Psychiatric Drug Facts via :

“Most psychiatric drugs can cause withdrawal reactions, sometimes including life-threatening emotional and physical withdrawal problems… Withdrawal from psychiatric drugs should be done carefully under experienced clinical supervision.” Dr. Peter Breggin

Oct 15, 2010

Secretary of HHS Sebelius is Reminded of Goal

Thank you Susan for sharing this link:
Thank you D.J. Jaffe for sharing this link:

Members of Congress sent a letter to Secretary Sebelius reminding her a primary goal the 2003 New Freedom Commission Report on Mental Health was to involve consumers and family members in every aspect of program service and development.  That doing so would more effectively enable transformation of the mental health system towards a recovery model; giving those that receive mental health services a voice in what treatment is provided and by whom.  Doing this would fulfill the goal of Self-Determination.  

One of the statements in the letter submitted by NYAPRS was that consumer life spans are shortened by 25 years in comparison with the the general population.  This immediately struck me, since 6 days ago I posted "Opposition to Inaccurate Analysis," in which I shared two documents.  One, written by NYAPRS in opposition to New York State's successful effort to renew the  Assisted Outpatient Treatment statute, or Kendra's Law. The other, Treatment Advocacy Center's uninformed response to this statement, defies reason; lacks respect for the individuals who spoke up in opposition to Kendra's Law; and  equally notable, absence of "the facts." which were promised. 

At the top of the page, TAC claimed, "This page contains two documents. The documents give reasons put forth by NYAPRS and others to oppose Kendra's Law and contrast them with the facts."  In spite of this claim, the TAC did not put forth a single fact in response to NYAPRS  contention that premature death  was a known risk of using neuroleptic medications.   We don’t know where this statistic comes from or its relationship to Kendra’s Law. Researchers found Kendra’s Law recipients had a 55% reduction in suicide attempts or physical harm to self. This would be expected to, although it hasn’t been studied, to lead to an increase in life span, not a decrease."

As for the research TAC put forth, it is lacking in credibility, and proper citation.  It states the locations where the studies took place from which they culled their "facts" refuting the opposition's stand against Assisted Outpatient Treatment, but no names of researchers, or sources of publication.  In fact, the response that TAC put forth falls far short of it's stated intent.  It is typical of  the "advocacy" practiced by TAC, nothing but smoke that is blown up our proverbial skirts.  

I commend the Members of Congress for sending this letter and for including the fact that premature death due to neuroleptic drug use, documented in numerous studies in the United States and abroad, is real.  No smoke, no mirrors; just a cold hard fact.


Duane Sherry, M.S. said...

Congress needs to protect our nation's military service members and veterans as well, by making sure they get the best treatment available (not psychiatric labels and drugs).

This is a good link for military service members, veterans, and families -

My best,


Unknown said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
Unknown said...

Thank you for elevating the cause of America's Veterans on this issue! I have posted your link to Patriot Outreach on my Links page.




Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

FAIR USE NOTICE: This may contain copyrighted
(C) material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. Such material is made available for educational purposes, to advance understanding of human rights, democracy, scientific, moral, ethical, and social justice issues, etc. It is believed that this constitutes a 'fair use' of any such copyrighted material as provided for in Title 17 U.S.C. section 107 of the US Copyright Law. This material is distributed without profit.