CCHR is committed to:
- Supporting anyone who has been unnecessarily and unknowingly drugged against their will.
- Ensuring that we favour ‘workable solutions’ to address causes and not simply treat symptoms with dangerous drugs.
- Stopping the rise in drug prescriptions and the inevitable early deaths or harm caused by the drugs.
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IF YOU, YOUR CHILD, OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW HAS BEEN TAKING PSYCHIATRIC DRUGS FOR MORE THAN A BRIEF TIME, SEVERE WITHDRAWAL SYMPTOMS COULD BE EXPERIENCED IF TAKEN OFF THEM ABRUPTLY. CONSULT WITH A HEALTHCARE PRACTITIONER BEFORE SUDDENLY DISCONTINUING ANY PSYCHIATRIC DRUGS.
867,600 prescription items for ADHD drugs were dispensed in England and Wales during 2010 at cost of £48.2 million. Eleven British children on Ritalin have died as a direct result of this amphetamine-like drug used to treat ADHD. In the last decade (2000 – 2010), the number of prescription items for stimulant drugs to treat ADHD soared to 5.9 million costing the government and taxpayers £254.8 million.
In 2010, government research into the use of antipsychotic drugs used on dementia patients revealed 1800 elderly dementia patients die annually after being prescribed anti-psychotic drugs. A study published in 2009 found that Alzheimer’s patients who are given powerful drugs to calm them down are almost twice as likely to die prematurely as those not given the medication. Average number of prescription items dispensed to older people nearly doubles in a decade.
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In 2010 there were more than 69.5 million prescriptions for psychotropic [central nervous system] drugs costing British taxpayers £625.2 million. Over a decade, (2000 – 2010) this amounted to 607.8 million prescription items at a cost of £6.6 billion. Antidepressants over the last decade rose to 341.5 million prescriptions dispensed at a cost of £3.4 billion. A study published in the British Medical Journal found that antidepressants are no more effective than a sugar pill and do not reduce depression.
In 2009, it was reported that each year the NHS spends £460 million to treat 250,000 patients who are admitted to hospital suffering adverse reactions to prescribed medication. The Committee on Safety of Medicines advise doctors that anti-anxiety drugs should be prescribed for a maximum of two to four weeks only – beyond 4 weeks the drugs are no longer an effective treatment.
There are no “safe” psychiatric drugs, all drugs have side effects. In order to assist you in finding what side effect you can experience from the drugs you are taking, CCHR International have put together an extensive database which highlights all the possible side effects and drug alerts as they are issued by drug regulators. Click here to access the data base.