Seroquel Abuse Rising, Along With Ambulance Calls

Kermit Cole
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Australian researchers have uncovered an alarming increase of Seroquel-related ambulances calls. Rising prescriptions of of the drug along with its developing use as a drug of abuse have contributed to an increase from 32 calls to 598 over the last ten years. One author, speaking about Seroquel in Australian Doctor, said “quetiapine-related overdoses were more likely to result in … coma or death than all other antipsychotics combined.”

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Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry March 2012 vol. 46 no. 3: 279-280

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Kermit Cole
Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected]

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