases. You have until mid February. Thank you

Recovering paxil addict

None of the published articles shed light on what ssri's ... actually do or what their hazards might be. Healy 2013. 

This is so true, with anything you get on these drugs, dependance, tapering, withdrawal symptoms, side effects, just silent. And if there is something mentioned then their is a serious disconnect between what is said and reality! 

  "Every time I read of a multi-person shooting, I always presume that person had just started a SSRI or had just stopped."  Dr Mosher. Me too! 

Over two decades later, the number of antidepressant prescriptions a year is slightly more than the number of people in the Western world. Most (nine out of 10) prescriptions are for patients who faced difficulties on stopping, equating to about a tenth of the population. These patients are often advised to continue treatment because their difficulties indicate they need ongoing treatment, just as a person with diabetes needs insulin. Healy 2015

I believe the ssri era will soon stand as one of the most shameful in the history of medicine. Healy 2015

Let people help people ... in a natural, kind, non-addictive (and non-big pharma) way. J Broadley 2017

 

 

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More reporting on this review:

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/jan/24/prescription-drug-addiction-government-launches-investigation

 

The government has ordered an investigation into the growing problem of addiction to prescription drugs such as painkillers and medicines to treat anxiety and insomnia.

Steve Brine, the public health minister, has acted after it emerged that one in 11 (8.9%) patients treated by the NHS in England last year was given a drug that can induce dependency.

Fears about excessive prescription has also been boosted by the more than 100% rise in the number of antidepressants prescribed in England over the last decade and the fact that prescription of addictive medicines has increased by 3% over the last five years.

 

cannabis: Spring 2002 - Dec. 2007; regularly smoked, stopped cold turkey; symptoms: paranoid and depressed

Paroxetine: 20 mg July 2008, 40 mg October, 20 mg spring 2009, 0 mg summer 2009

Depakote (sodium valproate): October 2008 - Spring 2009

Haloperdidol 1 week Oct. 2008, H caused seizures, went to A&E;  stopped taking it.

Citalopram few weeks in the fall of 2009 to deal with withdrawal symptoms from stopping paroxetine

Paroxetine round 2: 20 mg Feb - summer 2010 -20mg don't remeber if I went up to 40mg

Venlafaxine & sodium valproate (again): Sep 2010 - Summer 2012  

SERTRALINE: November 2012 - May 2016 , 50-100mg (few days @ 150mg in Summer '15). a complete freak out at the end of April. 

May 2016 Prescribed Lithium and Abilify HAVE NOT TAKEN

No medications May 2016 - October 2016

Hospitalised - November 13th 2016 - Prescribed 15 mg Mirtazapine/Remeron. Reducing since 24 December 2016.  9 June 2017 medication free. 

 

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http://www.independent.co.uk/news/health/prescription-drug-addiction-uk-review-health-department-jeremy-hunt-care-a8174706.html

 

The Government will launch a “landmark” review into the rising problem of prescription drug addiction in the UK and avoid repeating mistakes that led to the opioid epidemic in America, ministers have said.

 

Public Health England will lead the evaluation, with a broad remit spanning commonly prescribed medications for pain, anxiety, insomnia or depression, and report back in 2019.

 

The review will speak to patients and medical professionals as well review prescribing data for highly addictive pain medications, including opioids and epilepsy drug gabapentin, sleeping pills, and antidepressants – which, while not addictive, can also cause severe symptoms when they’re discontinued.

cannabis: Spring 2002 - Dec. 2007; regularly smoked, stopped cold turkey; symptoms: paranoid and depressed

Paroxetine: 20 mg July 2008, 40 mg October, 20 mg spring 2009, 0 mg summer 2009

Depakote (sodium valproate): October 2008 - Spring 2009

Haloperdidol 1 week Oct. 2008, H caused seizures, went to A&E;  stopped taking it.

Citalopram few weeks in the fall of 2009 to deal with withdrawal symptoms from stopping paroxetine

Paroxetine round 2: 20 mg Feb - summer 2010 -20mg don't remeber if I went up to 40mg

Venlafaxine & sodium valproate (again): Sep 2010 - Summer 2012  

SERTRALINE: November 2012 - May 2016 , 50-100mg (few days @ 150mg in Summer '15). a complete freak out at the end of April. 

May 2016 Prescribed Lithium and Abilify HAVE NOT TAKEN

No medications May 2016 - October 2016

Hospitalised - November 13th 2016 - Prescribed 15 mg Mirtazapine/Remeron. Reducing since 24 December 2016.  9 June 2017 medication free. 

 

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12 hours ago, Distraut said:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5304945/Urgent-review-launched-prescription-pills.html

 

Ministers have launched an urgent review into the growing crisis of prescription drug addiction, in a victory for the Daily Mail. The Mail, backed by charities and MPs, has been campaigning for almost a year for the Government to recognise the scale of the crisis. Public health minister Steve Brine last night admitted prescription drug addiction was becoming a 'big issue' – and said he wants to stop it turning into the 'huge problem' seen in countries such as the US.

 

His review will also look into antidepressants, now relied on by one in ten Britons.Although not addictive, these drugs can cause crippling withdrawal effects to those coming off them.

 

 

Look at the last few paragraphs ....as always we allow the 'experts ' to have the confusing final say:

 

Women are twice as likely to be on them as men, and overall prescriptions have doubled in a decade.
Experts say this is partly because people are better at seeking help, .....

 

Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, of the Royal College of GPs, welcomed the review, saying: 'Many addictive medications, when prescribed and monitored correctly, and in line with clinical guidelines, can be very effective in treating a wide range of health conditions. But all drugs will have risks and potential side effects.'

 

Professor Wendy Burn, of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, added: 'Addiction is a serious mental illness and the rising number of deaths by opioids make this review timely.' 



Experts say: Give us a break from pharma propaganda. 

Helen: Stop talking nonsense. Very clever deceptive response though. Very very clever. Oh yeah whats your deftn of addictive we know its different from Joe Citizens but you wouldn't tell them that would you.

Wendy is it ONLY the opioids that concern you ? Your answer is also very clever...lets blame the person. My uncle is addicted to cigarettes does that mean he has a mental illness! So Wendy I guess what you are saying is if you didn't have a Mental illness prior to taking an ad for whatever off-label reason you definitely have a mental illness now that you are on one. 

 

 

 

Thought for the day: Lets stand up, and let’s speak out , together. G Olsen

We have until the 14th. Feb 2018. 

URGENT REQUEST Please consider submitting  for the petition on Prescribed Drug Dependence and Withdrawal currently awaiting its third consideration at the Scottish Parliament. You don't even have to be from Scotland. By clicking on the link below you can read some of the previous submissions but be warned many of them are quite harrowing.

http://www.parliament.scot/GettingInvolved/Petitions/PE01651   

Please tell them about your problems taking and withdrawing from antidepressants and/or benzos.

Send by email to petitions@parliament.scot and quote PE01651 in the subject heading. Keep to a maximum of 3 sides of A4 and you can't name for legal reasons any doctor you have consulted. Tell them if you wish to remain anonymous. We need the numbers to help convince the committee members we are not isolated cases. You have until mid February. Thank you

Recovering paxil addict

None of the published articles shed light on what ssri's ... actually do or what their hazards might be. Healy 2013. 

This is so true, with anything you get on these drugs, dependance, tapering, withdrawal symptoms, side effects, just silent. And if there is something mentioned then their is a serious disconnect between what is said and reality! 

  "Every time I read of a multi-person shooting, I always presume that person had just started a SSRI or had just stopped."  Dr Mosher. Me too! 

Over two decades later, the number of antidepressant prescriptions a year is slightly more than the number of people in the Western world. Most (nine out of 10) prescriptions are for patients who faced difficulties on stopping, equating to about a tenth of the population. These patients are often advised to continue treatment because their difficulties indicate they need ongoing treatment, just as a person with diabetes needs insulin. Healy 2015

I believe the ssri era will soon stand as one of the most shameful in the history of medicine. Healy 2015

Let people help people ... in a natural, kind, non-addictive (and non-big pharma) way. J Broadley 2017

 

 

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