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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Report from the latest meeting of the APPG for Prescribed Drug Dependence

Dr James Davies writes: On Wednesday 11th May, CEP brought into the heart of Westminster some of the leading figures in critical psychiatry to discuss the link between rising mental health disability claims and rising psychiatric prescriptions. Hosted by the All Party Parliamentary Group for Prescribed Drug Dependence, for which CEP provides the secretariat, the event […]

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Politicians and experts meet at parliament to explore link between record antidepressant prescribing and disability

The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Prescribed Drug Dependence is meeting on 11 May at Westminster to discuss evidence of the link between the rise in disability claimants and the record level of antidepressant prescribing.  The event is being hosted by Paul Flynn MP, co-chair of the APPG. Robert Whitaker, the Pulitzer-shortlisted science journalist and author, […]

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Psychology Today: Dr James Davies describes the harmfulness of psychiatry

CEP co-founder Dr James Davies was interviewed by Dr Eric Maisel in Psychology Today about the harmfulness of psychiatry: “If [people] really knew the facts, they would think again, or at the very least, make more informed choices… diagnostic manuals resting on no solid empirical foundations; the safety and efficacy of drugs being grossly overstated; unrestrained […]

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Call for independent review of use of Prozac to treat depressed children

Jerome Burne, a freelance health journalist who writes regularly for the Daily Mail, has called for an independent review of the use of Prozac to treat depressed children.  In an article for the online blog HealthInsightUK Burne cites a study which shows that the proportion of suicidal events among children taking Prozac was more than three times greater than […]

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CEP co-founder Luke Montagu gives talk at BMA meeting on prescribed drug dependence

Talk given by Luke Montagu at BMA meeting on prescribed drug dependence on 25 February 2016: Seven years ago I was an entrepreneur running a group of film businesses, which included the UK’s largest film school as well as film production & post-production companies. But I was worried by the prescription drugs I was taking […]

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British Medical Association commits to various actions to tackle prescribed drug dependence

The British Medical Association held a meeting on 25 February to agree actions required to tackle prescribed drug dependence, covering benzodiazepines, z-drugs, antidepressants and opiate painkillers.  This follows the BMA’s request for evidence on this issue in 2014, which led to the publication of their analysis report last year. The meeting was chaired by Baroness Hollins and included […]

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