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The Sedated Society: the Real Story of our Prescribing Epidemic

By Dr James Davies February 23, 2017 BBC 5 live — the most listened-to BBC radio station in the UK — ran a piece on rising antidepressant prescriptions last Sunday. In short, it aimed to explore why such prescriptions have doubled in the last ten years, and why, in England alone, there were over 63 […]

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CEP members publish new book: ‘The Sedated Society’

CEP is pleased to announce the publication of a new book called ‘The Sedated Society: The Causes and Harms of our Psychiatric Prescribing Epidemic’ (Palgrave Macmillan 2017).  Edited by CEP co-founder Dr James Davies, the book contains chapter contributions from a team of global experts, including Joanna Moncrieff, Peter Kinderman, Peter Breggin, Sami Timimi, Peter Gøtzsche and […]

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CEP member discusses prescribed drug dependence on Newsnight

On 6 Feb 2017 BBC Newsnight broadcast a segment covering the issue of prescribed drug dependence, which included an interview with Melanie Davies, a CEP member who runs the REST project at Mind in Camden. Also interviewed was Harry Shapiro, director of Drugwise and member of the Secretariat for the APPG for Prescribed Drug Dependence. The […]

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BBC Radio 5 live Investigates needs antidepressant case studies

BBC Radio 5 live Investigates is looking for UK residents who are prepared to talk about antidepressants for a programme this weekend. In particular, the programme is seeking individuals with the following experiences: those who are put on antidepressants and remain on them due to having little or no contact with their GP; perhaps they are just getting […]

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CEP co-founder Luke Montagu tells his story in the Daily Mail

The Daily Mail has today published an article written by Luke Montagu, co-founder of CEP, which describes his horrifying experience withdrawing from antidepressants and sleeping pills.  The article can be seen here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-4173468/My-GP-gave-antidepressants-didn-t-need-20-years.html#comments The article is adapted from a chapter written by Montagu for a forthcoming book ‘The Sedated Society: The Causes and Harms of our […]

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Dr James Davies contributes to BBC programme on prescribed drug dependence

The BBC has today broadcast a programme on BBC 5 Live which reports on the BMA’s call for a 24 hour national prescription drug helpline. Dr Andrew Green, the BMA’s GP clinical and prescribing policy lead, told the programme: “Establishing a national helpline should be a top priority to provide better service to individuals with prescribed drug […]

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Please support our campaign to recruit more MPs to demand a national helpline for prescribed drug dependence

The All Party Parliamentary Group for Prescribed Drug Dependence (APPG for PDD) is seeking to recruit more MPs to support its activities, and in particular its demand for a national helpline to support those affected by prescribed drug dependence.  The more MPs who attend APPG meetings and contribute to debates on this topic, the more […]

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Video: World Benzodiazepine Awareness Day

In the run-up to World Benzodiazepine Awareness Day, people were asked to submit short videos describing how their lives have been affected by these drugs.  These are their stories:

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Video now available of recent Westminster event on link between rising prescribing and disability

The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Prescribed Drug Dependence held an event on 11 May 2016 at Westminster to discuss evidence of the link between the rise in disability claimants and the record level of antidepressant prescribing.  The video of the event can be seen below:  

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World Benzodiazepine Awareness Day: 11 July 2016

The 11 July 2016 will be the inaugural World Benzodiazepine Awareness Day, part of a campaign to raise global awareness about the issue of doctor-induced benzodiazepine dependency, which affects millions of people worldwide and can lead to debilitating withdrawal symptoms that often last for years. You can buy t-shirts in support of this campaign at the following links (please order by 30 May): […]

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