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Exposed: National disgrace as a quarter of a million patients are turned into DRUG ADDICTS by their doctors

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Exposed: National disgrace as a quarter of a million patients are turned into DRUG ADDICTS by their doctors

 

 Article in Daily Mail exposing the medical profession of over-prescribing of Benzos and anti-depressants

 

This is why today the Mail is backing a plea to the Government issued by the British Medical Association, the Royal College of Psychiatrists, the British Psychological Society and 16 other leading medical organisations and patient groups for a national 24-hour helpline for people innocently hooked on prescription drugs.

 

Even when it's done properly, withdrawal from benzodiazepines can take 'months or years', says the Royal College of Psychiatrists. 

Withdrawal should be done gradually, and only with proper support, adds Stephen Buckley, Mind's spokesperson on mental health problems and their treatments.

'We hear from lots of people who have been on antidepressants for a long time and want to come off them but with limited time and money and a huge number of patients to see, not every GP is set up to help,' he says.

Indeed, while some GPs are aware of side-effects and withdrawal effects, and understand, for example, the importance of slowly reducing the dose, 'others deny that the drugs can cause these problems, or insist on rapid tapers which can cause great harm to patients', according to a report on the helpline proposal presented to the Government last year.

GPs point to a lack of specialist services to which they can refer patients.

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Just read it .......

 

'I cannot thank the Daily Mail enough for publicly backing the call for a helpline and an inquiry,' he says.

'This scandal has been swept under the carpet for decades by governments terrified of taking the lid off a Pandora's box. 

'In the process they have ignored the suffering of innocent patients who've only taken these drugs as directed by their doctors.'


'And yet — unlike illicit drugs — there are hardly any dedicated services to support them.'

 

'But because there is no specific help available, we believe a lot more people are just not coming forward.'

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Well the truth continues to come out but in all honesty will anything change...lets hope so.

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The Daily Mail is regarded by many in the UK as not the paper of choice - to say the least.

 

However, the message in the article will seem loud, clear and reasonably informed to many of us on SA.

So, here's hoping some good and an end of suffering for those experiencing or having experienced the misery of years - even decades - of a life dominated by prescribed drugs. (Including self.)

 

Thanks for posting, D.  (thumbs).

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Great post heard it on radio this morning ,it's up to us to prove doctors wrong no pressure ha

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