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A major national newspaper is looking for people living in the UK willing to share recent stories of negative effects while trying to withdraw from benzodiazepines, antidepressants and / or opioid painkillers.

The newspaper is particularly looking for recent stories from those who experienced one or more of the following:

- You were prescribed the drugs for longer than you should have been
- You tried repeatedly to withdraw without support
- Your doctor was unable or unwilling to help with withdrawal
- You were told to go cold turkey by your doctor
- You eventually managed to withdraw but only with support from a charity or online forum or Facebook
- You were sent to traditional drug and alcohol services but discovered these were inappropriate
- You were told that your symptoms were due to a disorder and not the drug withdrawal

The newspaper is also looking for stories from family members / partners who provided support during withdrawal, as well as from bereaved families where patients were driven to suicide because of intolerable symptoms.

Ideally, you would be willing to be named and photographed for the paper. Interviews will be handled sensitively and will be conducted by journalists who have experience in this area.

If you are interested, please send a short version of your story as well as contact details to admin@cepuk.org and we will forward to the newspaper.

The All Party Parliamentary Group for Prescribed Drug Dependence and the Council for Evidence-based Psychiatry are keen to support this initiative as part of our effort to lobby for appropriate withdrawal services, including a national helpline. Your help is needed! Please share!

 

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nz11

Thanks for posting.

 

I can tick 6 of the boxes.

When i demanded answers i wasnt  sent anywhere except to a psychiatrist. That was a very dangerous place to be sent.How stupid to think they could tell me something helpful and useful. All i got was a barrage of  'alternative facts. '

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Terry4949

A major national newspaper is looking for people living in the UK willing to share recent stories of negative effects while trying to withdraw from benzodiazepines, antidepressants and / or opioid painkillers.

The newspaper is particularly looking for recent stories from those who experienced one or more of the following:

- You were prescribed the drugs for longer than you should have been- You tried repeatedly to withdraw without support

- Your doctor was unable or unwilling to help with withdrawal

- You were told to go cold turkey by your doctor

- You eventually managed to withdraw but only with support from a charity or online forum or Facebook

- You were sent to traditional drug and alcohol services but discovered these were inappropriate

- You were told that your symptoms were due to a disorder and not the drug withdrawal

 

The newspaper is also looking for stories from family members / partners who provided support during withdrawal, as well as from bereaved families where patients were driven to suicide because of intolerable symptoms.

Ideally, you would be willing to be named and photographed for the paper. Interviews will be handled sensitively and will be conducted by journalists who have experience in this area.

If you are interested, please send a short version of your story as well as contact details to admin@cepuk.org and we will forward to the newspaper.

The All Party Parliamentary Group for Prescribed Drug Dependence and the Council for Evidence-based Psychiatry are keen to support this initiative as part of our effort to lobby for appropriate withdrawal services, including a national helpline. Your help is needed! Please share!

 

A major national newspaper is looking for people living in the UK willing to share recent stories of negative effects while trying to withdraw from benzodiazepines, antidepressants and / or opioid painkillers.

The newspaper is particularly looking for recent stories from those who experienced one or more of the following:

- You were prescribed the drugs for longer than you should have been- You tried repeatedly to withdraw without support

- Your doctor was unable or unwilling to help with withdrawal

- You were told to go cold turkey by your doctor

- You eventually managed to withdraw but only with support from a charity or online forum or Facebook

- You were sent to traditional drug and alcohol services but discovered these were inappropriate

- You were told that your symptoms were due to a disorder and not the drug withdrawal

 

The newspaper is also looking for stories from family members / partners who provided support during withdrawal, as well as from bereaved families where patients were driven to suicide because of intolerable symptoms.

Ideally, you would be willing to be named and photographed for the paper. Interviews will be handled sensitively and will be conducted by journalists who have experience in this area.

If you are interested, please send a short version of your story as well as contact details to admin@cepuk.org and we will forward to the newspaper.

The All Party Parliamentary Group for Prescribed Drug Dependence and the Council for Evidence-based Psychiatry are keen to support this initiative as part of our effort to lobby for appropriate withdrawal services, including a national helpline. Your help is needed! Please share!

 

I have tried to send my story to the link above but it does not seem to be recognising it ,

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Vanora

If I could just add to the above post re a major UK newspaper seeking patient stories of drug withdrawal, this paper wants to hear from people who have had their experience of benzodiazepines/sleeping tablets, antidepressants, and opioid pain killers particularly in the last 10 years and not to be ageist but they especially want to hear from those who are younger, I think this is designed to show that this is very much a current issue.

 

When I came on here last I was struggling to come off diazepam as well as a Z-drug after a year and a half striving to survive from a brutal withdrawal from Effexor, that was back in 2013. As of November 5th of that same year I have been psych drug free after over 30 years of taking antidepressants. I strongly suspect that my healing was considerably compromised not only by my length of time on antidepressants but also by additional psychiatric drugs and benzodiazepines in particular. People such as myself are calling on the UK government via petition to launch an independent inquiry into benzodiazepine use, we have known of the problems around dependence and withdrawal at least since the 1960s and yet people are still having their health harmed by this class of drugs. Anyone from anywhere in the world is welcome to sign, we already have the signature of Prof Malcom Lader, a renowned expert on benzodiazepines and the BMA is taking a close interest on the progress of this petition. Please sign if you have been damaged by benzodiazepines or if you know of anyone in this situation. Every signature will count. Thank you.  

 

https://www.change.org/p/health-select-committee-an-independent-inquiry-into-benzodiazepines    

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Vanora

If anyone is having any problems connecting to the admin@cepuk.org link they may send their stories to claire@benzoinfo.com.

 

 

 

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peacepresent

I am interested I have drug withdrawal experience with eczema induced by topical and oral steroids as well as antidepressants and anti psychotic withdrawal that I am now in. I am also young!

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Vanora

Thank you Pete, we are really struggling to get more people to come forward. You can contact the journalist at jo_waters15@hotmail.com or telephone 0208 289 1777. Hope things are going ok for you.

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Vanora

We are still keen to hear from people in the UK who are prepared to share their negative experiences of withdrawal from antidepressants, benzodiazepines/sleeping tablets and opioid pain killers. The journalist Jo Waters would like to hear specifically from people in their 20s having received enough material from those older and if you are in the unfortunate position of having suffered a loss of a family member or partner due as a result of intolerable withdrawal symptoms please contact Jo who will treat your story with the utmost sympathy. This article needs people who are prepared to go on the record. Every piece of publicity helps our chances of bringing prescription drug dependence to a wider public as well as helping our efforts to gain specialist withdrawal services and a national helpline. Jo can be contacted at the above telephone number and email address. Thank you. 

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DrugfreeProf

I wrote offered to share my story about my daughter Lexi's horrific protracted withdrawal and my older daughter, Monique's, suicide in 2007, almost certainly due to ADs.  Both of them in their 20s.  I got a very nice note back from a fellow sufferer named Claire, who is helping coordinate the stories to be used. She said that they unfortunately will only use reports from the UK (I'm in the U.S.)  I will, ihowever, have the fortunate opportunity to be interviewed in April by the wonderful James Moore for his program, Let's Talk Withdrawal, where I'll have the opportunity to speak out against these legalized poisons and big pharma criminality.  He's so far archived around four interviews, all excellent, especially the one by Peter Gotszche. 

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Vanora

I am so very sorry to hear about your daughters' terrible experiences with ADs, I cannot begin to imagine what you are going through. To lose a daughter must be unbearable. It is a great pity that we cannot use your story as we are having problems getting people to go on record which is perhaps understandable, it's a pretty daunting thought for some especially as many are fragile and ill. It's so frustrating that the outside world regards ADs as mostly benign though you and I know this isn't true. This article could help our cause tremendously but we need more people to come forward. I am glad that you will at least be able to tell your story in Let's Talk Withdrawal. James is doing a fantastic job with his podcast and I couldn't hear enough from Peter Gotzsche. Thank you for making what must have been a less than easy decision to speak out about your experiences, I hope that one day we will make a real difference and have these poisons consigned to history. 

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Terry4949

I have written my story and would like to participate in the above , but I cannot seem to send it to the above admin@cepuk.org has anyone else had trouble in sending their story to this site

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Vanora

HI Terry,

 

If the CEPUK link doesn't work you can contact the journalist Jo Waters directly at the telephone number 0208 289 1777 as well as her mobile number 07971 286 878 or at the email address jo_waters15@hotmail.com. I hope that will help you out.

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