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Posted 22 January 2008 - 11:04 PM

'ILLEGAL' Drugs Kill MANY Less people than Prescribed Drugs!

-PAY ATTENTION FOLKS-WAR ON DRUGS IS… A WAR ON PEOPLE*

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By Christopher Kent, D.C., J.D.


Recreational drugs, including cocaine and heroin, are responsible for an estimated 10,000-20,000 American deaths per year.

While this represents a serious public health problem, it is a 'smokescreen'… for America's real drug problem.

AMERICA'S 'WAR ON DRUGS' IS DIRECTED AT THE WRONG ENEMY . It is obvious that interdiction, stiff mandatory sentences, and more vigorous enforcement of drug laws have failed.

The reason is simple. Cause and effect have been reversed.

The desire to solve problems by taking drugs is a product of our culture. When a child is taught by loving parents that the appropriate response to pain or discomfort is taking a pill, it is obvious that such a child, when faced with the challenges of adolescence, will seek comfort by taking drugs.

Drugs are Dangerous Whether Pushed or Prescribed:
While approximately 10,000 per year die from the effects of illegal drugs, an article in the 'Journal of the American Medical Association'… JAMA… reported that AN ESTIMATED 106,000 HOSPITALIZED PATIENTS DIE EACH YEAR FROM DRUGS WHICH, BY MEDICAL STANDARDS, ARE PROPERLY PRESCRIBED AND PROPERLY ADMINISTERED. MORE THAN TWO MILLION SUFFER SERIOUS SIDE EFFECTS.

An article in 'Newsweek' put this into perspective. Adverse drug reactions, from 'properly' prescribed drugs, are the fourth leading cause of death in the United States.

According to this article, only heart disease, cancer, and stroke kill more Americans than drugs prescribed by medical doctors. Reactions to prescription drugs kill more than twice as many Americans as HIV/AIDS or suicide. Fewer die from accidents or diabetes than adverse drug reactions.

It is important to point out the limitations of this study. It did not include outpatients, cases of malpractice, or instances where the drugs were not taken as directed.

According to another AMA publication, drug related "problems" kill as many as 198,815 people, put 8.8 million in hospitals, and account for up to 28% of hospital admissions. [5] If these figures are accurate, only cancer and heart disease kill more patients than drugs.

Has the situation improved………….?

Since the publication of this information? Hardly. Null et al have published the most comprehensive and well-documented study I have seen of deaths associated with medical practice. In this report, their research revealed some shocking facts. The findings are summarized in the abstract.

A definitive review and close reading of medical peer-review journals, and government health statistics shows that American medicine frequently causes more harm than good.

The number of people having in-hospital, adverse drug reactions (ADR) to prescribed medicine is 2.2 million. Dr. Richard Besser, of the CDC, in 1995, said the number of unnecessary antibiotics prescribed annually for viral infections was 20 million. Dr. Besser, in 2003, now refers to tens of millions of unnecessary antibiotics.

The number of unnecessary medical and surgical procedures performed annually is 7.5 million. The number of people exposed to unnecessary hospitalization annually is 8.9 million.

The total number of iatrogenic deaths shown in the following table is 783,936. It is evident that the American medical system is the leading cause of death and injury in the United States. The 2001 heart disease annual death rate is 699,697…the annual cancer death rate…553,251.
Drugs Number One Killer

The authors conclude: 'When the number one killer in a society is the healthcare system…then…that system has no excuse except to address its own urgent shortcomings'.

It's a failed system in need of immediate attention. What we have outlined in this paper are insupportable aspects of our contemporary medical system that need to be changed…beginning at its very foundations'.

A recent article in 'Archives of Internal Medicine' stated that in the seven year period from 1998 through 2005, reported serious adverse drug events increased 2.6-fold, and fatal adverse drug events increased 2.7-fold.

The authors noted that reported serious events increased 4 times faster than the total number of outpatient prescriptions during the period. Another study concluded that the majority…86%...of the adverse drug reactions for which patients were admitted to a medical intensive care unit were preventable.

One proposed solution to the illegal drug problem was encouraging potential users to ignore peer pressure and 'just say no', Interestingly, this strategy is not being recommended for prescription drugs.

Bruce Pomeranz, MD , one of the authors of the JAMA paper, said he is not warning people to stay away from drugs. 'That would be a terrible message', he said. Lucian Leape, MD, of the Harvard School of Public Health said, 'When you realize how many drugs we use, maybe those numbers aren't so bad after all',

Does that mean that the number of deaths due to illegal drugs, suicide, HIV/AIDS, diabetes, accidents, and drunk driving 'aren't so bad' either? Does it mean that we shouldn't discourage drunk driving or unsafe sex?

The folly of such double standards should be obvious to all. It is time to address the real drug problem -- the cultural notion that the first solution to seek for relief of life's problems is a drug. That's the drug culture we need to address.


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Posted 13 November 2008 - 02:16 PM

‘ILLEGAL’ Drugs Kill MANY Less people than Prescribed Drugs!


-PAY ATTENTION FOLKS-WAR ON DRUGS IS… A WAR ON PEOPLE*

Edited/Summarized by ‘Sweeps’ Fox



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By Christopher Kent, D.C., J.D.



Recreational drugs, including cocaine and heroin, are responsible for an estimated 10,000-20,000 American deaths per year.

While this represents a serious public health problem, it is a ‘smokescreen’… for America's real drug problem.

AMERICA'S ‘WAR ON DRUGS’ IS DIRECTED AT THE WRONG ENEMY . It is obvious that interdiction, stiff mandatory sentences, and more vigorous enforcement of drug laws have failed.

The reason is simple. Cause and effect have been reversed.


The desire to solve problems by taking drugs is a product of our culture. When a child is taught by loving parents that the appropriate response to pain or discomfort is taking a pill, it is obvious that such a child, when faced with the challenges of adolescence, will seek comfort by taking drugs.

Drugs are Dangerous Whether Pushed or Prescribed:
While approximately 10,000 per year die from the effects of illegal drugs, an article in the ‘Journal of the American Medical Association’… JAMA… reported that AN ESTIMATED 106,000 HOSPITALIZED PATIENTS DIE EACH YEAR FROM DRUGS WHICH, BY MEDICAL STANDARDS, ARE PROPERLY PRESCRIBED AND PROPERLY ADMINISTERED. MORE THAN TWO MILLION SUFFER SERIOUS SIDE EFFECTS.

An article in ‘Newsweek’ put this into perspective. Adverse drug reactions, from ‘properly’ prescribed drugs, are the fourth leading cause of death in the United States.

According to this article, only heart disease, cancer, and stroke kill more Americans than drugs prescribed by medical doctors. Reactions to prescription drugs kill more than twice as many Americans as HIV/AIDS or suicide. Fewer die from accidents or diabetes than adverse drug reactions.

It is important to point out the limitations of this study. It did not include outpatients, cases of malpractice, or instances where the drugs were not taken as directed.

According to another AMA publication, drug related "problems" kill as many as 198,815 people, put 8.8 million in hospitals, and account for up to 28% of hospital admissions. [5] If these figures are accurate, only cancer and heart disease kill more patients than drugs.

Has the situation improved………….?


Since the publication of this information? Hardly. Null et al have published the most comprehensive and well-documented study I have seen of deaths associated with medical practice. In this report, their research revealed some shocking facts. The findings are summarized in the abstract.

A definitive review and close reading of medical peer-review journals, and government health statistics shows that American medicine frequently causes more harm than good.

The number of people having in-hospital, adverse drug reactions (ADR) to prescribed medicine is 2.2 million. Dr. Richard Besser, of the CDC, in 1995, said the number of unnecessary antibiotics prescribed annually for viral infections was 20 million. Dr. Besser, in 2003, now refers to tens of millions of unnecessary antibiotics.

The number of unnecessary medical and surgical procedures performed annually is 7.5 million. The number of people exposed to unnecessary hospitalization annually is 8.9 million.

The total number of iatrogenic deaths shown in the following table is 783,936. It is evident that the American medical system is the leading cause of death and injury in the United States. The 2001 heart disease annual death rate is 699,697…the annual cancer death rate…553,251.
Drugs Number One Killer

The authors conclude: ‘When the number one killer in a society is the healthcare system…then…that system has no excuse except to address its own urgent shortcomings’.

It's a failed system in need of immediate attention. What we have outlined in this paper are insupportable aspects of our contemporary medical system that need to be changed…beginning at its very foundations’.

A recent article in ‘Archives of Internal Medicine’ stated that in the seven year period from 1998 through 2005, reported serious adverse drug events increased 2.6-fold, and fatal adverse drug events increased 2.7-fold.

The authors noted that reported serious events increased 4 times faster than the total number of outpatient prescriptions during the period. Another study concluded that the majority…86%...of the adverse drug reactions for which patients were admitted to a medical intensive care unit were preventable.

One proposed solution to the illegal drug problem was encouraging potential users to ignore peer pressure and ‘just say no’, Interestingly, this strategy is not being recommended for prescription drugs.

Bruce Pomeranz, MD , one of the authors of the JAMA paper, said he is not warning people to stay away from drugs. ‘That would be a terrible message’, he said. Lucian Leape, MD, of the Harvard School of Public Health said, ‘When you realize how many drugs we use, maybe those numbers aren't so bad after all’,

Does that mean that the number of deaths due to illegal drugs, suicide, HIV/AIDS, diabetes, accidents, and drunk driving ‘aren't so bad’ either? Does it mean that we shouldn't discourage drunk driving or unsafe sex?

The folly of such double standards should be obvious to all. It is time to address the real drug problem -- the cultural notion that the first solution to seek for relief of life's problems is a drug. That's the drug culture we need to address.


-The reports of deaths due to PRESCRIPTION Drugs keep going up and up-Captain



Prescription Drugs Kill 300 Percent More-than Illegal Drugs



A report by the Florida Medical Examiners Commission has concluded that prescription drugs have outstripped illegal drugs as a cause of death.

-AND-WHAT’S ‘GOING ON’ WITH ANTI-DEPRESSANTS?



#1 US HIGHEST USER OF ANTIDEPRESSANTS & ANTIDEPRESSANTS ARE AMERICA'S MOST WIDELY PRESCRIBED DRUGS:

"Antidepressant prescribing is more rampant in this country than any other.
The US accounted for 66% of the global market in 2005, compared to 23% in
Europe and 11% for the rest of world, according to a December 2006 report by
Research and Markets.

"A June 2007 survey by the Centers for Disease Control of doctor and
hospital visits in 2005 showed that the most commonly prescribed drugs were
antidepressants, with 48% of the prescriptions issued by primary care physicians.
They have remained in the number one position ever since. Last year, 232 million
prescriptions were filled for antidepressants worth nearly $12 billion,
according to a March 2008 report by IMS Health. . . .

#2 YET THE MANUFACTURERS KNEW AND HID THE FACT THAT THESE DRUGS INCREASE THE RISK OF SUICIDE:

"For fifteen years, the SSRI makers fought against adding a warning about an
increased risk of suicidality, knowing all the long that the risk existed.
[We had the data in court cases for years but could not get the press to cover
it.] Now, the companies are making the irresponsible argument (in defense of
lawsuits claiming they failed to warn doctors and the public of the risk)
that the FDA did not require them to add a warning, so they are immune from
liability. . . .

#3 SINCE 1989 THE MANUFACTURER OF PAXIL KNEW THAT THIS DRUG INCREASES
SUICIDE ATTEMPTS BY EIGHT TIMES MORE THAN PLACEBO!

"The report shows that Glaxo [makers of Paxil] knew in 1989, long before
Paxil was FDA approved, that people taking the drug were 8 times more likely to
engage in suicidal behavior than people given a placebo, or sugar pill. Now,
it stands to reason that even the most depressed person would decline to take
Paxil if given these facts. Also, parents certainly would decline if they
were told about the risks. . . .

"The FDA approved Paxil on December 29, 1992, with no warning to doctors or
patients of the significant increased risk of suicidal behavior," he writes.

#4 SENATOR GRASSLEY FINDS THAT PAXIL MAKER "BAMBOOZLED" THE FDA PUTTING PATIENT SAFETY AT RISK
"Senator Grassley has also asked the FDA to go back and review the clinical
trial data submitted on Paxil. In a statement on the Senate floor on June 11,
2008, he said: "Essentially, it looks like GlaxoSmithKline bamboozled the
FDA."

"We cannot live in a nation where drug companies are less than candid, hide
information and attempt to mislead the FDA and the public," he stated. "These
companies are selling drugs that we put in our bodies, not sneakers."
"When they manipulate or withhold data to hide or minimize findings about
safety and/or efficacy they put patient safety at risk," Senator Grassley said.
"And with drugs like Paxil, the risks are too great."

Now I need to note here that the only reason Paxil is taking so much heat
and the only reason we have all of this inside information on Paxil is because
of the information obtained during the Wyoming murder/suicide case of Donald
Schell. Before that these companies were settling cases so that they did not
have to go to court and disclose all of this information to the attorneys
working in our behalf.

After waiting three long years for one attorney to decide if he would take
the case, it went to Andy Vickery's office. Andy took the case and Glaxo
allowed it to go all the way into court instead of settling the case. The jury
heard and saw enough to rule that the two pills of Paxil that Donald Schell took
before getting up one morning and shooting his wife, his daughter and his
baby grand daughter before shooting himself was the main cause.
Glaxo did all they could to seal that information back up again, but it was
too late. The cat was out of the bag. And it is long past time to let the cat
out of the bag on all these other antidepressants as well!

#5 THE RESULTS OF SENATOR GRASSLEY'S INVESTIGATION OF THE LARGE PAYMENTS AND KICKBACKS TO DOCTORS BY DRUG MAKERS

"According to Senator Grassley's June 4, 2008 statement in the Congressional
record, although conflict-of- interest disclosure forms make it appear that
the Harvard psychiatrists only received a couple hundred thousand from drug
companies over the past 7 years, the true figures show Dr Biederman received
over "$1.6 million," Dr Spencer "over $1 million" and Dr Wilens "over $1.6
million" in payments from the drug companies.

"Based on reports from just a handful of drug companies," he states, "we
know that even these millions do not account for all of the money."
"Senator Grassley also notes that Dr Schatzberg owns stock worth more than
$6 million in one drug company. Ed Silverman reports on Pharmalot that there
are "30 or so physicians at two dozen universities which the Senate Finance
Committee is probing concerning disclosure of grants from drugmakers." The
names of those 30 doctors, along with the research mills they operate out of,
need to be made public. . . . .

#6 RESEARCH INSTITUTIONS AND ACADEMIA ON THE TAKE FROM DRUG MAKERS AS WELL ACTING AS "APOLOGISTS FOR COMMERCIAL SCIENTIFIC FRAUD" - SENIOR ACADEMICS PROSTITUING MEDICINE.

"It is no longer a case where Americans need only be concerned about the
amount of money the academics are pulling in. The pharmaceutical industry also
has a stronghold on most major research institutions in this country. Many
could not exist if the drug companies withdrew all their research funding, a
state of affairs that did not occur by accident.

"In fact, according to Dr Aubrey Blumsohn, who publishes the Scientific
Misconduct Blog, when all is said and done:

"The chief villains remain our academic institutions and medical leadership.
They have colluded with and have acted as apologists for commercial
scientific fraud. They have tolerated the telling of lies by senior academics. They
have encouraged the prostitution of medicine. They have allowed abuse of the
most fundamental safeguards of science. Most importantly, they have set
terrible examples for our students."

#7 WHO TOOK THE MONEY TO PUSH ANTIDEPRESSANTS TO CHILDREN?
"-While Dr Keller took the lead on pushing Paxil for children and
adolescents, Dr Emslie was the main man on the Prozac trials, and Dr Wagner was the queen bee on Zoloft studies.
The co-authors of papers that appear in the medical literature encouraging the use of SSRI's for kids include Drs Biederman, Schatzberg, Wilens and, of course,
Charles Nemeroff.

"Dr Nemeroff was recently forced to resign as chairman of Emory’s psychiatry
department after Senator Grassley’s investigation revealed that he failed to
disclose to his university more than a million dollars in drug industry income.

All total, Nemeroff had earnings of $2.8 million from drug companies
between 2000 and 2007, but failed to report at least $1.2 million. . . . .
#8 YET AMAZINGLY ENOUGH . . . .

"Shrinks on the take are so addicted to industry money that it's impossible
to embarrass them. Last year, the press ran major stories when this report
came out, highly critical of how much money they were making. This year, the
average amount rose by 25%.

Now for some VERY hard questions:

*** When Glaxo knew in 1989 that Paxil was inducing suicide at a rate EIGHT
TIMES HIGHER than with a placebo and did not warn, is that not at least
negligent homicide?

Or is it not in some way contributing to a premeditated loss of life?

How often do we read in criminal cases where someone has died and someone
else did not assist that person in need but instead allowed the death to happen
and that person has then been prosecuted and given a prison term?

What is the difference here? The only difference I see is that these people
at Glaxo made a lot of money by keeping quiet and allowing these deaths to
continue!!
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

ALSO-an analysis of 168,900 autopsies conducted in Florida in 2007 found that three times as many people were killed by legal drugs as by cocaine, heroin and all methamphetamines put together. According to state law enforcement officials, this is a sign of a burgeoning prescription drug abuse problem.

‘The abuse has reached epidemic proportions’, said Lisa McElhaney, a sergeant in the pharmaceutical drug diversion unit of the Broward County Sheriff’s Office. ‘It’s just explosive’.

In 2007, cocaine was responsible for 843 deaths, heroin for 121, methamphetamines for 25 and marijuana for zero, for a total of 989 deaths. In contrast-2,328 people were killed by opioid painkillers, including Vicodin and Oxycontin, and 743 were killed by drugs containing benzodiazepine, including the depressants Valium and Xanax.

Alcohol directly caused 466 deaths, but was found in the bodies of 4,179 cadavers in all.

While the number of dead bodies containing heroin jumped 14 percent from the prior year, to a total of 110, the number of deaths influenced by the painkiller oxycodone increased by 36 percent, to a total of 1,253.

Across the country, prescription drugs have become an increasingly popular alternative to the more difficult to acquire illegal drugs. Even as illegal drug use among teenagers have fallen, prescription drug abuse has increased. For example, while 4 percent of U.S. 12th graders were using Oxycontin in 2002, by 2005 that number had increased to 5.5 percent.

And-while some people may believe that the medicines’ legality makes them less dangerous than illegal drugs-Tuolumne County, Calif.-Sheriff’s Office Deputy Dan Crow warns that this is not the case. Because everybody reacts differently to foreign chemicals-there is no way of predicting the exact response anyone will have to a given dosage. That is why prescription drugs are supposed to be taken under a doctor’s supervision.

‘All this stuff is poison’, Crow said. ‘Your body will fight all of this stuff’.
Tuolumne County Health Officer Todd Stolp agreed. A prescription drug taken recreationally is ‘much like a firearm in the hands of someone who’s not trained to use them’-he said.


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Posted 08 January 2009 - 05:14 PM



Prescription Drugs Kill 300 Percent More-than Illegal Drugs


A report by the Florida Medical Examiners Commission has concluded that prescription drugs have outstripped illegal drugs as a cause of death.

-AND-WHAT'S 'GOING ON' WITH ANTI-DEPRESSANTS?


#1 US HIGHEST USER OF ANTIDEPRESSANTS & ANTIDEPRESSANTS ARE AMERICA'S MOST WIDELY PRESCRIBED DRUGS:

"Antidepressant prescribing is more rampant in this country than any other.
The US accounted for 66% of the global market in 2005, compared to 23% in
Europe and 11% for the rest of world, according to a December 2006 report by
Research and Markets.

"A June 2007 survey by the Centers for Disease Control of doctor and
hospital visits in 2005 showed that the most commonly prescribed drugs were
antidepressants, with 48% of the prescriptions issued by primary care physicians.
They have remained in the number one position ever since. Last year, 232 million
prescriptions were filled for antidepressants worth nearly $12 billion,
according to a March 2008 report by IMS Health. . . .

#2 YET THE MANUFACTURERS KNEW AND HID THE FACT THAT THESE DRUGS INCREASE THE RISK OF SUICIDE:

"For fifteen years, the SSRI makers fought against adding a warning about an
increased risk of suicidality, knowing all the long that the risk existed.
[We had the data in court cases for years but could not get the press to cover
it.] Now, the companies are making the irresponsible argument (in defense of
lawsuits claiming they failed to warn doctors and the public of the risk)
that the FDA did not require them to add a warning, so they are immune from
liability. . . .

#3 SINCE 1989 THE MANUFACTURER OF PAXIL KNEW THAT THIS DRUG INCREASES
SUICIDE ATTEMPTS BY EIGHT TIMES MORE THAN PLACEBO!

"The report shows that Glaxo [makers of Paxil] knew in 1989, long before
Paxil was FDA approved, that people taking the drug were 8 times more likely to
engage in suicidal behavior than people given a placebo, or sugar pill. Now,
it stands to reason that even the most depressed person would decline to take
Paxil if given these facts. Also, parents certainly would decline if they
were told about the risks. . . .

"The FDA approved Paxil on December 29, 1992, with no warning to doctors or
patients of the significant increased risk of suicidal behavior," he writes.

#4 SENATOR GRASSLEY FINDS THAT PAXIL MAKER "BAMBOOZLED" THE FDA PUTTING PATIENT SAFETY AT RISK
"Senator Grassley has also asked the FDA to go back and review the clinical
trial data submitted on Paxil. In a statement on the Senate floor on June 11,
2008, he said: "Essentially, it looks like GlaxoSmithKline bamboozled the
FDA."

"We cannot live in a nation where drug companies are less than candid, hide
information and attempt to mislead the FDA and the public," he stated. "These
companies are selling drugs that we put in our bodies, not sneakers."
"When they manipulate or withhold data to hide or minimize findings about
safety and/or efficacy they put patient safety at risk," Senator Grassley said.
"And with drugs like Paxil, the risks are too great."

Now I need to note here that the only reason Paxil is taking so much heat
and the only reason we have all of this inside information on Paxil is because
of the information obtained during the Wyoming murder/suicide case of Donald
Schell. Before that these companies were settling cases so that they did not
have to go to court and disclose all of this information to the attorneys
working in our behalf.

After waiting three long years for one attorney to decide if he would take
the case, it went to Andy Vickery's office. Andy took the case and Glaxo
allowed it to go all the way into court instead of settling the case. The jury
heard and saw enough to rule that the two pills of Paxil that Donald Schell took
before getting up one morning and shooting his wife, his daughter and his
baby grand daughter before shooting himself was the main cause.
Glaxo did all they could to seal that information back up again, but it was
too late. The cat was out of the bag. And it is long past time to let the cat
out of the bag on all these other antidepressants as well!

#5 THE RESULTS OF SENATOR GRASSLEY'S INVESTIGATION OF THE LARGE PAYMENTS AND KICKBACKS TO DOCTORS BY DRUG MAKERS

"According to Senator Grassley's June 4, 2008 statement in the Congressional
record, although conflict-of- interest disclosure forms make it appear that
the Harvard psychiatrists only received a couple hundred thousand from drug
companies over the past 7 years, the true figures show Dr Biederman received
over "$1.6 million," Dr Spencer "over $1 million" and Dr Wilens "over $1.6
million" in payments from the drug companies.

"Based on reports from just a handful of drug companies," he states, "we
know that even these millions do not account for all of the money."
"Senator Grassley also notes that Dr Schatzberg owns stock worth more than
$6 million in one drug company. Ed Silverman reports on Pharmalot that there
are "30 or so physicians at two dozen universities which the Senate Finance
Committee is probing concerning disclosure of grants from drugmakers." The
names of those 30 doctors, along with the research mills they operate out of,
need to be made public. . . . .

#6 RESEARCH INSTITUTIONS AND ACADEMIA ON THE TAKE FROM DRUG MAKERS AS WELL ACTING AS "APOLOGISTS FOR COMMERCIAL SCIENTIFIC FRAUD" - SENIOR ACADEMICS PROSTITUING MEDICINE.

"It is no longer a case where Americans need only be concerned about the
amount of money the academics are pulling in. The pharmaceutical industry also
has a stronghold on most major research institutions in this country. Many
could not exist if the drug companies withdrew all their research funding, a
state of affairs that did not occur by accident.

"In fact, according to Dr Aubrey Blumsohn, who publishes the Scientific
Misconduct Blog, when all is said and done:

"The chief villains remain our academic institutions and medical leadership.
They have colluded with and have acted as apologists for commercial
scientific fraud. They have tolerated the telling of lies by senior academics. They
have encouraged the prostitution of medicine. They have allowed abuse of the
most fundamental safeguards of science. Most importantly, they have set
terrible examples for our students."

#7 WHO TOOK THE MONEY TO PUSH ANTIDEPRESSANTS TO CHILDREN?
"-While Dr Keller took the lead on pushing Paxil for children and
adolescents, Dr Emslie was the main man on the Prozac trials, and Dr Wagner was the queen bee on Zoloft studies.
The co-authors of papers that appear in the medical literature encouraging the use of SSRI's for kids include Drs Biederman, Schatzberg, Wilens and, of course,
Charles Nemeroff.

"Dr Nemeroff was recently forced to resign as chairman of Emory's psychiatry
department after Senator Grassley's investigation revealed that he failed to
disclose to his university more than a million dollars in drug industry income.

All total, Nemeroff had earnings of $2.8 million from drug companies
between 2000 and 2007, but failed to report at least $1.2 million. . . . .
#8 YET AMAZINGLY ENOUGH . . . .

"Shrinks on the take are so addicted to industry money that it's impossible
to embarrass them. Last year, the press ran major stories when this report
came out, highly critical of how much money they were making. This year, the
average amount rose by 25%.

Now for some VERY hard questions:

*** When Glaxo knew in 1989 that Paxil was inducing suicide at a rate EIGHT
TIMES HIGHER than with a placebo and did not warn, is that not at least
negligent homicide?

Or is it not in some way contributing to a premeditated loss of life?

How often do we read in criminal cases where someone has died and someone
else did not assist that person in need but instead allowed the death to happen
and that person has then been prosecuted and given a prison term?

What is the difference here? The only difference I see is that these people
at Glaxo made a lot of money by keeping quiet and allowing these deaths to
continue!!
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

ALSO-an analysis of 168,900 autopsies conducted in Florida in 2007 found that three times as many people were killed by legal drugs as by cocaine, heroin and all methamphetamines put together. According to state law enforcement officials, this is a sign of a burgeoning prescription drug abuse problem.

'The abuse has reached epidemic proportions', said Lisa McElhaney, a sergeant in the pharmaceutical drug diversion unit of the Broward County Sheriff's Office. 'It's just explosive'.

In 2007, cocaine was responsible for 843 deaths, heroin for 121, methamphetamines for 25 and marijuana for zero, for a total of 989 deaths. In contrast-2,328 people were killed by opioid painkillers, including Vicodin and Oxycontin, and 743 were killed by drugs containing benzodiazepine, including the depressants Valium and Xanax.

Alcohol directly caused 466 deaths, but was found in the bodies of 4,179 cadavers in all.

While the number of dead bodies containing heroin jumped 14 percent from the prior year, to a total of 110, the number of deaths influenced by the painkiller oxycodone increased by 36 percent, to a total of 1,253.

Across the country, prescription drugs have become an increasingly popular alternative to the more difficult to acquire illegal drugs. Even as illegal drug use among teenagers have fallen, prescription drug abuse has increased. For example, while 4 percent of U.S. 12th graders were using Oxycontin in 2002, by 2005 that number had increased to 5.5 percent.

And-while some people may believe that the medicines' legality makes them less dangerous than illegal drugs-Tuolumne County, Calif.-Sheriff's Office Deputy Dan Crow warns that this is not the case. Because everybody reacts differently to foreign chemicals-there is no way of predicting the exact response anyone will have to a given dosage. That is why prescription drugs are supposed to be taken under a doctor's supervision.

'All this stuff is poison', Crow said. 'Your body will fight all of this stuff'.
Tuolumne County Health Officer Todd Stolp agreed. A prescription drug taken recreationally is 'much like a firearm in the hands of someone who's not trained to use them'-he said.


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Posted 18 January 2009 - 01:20 AM

I do agree with some of what you said,medications should always be safe,and out of the hands of children.I am on,and have been on medication for almost ten years now,and I'm only 28.I take methadone for pain which I know has been getting a lot of bad press lately,and from that press the laws have changed,I used to get 120 pills that were 40mg,now I have to get 10mg pills because they stopped making 40s.I understand why they did it,cause I kid would say,its only one pill,whats one pill going to do to me,and it kills them.So because of that I have been cut way back because a doctor can't perscribe someone 960 pills,I'll only get 260 10mg thats 2,600mg total when before I was getting 60,000.By the way,I am disabled form an accident in 2000 that left me with major back problems,and I can't walk good on my left leg because of nerve damage that really hurts.Anyway I'm not trying to say your wrong on anything,just telling you my story.Hope to hear from you in future,and Thank you. Jamie