We were told just after Whitney Houston died that she did not drown, that six prescription bottles were found in her room and that she was dead before she went under water as very little water was found in her lungs. Weeks later we are told that she did drown and died from the use of Cocaine. The only mention in the media of prescriptions came from a television doctor named Dr. Drew, who commented that withdrawal from Xanax may have played a part in her death. What are we to believe?
The government admits that 100,000 more or less people die every year accidentally from prescription drugs and that these fatalities have taken over as the number one cause of accidental death. More people die from prescription drugs than car crashes and incidences involving firearms. We have been lied to many times over. Still, connecting the dots of deceit is not that hard if you look and listen closely enough.
The many doctors who are standing up against the harm and the abuses are to be respected and commended. I admire every physician with the courage to participate in this debate in public and in practice. Nonetheless, trusting pharmaceutical drugs is risky business indeed. I am no fan of Scientology but perhaps Tom Cruise got it right when he told Matt Laurer on the “Today” show years ago that these Psychiatric drugs are not to be trusted. More harm than good is the key to understanding the problem. The science that folks like Robert Whitaker provide us to make concrete this awareness, helps us be more prepared to execute informed choices. To sometimes say no to the medical establishment.
We have lost a great deal of trust in the authorities who have lied, harmed and profited from that harm. The prescriptions could only be provided by a doctor. A client in the Get Off Prescription Drugs program spoke just last week about doctor defenses and commented, “if the doctors have not harmed any patients with prescriptions, then they have nothing to explain.” As a fellow blogger, who wrote so eloquently about loss and grief involving the harm done to her family by the medical establishment, recently surmised, (I am paraphrasing): the mandate to save lives is more important than the doctor’s job protection.
There is an obligation we share to consumers and patients to beat the drum regarding what creates more harm than good. Many people say that there is a time and a place for prescriptions. Perhaps that is true. But what can we trust about the tales the pharmaceutical companies weave to bolster the bottom line, when one lie (i.e the chemical imbalance theory) is revealed and all of their stories remain suspect?
The rotted fruit must be rooted out and replaced with the truth, with accountability, with open conversation and with authentic understanding. We reverse the violent effects of the harm through kindness, education and care. In order to repair the rotted foundation of the “only out for themselves crowd” we become a band of brothers and sisters that support the revealing of the facts and the recovery from harm.
Now we also have learned the U.S.military is confirming what we have long suspected: that the overwhelming use of prescriptions with the troops are directly linked to the epidemic suicide rate among soldiers and the out of control aggression we see demonstrated toward innocent civilians with what the soldiers refer to as “go pills.” The deceptions from the top have transformed into an insatiable devil with an appetite for self-harm and toward the bullying and the annihilation of others.
In the words of Martin Luther King, Jr.:
“ The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it. Through violence you may murder the liar but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth. In fact, violence merely increases the lie. Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
Healing ourselves with truth, speaking it to power, opening our minds and hearts to information delivered to us with integrity, and our commitment to the care of others who are suffering are equidistant to the ripening of the rotted fruit.
Mad in America hosts blogs by a diverse group of writers. These posts are designed to serve as a public forum for a discussion—broadly speaking—of psychiatry and its treatments. The opinions expressed are the writers’ own.