I'm not sure if this has been posted before but whilst doing further research this evening I came across this petition.
James Moore has a wonderful vision and is trying to achieve the following...
We want the Pharmaceutical manufacturers to produce “drug tapering kits” which provide the most commonly prescribed medications in decreasing doses over a period of time.
We need tapering kits to help the millions of users of psychoactive pharmaceutical drugs because:
Many tablets are only available in increments that are so large that they are useless for gradual lowering (tapering) of the dose.
Liquid forms for some medications are available but tend to be hugely expensive and therefore the NHS will not provide them.
Pill cutting is, at best, a hit and miss affair.
Many doctors and psychiatrists confuse the symptoms of withdrawal with a return of the symptoms that the tablet was originally prescribed for.
These kits would save a significant amount of time for General Practitioners, Psychiatrists and Community Mental Health teams.
These kits would help users of psychiatric medications stop taking them safely and in a controlled fashion, giving them control over their drug intake.
The pharmaceutical companies are already set up to manufacture massive quantities of these drugs, therefore it cannot be a huge additional cost to manufacture tablets of decreasing dosages. At most this is likely to be a tiny fraction of a percentage of profit but would win a huge amount of public confidence that the Pharmaceutical firms have their customers safety at heart.
He has initiated a petition for the Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, which I feel we all should sign. It's too late for many of us but I know you'll all agree with me that such support and guidance would have made tapering and withdrawal a easier journey. If it helps one person to not experience the hell I've been through it's worth it!
Please sign and read more here...
You can hear my story on the Let's Talk Withdrawal podcast. Its a global weekly podcast created by James Moore that interviews experts and others suffering from the awful effects of psychiatric medication. Here's how to listen...
If you have an iPhone, iPad or PC/Mac with iTunes, this link will take you to the iTunes Store where you can subscribe so each new episode will download automatically...
Or you can also listen and download each episode here on any device...
Started AD aged 14 (1997)
Stopped AD Escitralopram aged 33 (May 14th 2016) weaned down from 20mg to 1mg
10 months SSRI free since May 2016