Daily Mail: the NHS must help blameless victims of prescribed drug dependence

As part of their support for the campaign for a national helpline, the Daily Mail yesterday published a two page spread in the Good Health section which included the story of Pamela Wilson, a former law courts executive officer, who became dependent on painkillers for 27 years.

Dr Max Pemberton, a regular columnist, also describes how he has seen first hand the misery caused by benzodiazepine dependence.

Dr Pemberton writes: ‘With only a handful of organisations and local charities offering these innocent victims any help, the Mail is campaigning for a 24-hour national helpline to support them. It’s the very least the NHS — which helped create these addicts — could do.’

Both articles can be read here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-4419540/Painkillers-sore-neck-robbed-27-years.html

4 Responses to Daily Mail: the NHS must help blameless victims of prescribed drug dependence

  1. Fiona French 19/04/2017 at 12:00 pm #

    Whilst I appreciate the efforts being made to publicise the issue of PDD, I was extremely disappointed with some of the content in this article. The paper continues to use the words “addict” and “addiction” and they printed what was an appalling piece by Dr Max Pemberton who displayed his ignorance of the subject and comparing us to drug addicts. Either the Daily Mail does not understand the issues or it is deliberately muddying the waters. Pamela Wilson deserved better. Perhaps it is no wonder that some of the readers’ comments were extremely hurtful and based on the same ignorance as that displayed by the Dr Pemberton. If the Daily Mail truly wants to support us, it needs to do the job properly. Who is liaising with the newspaper on this?

  2. Stephen Bailey 19/04/2017 at 1:09 pm #

    We were NOT ADDICTS. Were NOT ADDICTED.
    It IS an IATROGENIC DISEASE !

    All Psych Meds, especially THE BENZODIAZEPINES, are Highly Powerful & Damage the Entire Brain & CNS, together with Peripheral & Autonomic Nervous Systems.

    Perpetrated on us, by BIG PHARMA’S LIES & Medical Establishments IGNORANCE.

    Please STOP using these INCORRECT WORDS. We have, at some time, or another fallen FOUL, of the Medical Establishments GROSS FAILURE, to assist with MINOR ISSUES, from instances of :-

    (1). Viruses, that lead to Depression.
    (2). Vaccine Damages, that lead to a Myriad of Neuro-Chemical Damages.
    (3), Slight depressive states, attributed through bullying at School, The work place & other. Plus Physical & Mental abuse from friends, families, husbands, wives etc, that could have been helped, by talking therapies & confronting the abusers AT SOURCE.
    (4). Road Traffic Accidents, Trips & Falls, that lead to Physical anguish.
    (5). Something that had broken, ie, Car that broke down, leading to issues, with many, that were already struggling to get to work places & could not readilly afford to pay high repair costs. Thus causing undue stress, worry & concerns.
    (6). A family member, that lost one, or several of their friends, family, or a pet, that attributed to excess grief.
    (7). Other reasons, that one became Depressed, Anxious, Worried & cause, is also Prescribed Medications, for any CORRECT & OR INCORRECT Medical Diagnosis, which ARE well known SIDE EFFECTS, of Chemical intakes, that attribute to Toxic Neural Poisoning. Thus DISABLING the person, in a myriad of ways, and there appears no understanding, of any of the Drugs, that continue to blight lives. No proper Care & Attention, to detail. Medics, simply ADD more COCKTAILS of MEDS to the MIX, attributing to Mass CONFUSION & Mental, Physical & Emotional Distress / DISEASES.

    All Prescribed Drugs DO & CAN Contribute to Nasty SIDE EFFECTS.

    There MUST BE more CARE & ATTENTION, with Appropriate & CORRECT DIAGNOSIS.
    No Longer any more GUESS WORK & Long Term Prescriptions of Psych Meds, that DISABLE & DESTROY the patients, who have been INCORRECTLY prescribed a LONG TERM SENTENCE of DRUGS HELL. To which these chemicals are HIGHLY DANGEROUS, in EVERY WAY.

    Some time, or other the patients, become UNCONTROLLABLY ILL, thus leading to PANIC STATES, decline in Mental, Physical & Emotional Capacities.

    The Doctors PRESCRIBE MORE DRUGS, which are MASKING the SYMPTOMS & ATTRIBUTING to MASSIVE Brain & Central Nervous System Injuries / Damage & often Death. All From, IGNORANCE & ABUSE.

  3. Stephen Bailey 19/04/2017 at 1:26 pm #

    My Above Comment, should INCLUDE: (BRIEF EXAMPLES 1 – 7 below).
    Thank You for your Valuable Support.
    Stephen Bailey.
    Long Term IATROGENIC DISEASE SUFFERER, of Now PERMANENT Brain & CNS Damages.

  4. Pamela Wilson 19/04/2017 at 2:28 pm #

    P. WILSON here. The journalist repeatedly got the truthful facts, but some editing was incorrect & extremely tame.
    My benzodiazepine history spans over 35 years particularly since my GP insisted I cold turkey after 27 years. Id a massive seizure & was completely paralysed and since have lived in a constantly progressing torture.
    My concern is that to date my neurologists refuse all expertise, including previous direct contact from Prof Ashton & the late Pam Armstring of CITA & now too the BMA recognition – recording that benzodiazepine brain damage is not viable.

    Any advice would be much appreciated. Thankyou.

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