Our Real Pandemic: 40% Increase in RX/Serotonin Drug Use & the Aftermath

INTERNATIONAL COALITION FOR DRUG AWARENESS

I am concerned that even though you are on our mailing list or in one of our Facebook groups many of you have little idea who we are,  or fully understand what we do, or how badly we need your help to stop this true pandemic of dangerous prescription drugs that now seems to be invading nearly every family in this country & many more around the world. We have been fighting this battle for truth as the first international group established warning specifically about serotonergic medications like antidepressants, the newer atypical anti-psychotics, diet pills, various pain medications, stop smoking meds, etc.  as well as many other prescription & even over the counter medications.

So I am sending this to you today to share our mission statement with info which I am sure you will find shocking as you learn just how far reaching the negative impact of these drugs really is  & the politics behind them.  As this issue spreads with so many more now consuming their products  – there has been a 40% increase in the use of these drugs known to produce not only impulsive, out of character  violence & suicide, arson, theft or embezzlement, child abuse but so much more! The following information is critical to have. You need to learn how to protect your loved ones just as I had to do this past week when my own 14 year old grandson faced a potentially fatal situation while with me & also lost a classmate to suicide while the school pushes to medicate the rest of his class as a preventative & many of my close friends have reported suicides of loved ones & one is facing total family embarrassment after an elderly cousin, whose sons hold key positions in the local area, completely out of character shocked the whole family & community as they learned he had embezzled almost a million dollars & it gets even worse from there – all just this past week & all related to the widespread use of these drugs by multiple individuals.

In fact if you have heard my interviews over the past 30 years you have heard me voice concerns over abrupt changes in dose of these drugs yet we are facing that with Zoloft for patients now. According to the FDA’s website, sertraline/Zoloft shortages on some brands and formulations are expected to last up to 60 days. If you’re concerned about the availability of your prescription, call your pharmacist to discuss your concerns, and don’t stop or change your medication because doing so will throw you into cold turkey withdrawal which the FDA has warned can cause suicide, hostility or psychosis. Please go to our website and look up drugawareness.org/alternatives and look at Noni juice (cheapest price on that is found at WalMart online) and the CES device recommended there or the CBD oil Charlotte’s Web and other alternatives to help get you through a cold turkey withdrawal.

Keep in mind as you read through this that to date the worldwide death toll from Covid – 19, which the world has treated as a “Pandemic,” has been 400,000 worldwide while in America alone at least 200,000 have died every year in America alone from properly prescribed prescription drugs since 1994! And that is not counting all Iatrogenic (doctor caused) deaths which I understand now is approaching almost one million deaths per year in America alone. In looking at those figures it is quite clear which is the real pandemic facing our world.
The ICFDA MISSION STATEMENT for the International Coalition for Drug Awareness was established in 1995 by Ann Blake-Tracy, PHD, author of the first books on antidepressant adverse effects The Prozac Pandora (1991) & Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? Our Serotonin Nightmare! (1994) as Executive Director, Bio available here:  drugawareness.org/mission/board/
And the ICFDA  was established on the web at DrugAwareness.org in 1997 by Mark Miller, who lost his beautiful son Matt at only age 13, to a Zoloft-induced REM Sleep Disorder which resulted in his suicide, after only one week on the drug. And it happened in the middle of the night in spite of him being excited when he went to bed because he was looking forward to leaving on a highly anticipated vacation the following morning.
OUR MISSION
ICFDA is a private, non-profit group of physicians & other medical professionals, first responders, concerned citizens, researchers, journalists, patients, etc.
Our primary focus is to address the world’s most pervasive and subtle drug problem—prescription drugs. We are dedicated to educating the people of the world regarding the potentially harmful & life threatening short term & long term effects of these drugs we call “medications” along with the serious problems associated with the unethical marketing techniques of pharmaceutical companies & the off-label prescribing of these drugs by many physicians. As the cause of an estimated 200,000 plus deaths per year in America, prescription drug reactions are the third leading cause of death!The most dangerous period of time for a drug to be on the market is upon market introduction. At that point, physicians and their patients have available to them only the information on adverse reactions present in the controlled environment of a clinical trial. But they remain unaware of the potential adverse reactions of these new drugs when dispensed to the general public.

We, therefore, feel there is a need to track and report patient reactions more carefully and more rapidly than what is presently being done, which should result in lower medical costs for the patients and doctors as well. And this also should begin to bridge the gap between well-meaning doctors and maltreated patients.By keeping prescribing physicians and their patients abreast of recent adverse reaction reports and approved uses of drugs as opposed to their off-label uses, we hope to cut the number of unnecessary deaths due to drug reactions and interactions and lessen the number of malpractice suits filed against physicians as a result of those reactions. Beyond this public education process, our intention as the IC (“I see”) FDA is to serve as a watchdog group over the FDA and similar organizations around the world, encouraging them to remove drugs which demonstrate high numbers of dangerous adverse reactions and threaten public safety.

Every year approximately hundreds of thousands die from prescription drug reactions. According to a 1995 study done by pharmacists concerned about the lives the drugs they are dispensing are taking each year they found that number then to be 200,000. These numbers are generally extremely difficult to gather & are continuously denied by Pharma so a study conducted by pharmacists is a very strong statement.
Yet hundreds of thousands more die from medical malpractice.And while at that time there were only 41,000 dying in auto accidents.

[DRUG TOPICS, October 23, 1995, pg. 14-16.]

Critical to point out from this 1995 study above done by pharmacists in an attempt to curb the high number of prescription drug deaths they found that every year approximately 200,000 die from prescription drug reactions when taking medications “AS PRESCRIBED, NOT ABUSED”. That is as many deaths every week as we suffered in this country on 9/11! So America went to war for over almost two decades now for an attack that killed as many as we see die from medications every week?!!

Where is that kind of outcry for these deaths?! (And if the rate was that high 2 1/2 decades ago, just how much of an increase has there been since then?!!!)And that is only from prescription drugs, not including the hundreds of thousands more who die from medical malpractice.

What is wrong with our focus on the “drug war” when 200,000 die each year from prescription drugs, especially when the large majority of illegal drugs are just old prescription drugs removed from the market after society woke up & banned them after deadly trial & error?

Billions of dollars go into illegal drug issues in this country every year even though far more are dying from legal drugs. Everyone is asking, “Where is the FDA?” They are busy approving another new drug. And how many more will die from that one?

A two-year Los Angeles Times investigation published in December 2000 found that the seven medications approved since 1993 have been withdrawn after reports of deaths and severe side effects. In the article written by Times Staff Writer David Willam, it states, “The FDA approved each of those drugs while disregarding danger signs or blunt warnings from its own specialists. Then, after receiving reports of significant harm to patients, the agency was slow to seek withdrawals.” Nothing has changed!

MORTON MINTZ  & THE THERAPEUTIC NIGHTMARE

Morton Mintz, a former Washington Post reporter, and a Nieman Fellow who won the Raymond Clapper award for reporting the thalidomide tragedy published a book in 1965 entitled, THE THERAPEUTIC NIGHTMARE. See how drug companies then used the same tactics to get their drugs out to the public then as we see them doing now… https://youtu.be/6uizvsiaHyw

His warnings about Thalidomide kept the drug off the market in the US thereby preventing this outcome for many babies in America. His warnings if heeded fully then, and the warnings coming from many other men of great integrity since then, could have spared us the agony we have experienced from medication tragedies since that time as well as those we are literally engulfed in today. He begins his book with, “Here we shall see that there have been instances when our excessive trust in certain Corporate Consciences has been rewarded with inadequately and even fraudulently tested drugs, with useless drugs and inferior versions of good drugs, with protraction of illness, and with waste of our money. In order that sales may begin and continue, regardless of whether we are healed and spared pain, evidence of serious and even lethal effects has been withheld from the responsible government agency and concealed from the medical profession and the public.” (p.xiv)

We wish to honor him here (and those who have followed in his footsteps) in their unending efforts to warn us of the serious problems associated with these so called “medications” we have come to blindly trust.

This site is to assist us in making sure that trust is no longer a “blind” trust. We must take the responsibility to educate ourselves about what we are putting into our bodies and brains.Some of the most popular drugs on the market today are those that increase serotonin levels like the diet pills that were pulled from the market in 1997. Originally Fen-Phen & Redux were thought to be so safe that 18 million people took the drugs. Now we know that they were so deadly that those who took even one pill were advised to have their hearts checked. If these drugs could be among the most popular on the market and touted as “the thing” for weight management for a two-year period, yet leave a backlash of victims that attorney’s offices could not even begin to handle in spite of most patients never learning the worst of the damage the drugs had caused, what other mistakes in medicine will we wake up to tomorrow?

Look at the over 50 thousand who died of heart attacks on Vioxx which even surpassed the diet pill deaths while Viagra (still on the market!) has been found to produce five times that number of heart attacks!

And then there is the latest craze we hear on our TVs, radios, etc. with ads about “Low T” encouraging men to come in & get tested to see if they need to take testosterone – the same drug ordered by Hitler to turn his troops into lean, mean killing machines & whose developer deeply regretted for the rest of his life the part he played in introducing that drug into our world.What are you taking right now that could be just as dangerous or as damaging as these drugs now off the market – LSD, PCP, Heroin, Cocaine (still legal). amphetamines (still legal),  Ecstasy. etc.?

What do you know about the medication you are currently taking?

What do you know about the dangers of taking the drugs you are taking when they have been prescribed in combination yet never been safety tested in combination with one another?

Even more frightening to ask is “What does your doctor know or not know about the answers to these questions?”

Drugs like Chantix, Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, Luvox, Celexa, Lexapro, Stratera, Effexor, Remeron, Pristiq, Anafranil, Wellbutrin, Cymbalta, Brisdelle, etc. are some of the biggest money makers ever for the pharmaceutical companies.

UNKNOWN RISKS OF MEDICATING CHILDREN
Yet are you aware that the use of Prozac among children from ages 6-12 went from 41,000 in 1995 to 203,000 in 1996. The number of new prescriptions written increased almost 400% in just one year?!! This is a very powerful mind-altering drug that has not been approved for use in children and even though our children are popping it like candy! Just Prozac’s effect upon cortisol levels alone should frighten parents to death. One 30mg dose has been shown to clearly double the level of cortisol! (PROZAC PANACEA OR PANDORA? – Our Serotonin Nightmare!, p. 168)
Increased cortisol impairs the development and regeneration of the liver, kidneys, and muscles. It also retards linear growth. How many parents are given that information? How many doctors are aware of it themselves? I have found none in three decades because that research was done in Italy by the drug maker so they did not have to make that information available to physicians in the US.

Add to that the fact that the study being used to gain FDA approval of this medication demonstrates that the rate of mania among children taking Prozac was three times higher than it is for adults. Three out of 100 had to drop out of the study due to this devastating complication which developed within a short eight-week trial!

Mania is a terrible form of insanity which includes symptoms of sexual compulsions, criminal behavior, alcohol cravings, rages leading to violence, especially domestic violence, arson, theft, gambling, delusions of grandeur (often mistaken as increased self-confidence), wild spending and varied types of criminal behavior, etc., etc., etc. to list only a few of about 100 types of manic nightmares you could imagine. The most logical question to ask is “Why would we take a chance of any of these outcomes in our children when there are so many safe natural options that work as well & often better, & without these extremely serious side effects?”
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Antidepressant-Induced Adrenal Fatigue/Failure

Antidepressant-Induced Alcohol Cravings

Antidepressant-Induced Cravings for Alcohol

Antidepressant-Induced Alzheimer’s, Amnesia, and Memory Loss

Antidepressant-Induced Autism

Antidepressant-Induced Bipolar and Schizophrenia

Antidepressant-Induced Divorce Epidemic

Antidepressant-Induced DSPS (Delayed-Sleep-Phase-Syndrome – AKA Insomnia)

Antidepressant-Induced False Accusations of Abuse

Antidepressant-Induced Homosexuality

Antidepressant-Induced Hypoglycemia & Diabetes

Antidepressant-Induced Missing & Homeless

Antidepressant-Induced PTSD

Antidepressant-Induced Parkinson’s

Antidepressant-Induced Weight Gain

Medication-Induced Murder and Suicide

All Antidepressants Should Be Illegal

Abilify (Aripiprazole) Should Be Illegal

Brintellix (Vortioxetine) Should Be Illegal

Brisdelle (Paroxetine) Should Be Illegal

Chantix (Varenicline) Should Be Illegal

Cymbalta (Duloxetine) Should Be Illegal

Celexa (Citalopram) Should Be Illegal

Clozaril (Clozapine) Should Be Illegal

Demerol (meperidine) Should Be Illegal

Desyrel (Trazodone) Should Be Illegal

Effexor (Venlafaxine) Should Be Illegal

Elavil (Amitriptyline) Should Be Illegal

Lexapro (Escitalopram) Should Be Illegal

Lyrica (Pregabalin) Should Be Illegal

Invega (Paliperidone, Palmitate) Should Be Illegal

Neurontin (Gabapentin) Should Be Illegal

Paxil (Paroxetine, Seroxat) Should Be Illegal

Pristiq (Desvenlafaxine) Should Be Illegal

Prozac (Fluoxetine) Should Be Illegal

Remeron (Mirtazapine) Should Be Illegal

Risperdal (Risperidone) Should Be Illegal

Seroquel (Quetiapine) Should Be Illegal

Sarafem (Fluoxetine) Should Be Illegal

Symbyax (Olanzapine & Fluoxetine) Should Be Illegal

Geodon (Ziprasidone) Should Be Illegal

Luvox (Fluvoxamine) Should Be Illegal

Ultram (Tramadol) Should Be Illegal

Wellbutrin (Bupropion) Should Be Illegal

Invega (Paliperidone, Palmitate) Should Be Illegal

Symbyax (Olanzapine & Fluoxetine) Should Be Illegal

Zyban (Bupropion) Should Be Illegal

Zoloft (Sertraline) Should Be Illegal

Zyprexa (Olanzapine) Should Be Illegal

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Pills More Lethal Than Guns – Pain Meds & Sleep Apnea

Parker & Madilyn Stewart

‘We are killing innocent people’: Stunned doctor warns of opioid danger, even when taken as prescribed 

Three months after 21 year old Parker Stewart married his sweetheart, Madilyn, he and his younger sister both went in for a tonsillectomy. On the third day after surgery he  told everyone he was feeling fine and went to bed and never woke up. Pain medication he had been given and taken as prescribed had shut his breathing down and he died in his sleep.
What should be of particular interest to those taking antidepressants and atypical antipsychotics with so often disease sleep apnea resulting in the explosion in sales of CPAP machines is the fact that something that predisposes someone to the repression of respiration.

“…a person who suffers from sleep apnea — a condition in which a person’s breathing is shallow or undergoes abnormally long pauses while sleeping — is known to have a greater chance for a dangerous reaction to even a prescribed dose of painkillers, he explained.

“Measured risk factors are whether a person is known to snore loudly, frequently feels tired during the day even after good sleep, has any observed pauses in breathing at night, has high blood pressure, has a body mass index of more than 35, are over 50 years old, have a large neck size (more than 17 inches around for a man or more than 16 for a woman), or are male.

“A person is considered to be at greater threat of post-surgery complications with painkillers if they can answer yes to three or more of those factors.

“In hindsight, Gardner said, she believes her son “had possible sleep apnea.” Even when he was a young boy, she said, Stewart snored loudly.”

Read full story here:
https://www.deseretnews.com/article/900005443/we-are-killing-innocent-people-stunned-doctor-warns-of-opioid-danger-even-when-taken-as-prescribed.html
Shooting Pills Is Far More Lethal Than Shooting Bullets!
Comment from Kranny-Utah: Why aren’t these trained doctors better educated in school, let alone by Big pharma reps, about these lethal side-effects, not only of opioids, but of all toxic drugs?
These harmful side-effects aren’t new to the medical/pharmaceutical industries. Barbara Starfield M.D. published an article in a 2002 JAMA (Journal of American Medical Association), the medical journal that doctors should be familiar with, about drug-related deaths due to patients taking drugs as prescribed, and not abused. Taking statistics from the year 2000, she reported that over 250,000 deaths were attributed to drug interactions and medical procedures, making it the third leading cause of death in the United States, behind only heart disease and cancer deaths. Imagine what that number is today? Ignorance is driving too much of this current plague.
My comment in response: “Thank you kranny!!! You took the words right out of my mouth! I head the International Coalition for Drug Awareness where we focus on this very issue. Would love to have you join us.
Interesting to note is another study done by pharmacists in 1995, due to concern that the drugs they were dispensing were killing too many, was published in “Drug Topics.” They concluded that the death toll for taking prescription meds “as prescribed” was 200,000. So according to the JAMA study you quote, over a five year period the death toll increased by 50,000. Now if the deaths continued to increase only at that rate (although I would expect it to have increased at a much higher rate over the last few years) we should now, 17 years later, have a death toll of at least 420,000 annually.
Losing 420,000 per year would be like having at least two 9/11 tragedies hit this country every week! We went to war for how many years over only one 9/11? Where is the outcry for all of these senseless pharmaceutical deaths?! And people are concerned about guns?! It appears to me that shooting pills is far more lethal!
How to Make the Problem Worse!
With the information finally coming out on how very serious and very lethal these pain killers are the next move is logically to wean patients off these deadly and highly addictive drugs. But what are the new recommendations to help those with pain? What is being recommended are drugs patients who have used both types of drugs say these are FAR MORE DIFFICULT to withdraw from than these pain killers are!! Those drugs now being recommended for pain are antidepressants or Neurontin (gabapentin) or Lyrica. These patients are being led from the frying pan into a raging fire!!!

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