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A new petition started calling for action on prescription drugs like antidepressants and benzodiazepines.

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A number of us have submitted a petition to the Scottish parliament asking that action be taken on PDD or Prescription Drug Dependence. The focus is on antidepressants and benzodiazepines. We ask that they acknowledge the harms these drugs are causing to many people like ourselves.

 

Read the petition below and please sign within the 4 week time limit. People from any country can leave their signature and comment. Thank you in advance and we really appreciate your support for our petition.

 

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

 

 

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Vanora

Professor Peter Gotzsche has signed our petition.

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Vanora

Just an update. We had a final figure of 285 people sign our petition, thank you to all who signed. Including Professor Peter Gotzsche we also had Dr David Healy, Professor John Read, Dr James Davies and Dr Terry Lynch add their names. The petition will be debated by the petitions Committee on the 29th June at the Scottish Parliament. I will keep you posted. 

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Vanora

The committee meeting to discuss our petition - Prescribed drug dependence and withdrawal - will meet on the 29th June at approximately 9.45am. For anyone interested in following proceedings the link to the Parliament TV is:  http://www.scottishparliament.tv/Home/Index/cc33a648-0571-48fc-ac79-b26d264c950b 

 

Please ensure you are on the webpage for Committee Room 3.

 

For those not able to follow proceedings live the video recording is archived and usually published within a few hours on the Parliament TV website under 'archive' .

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hi Vanora good on ye and thanks from someone in absolute torture trying to get off these nasty  drugs and I see you were on the devil Effexor like myself ,this drug should be banned for new prescriptions .

PB 

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Vanora

Thanks PB. A lot of people have worked very hard to get this far. We have submissions from Prof. John Read, from a NHS Consultant Psychiatrist, Dr Peter J Gordon who works within Scotland, and from The Council for Evidence Based Psychiatry. It's all good so far. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for the 29th June. I hope you manage to get off that poison Effexor, it definitely needs banning. Best of luck to you.   Vanora 

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I only so this thread now so couldn't sign. But just wanted to thank you for initiating this. We need to get this out! We are all either too busy surviving all the horrors of these drugs or don't want to be reminded of them once we get better.

 

But people have to know. Our experiences need to be validated. Thank you for keeping us updated on the progress of this initiative and best of luck in getting the word out!

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Vanora

Thank you bubble. I personally have struggled to find a doctor or psychiatrist who will accept that I have been put through hell because of withdrawal from psych drugs like antidepressants, apparently I should accept I have a mental condition that requires me to take antidepressants for life. Everyone involved in this petition is fed up with the ignorance and denial. We are trying to do our bit to educate our politicians and the wider public about this scandal. We are going to need all the luck we can get but I hope we can make a difference. I think they will find our stories hard to ignore.  

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For any of you who missed the meeting of the petitions Committee on the 29th of June here is the link:  http://www.scottishparliament.tv/20170629_public_pets?in=00:38:40&out=01:02:17

 

The panel has decided to seek the responses of the Scottish Government, the British Medical Association, the All Party Parliamentary Group on Prescription Drug Dependence, as well as the Samaritans and the Scottish Association for Mental Health. Their responses will be published on petitions Committee website in 4-6 weeks. 

 

On the same day we had some publicity in the media - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-40442178

Fiona French was prescribed a benzodiazepine for myoclonic epilepsy 40 years ago and has been left seriously unwell since coming off her benzo in 2013. She was also prescribed antidepressants for the depression she suffered during those year as a result of the benzodiazepine. Fiona no longer has epilepsy and she no longer suffers depression.

 

We also had a piece written in today's Daily Mail (30th June, 2017). The paper has carried a number of articles recently on the issue of prescription drug dependence.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-4650774/Prescriptions-antidepressants-DOUBLED.htm#reader-comments  

 

In the next parliamentary term we will have our chance to respond, hopefully the process will advance beyond this initial meeting and we will receive the recognition we deserve and fingers crossed a helpline and specialist website dedicated to helping people with prescription drug dependence to psych drugs like antidepressants and benzodiazepines.

 

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For anyone following our petition you might like to know that over the summer we had further responses from the Scottish Government, the British Medical Association, the Samaritans, the Scottish Association for Mental Health and the All Party Parliamentary Group on Prescription Drug Dependence and we, Recovery and Renewal,  responded. You can see all these new written submissions here:  http://www.parliament.scot/GettingInvolved/Petitions/PE01651

 

The Official Report of the first meeting is now available at the Parliament's website and can be accessed by following this link:  http://www.parliament.scot/parliamentarybusiness/report.aspx?r=11051

 

The date for the next Committee reconsideration has not as yet been set but is likely to be in November. Watch this space!

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 For anyone interested our petition is due for its second consideration by petition committee at the Scottish Parliament on the morning of the 7th December. I will post nearer to the date with further details.  

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Had a read through there vanora ,this article will bring great solace and validation to all of us that keep getting beaten down by the very broken and wrong system .

Brilliant thanks for the post .

PB

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Vanora

I'm glad you liked it PB. We battle for validation and this article goes a long way to redress that. Great isn't!  

Vanora. 

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Vanora

This morning our petition saw it's second petition committee consideration. I think we got quite a good response from the committee members. The Scottish government usually defends the rise in prescription rates in Scotland as evidence that more people are seeking helping for mental health problems and getting appropriate treatment but the convener questioned this argument. Newly released Scottish suicide statistics which shows a rise for the period 2009-2015 were added to the evidence, a new report published on the 14th November, 2017 indicating that, "Over half (59%) had at least one mental health drug prescription dispensed within 12 months of death. Over four out of five (82%) of these individuals were prescribed an antidepressant drug, alone or in combination with other medication..." was also duly noted. They acknowledged the Welsh petition on prescribed drug dependence that saw it's first consideration on the 5th of December.  

 

There was an earlier petition which the committee felt had considerable tie-in with our own. Annette McKenzie lost her 16 year old daughter to an overdose of Propanol, she had no idea that her daughter had been prescribed this drug and now wants to ensure that under-18s cannot be prescribed meds to treat mental health issues without parental consent.  

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-38680233#

 

Maureen Watt Minister for Mental Health in the Scottish government will be interviewed by the petitions committee early in 2018. Hopefully more positive things will follow.    

 

 

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