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Saturday, November 21, 2015

US Prescription Drug Abuse on the Rise

An estimated 2.4 million Americans used prescription drugs nonmedically for the first time in 2010, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). And most abusers start the habit in their teenage years.

Deaths from prescription drugs nearly tripled from 2000 to 2013, when nearly 23,000 Americans lost their lives due to prescription drug abuse.

The term "prescription drug" covers a wide array of substances, from tranquilizers to stimulants such as Adderall and painkillers like oxycodone.

The key word here, of course, is "prescription." All these drugs should be obtained via permission from a doctor who decides if their patient would benefit from taking this substance at a recommended frequency for a set length of time.

But most of the time, prescription drug abusers aren't feeding their addiction with a prescription slip. Instead, more than 70 percent of them get the pills from a friend or relative, according to the National Institutes of Health. And most of the time, they're securing these drugs for free.

On Tuesday, Australia's Therapeutic Goods Administration announced that popular over-the-counter painkillers such as ibuprofen, naproxen and diclofenac, as well as other anti-inflammatory drugs, would carry new warning labels. These stickers will caution patients about the increased risk of heart attack and stroke the painkillers can cause, stating: "Do not use for more than a few days at a time unless a doctor has told you to."

Does anyone really think Australians will heed the advice of the warning labels and contact a doctor before buying and continually consuming Advil — whether for an especially persistent headache or for abuse?

Since millions of prescription drug abusers in the U.S. don't even consult a doctor before popping painkillers, tranquilizers or stimulants that could drastically affect their health, the chances seem slim.

Fortunately, if you're a parent who's concerned about your teenage child trying prescription drugs, there's one easy step you can take: hide your own medication. More than 60 percent of teenage drug abusers say they use because it's easy to find medication from a parent's medicine cabinet — the most common reason among U.S. teens.

Studies have shown that most drug abuse starts early on in life. Prescription drugs are no different. If the U.S. can find a way to limit teenagers' access to such substances, it's highly likely prescription drugs won't be so popular in high schools anymore.

US Prescription Drug Abuse on the Rise 21 Nov 2015

Members of the Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) of Florida traveled to Orlando for the purpose of bringing public attention to the epidemic destroying the fabric of our society – the over-drugging of Americans.

A recent study found that one in ten Americans are taking an antidepressant and that psychiatric drugs are among the most frequently prescribed drugs in this country. [1] "The indiscriminate drugging of people with dangerous psychiatric drugs that do not cure anything has got to stop," stated Diane Stein, President of CCHR Florida.

Descending on the estimated 1,200 mental health professionals attending the 2015 NEI Psychopharmacology Congress with signs reading "PSYCHIATRY: JUNK SCIENCE & DANGEROUS DRUGS" and "PSYCHIATRY LABELING CHILDREN FOR PROFIT", CCHR took every opportunity to let people know that this congress was not being held to help people who are suffering but is simply a way to connect up the people who prescribe drugs with the companies that sell them.

While NEI portrays itself as educating more than 30,000 prescribers, the founder of NEI, psychiatrist Stephen M. Stahl, is paid big bucks to prescribe psychiatric drugs. He received $1.2M as the top prescriber of just one antidepressant, Brintellix.[2]

The sponsor list for the congress reads like a who's who of pharmaceutical companies with at least 10 of them attending the event including the maker of Brintellix, Takeda Pharmaceuticals.

According to Stein, "People need to stop and ask for proof that these drugs work. They won't find any."[3]

In July of this year, CCHR Florida opened a new office in downtown Clearwatercontaining a museum: Psychiatry: AnIndustry of Death. The museum, spanning almost the entirety of the first floor presents the unvarnished history of psychiatry.

Visit the museum at 109 N Fort Harrison Avenue Clearwater, FL 33755 for an eye opening tour of the museum visuals and material on psychiatric abuse. Also call (727) 442-8820 or email info@cchrflorida.org.

Media Contact: Diane Stein, Citizens Commission on Human Rights of Florida, 727-442-8820, publicaffairs@cchrflorida.org
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SOURCE Citizens Commission on Human Rights of Florida

CCHR Protests the Over-Drugging of Americans NOVEMBER 19, 2015

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