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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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Wife of CEP co-founder talks to Mail on Sunday about his dependence on prescribed drugs

Julie Montagu, wife of Luke Montagu the co-founder of CEP, is interviewed in the Mail on Sunday today about his horrifying experience withdrawing from an antidepressant and sleeping pill.

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New study shows disability claims for mental disorders in UK have doubled over past 20 years

A new paper by Sebastiao Viola and Joanna Moncrieff in the British Journal of Psychiatry shows that disability claims for mental disorders in the UK rose from 572,000 claims in 1995 to 1,162,000 claims in 2014.  Of the claims in 2014, over 44% were for depressive disorders while 23% were for anxiety and other neurotic disorders.  This […]

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Review of CEP conference ‘More Harm than Good’ in latest Human Givens Journal

The new issue of the Human Givens Journal includes a comprehensive review of CEP’s conference last year entitled ‘More Harm than Good: Confronting the Psychiatric Medication Epidemic’. In addition, the journal contains an article which covers the recent BMA report on prescribed drug dependence, for which CEP contributed evidence. Both articles can be downloaded via […]

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