Monthly Archives: July 2017

Nothing is ever quite what it seems

Having been sedated for 40 years by a prescription drug and having spent 3.5 years in bed suffering a horrendous withdrawal, I am now seeing the world as it really is.   Politicians cannot be trusted, they spin facts and … Continue reading

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Vernon Coleman’s blog – benzos, the BMA and betrayal

I have lived through the era of benzodiazepines.   They are almost as old as I am but not quite.  I remember the documentaries on TV.  I knew for many years about the damaging effects of these drugs but felt … Continue reading

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Letter to Chair of RCGP, Helen Stokes-Lampard

Dear Dr Stokes-Lampard I note that on Twitter you say you care passionately, are 100% busy and 100% enthusiastic.  I am wondering what you are busy doing, what you are enthusiastic about and who or what you care passionately about. … Continue reading

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Open letter to UK Health Departments

Prescribed Drug Dependence is a most urgent and pressing national issue For decades, victims of prescribed drug dependence (PDD) have campaigned for appropriate services on the NHS.  Most notably, Barry Haslam, former Chair of Oldham Tranx, who continues the fight … Continue reading

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Referral to Prof David Healy / spoke to BMA

I had a reassuring conversation with our contact at the BMA.  We have all been deeply disappointed that the Dept of Health has refused to fund a helpline.  The BMA will continue to press for this nevertheless.  It was nice … Continue reading

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Another letter published in BJGP re MUS

http://bjgp.org/content/early/2017/07/03/bjgp17X691697/tab-e-letters

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Another letter published in the BMJ

Another opportunity to get our voices heard in a medical journal. http://www.bmj.com/content/357/bmj.j3129/rapid-responses

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