Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Comments by edward1

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  • It is mind boggling how many unproven assumptions all this “epidemic” and “addiction” rhetoric. Institutionalized medicine and psychiatry have created this “fiction” of ADHD to promote use of stimulants, which is silly on its face. If individuals are seeking stimulants, then they should be available without having to be “diagnosed.” The healthcare provider should merely educate the user. There are millions of people who enjoy a variety of stimulants, be it coffee, modifinal, amphetamines, etc. Likewise, there are millions of people who use opiates in a responsible manner, and it enhances their lives. Big Pharma has never forced anyone to take anything against their will. Opiates, Stimulants, depressants, do not have human agency. Drugs do not produce drug addicts..our society creates the need for speed and performance…until you address that underlying dynamic, there will be a huge demand for stimulants…

  • I agree that Big Pharma should be held accountable for manufacturing and selling unsafe drugs; however, this purported “opioid epidemic” is pure scapegoating and political opportunism. There needs to a critique of this “opioid epidemic.” Most people who are prescribed an opioid do not become “addicted” and then overdose. Unlike “biological psychiatry,” opioids do not hijack one’s freewill. Opioids do not have any agency whatsoever. Suing Big Pharma will no nothing to reduce rates of drug abuse or rates of “addiction.” Why doesn’t the attorney general sue the APA for their endorsing psychiatrist pushing psychoactive drugs?

  • Richard…I have read both books–both be well argued. However, I believe you misstate the lack of warnings and Big Pharma representing as “safe.” “Safe” in what way? Aspirin is labeled safe, but can cause seizure and death? As to lack of warning, I reviewed several neutral “apolazam” inserts, and they all give very detailed warnings about abrupt withdrawal and tapering, dosages, etc., for both long-term and short-term use…Big Pharma is pigeon holed into stating Xanax is effective in treating “anxiety disorder” “insomnia” since that is the accepted “official diagnosis,” albeit, there is no such thing…bogus psychiatric fiction, but psychiatry establishes the rules and they must frame it that way for FDA consideration (not that I deny people suffer from debilitating anxiety)..All Big Pharma should have to say is these pills may help with episodic anxiety, give dosage recommendations, and provide warning about long-term, tapering, etc….Moreover, regardless of any “anxiety conditions,” Benzo’s like opioids are excellent if you simply enjoy the euphoria or whatever pleasure you derive from their ingestion, just don’t mix them and don’t take everyday..exercise self restraint…most people who take xanax, opioids ,etc..have no problems…I don’t want the state telling me or my doctor what i can and cannot take….it is not fair to people you enjoy benzos–or whatever drug–to be restricted from use because some people have bad experience.. Is that fair in a democracy?

    Finally, you state that “tens of thousands of people are searching for help” Help for what?

  • Richard , you state “Big Pharma consistently mislabeled their drugs, corrupted research studies, held back incriminating data, and conducted fraudulent PR campaigns to get their drugs FDA approved, and then spent billions to create a broad market for the prolific prescribing by doctors. How can you minimize the nature of these criminal acts?”

    Begs several questions: What was the mislabeled? Benzos are benzos…opioids are opioids? What “incriminating data?” All drugs studies have incriminating data to one extent or the other…all on how presented…. Dosages are clear. What was the fraud? What “criminal acts” was big pharma convicted of? People also take the drugs with “reckless impunity.” Don’t agree with your scapegoating paternalistic ideology. There is no way to disprove a drug is non-addictive” or to prove a drug is addictive…..opioid. bezos, etc…they can be poison or they can be therapeutic….users choice…between MD and user..keep the state out of my relationship with my MD! Use drug responsibly as an adult, or don’t use at all….pretty simple….ERS.

  • Richard,

    Thank you for your response. There should be some limited controls on drugs. If I desire to take xanax for whatever reason, best to do so with access to doctor. You are right that modern society plays a major role in creating anxious citizens, so good thing we have benzos–benzos were created in tandem with modernity. Nothing wrong with Big Pharma manufacturing and marketing their pills, so long as they don’t mislabel.. Big Pharma does not create addicts. Xanax/Opiods do not cause addiction any more than say chocolate, and there is no proof showing otherwise. There is no credible proof a pharmaceutical agent can hi-jack human agency. That logic is as absurd as the presumptions underlying biological psychiatry. It appears from your blog that everyone is aware of the adverse health effects of long-term reliance on benzos or any other psychotropic drugs–so be careful. Time to look inward not outward. Drugs have no agency.
    Thanks ED

  • Appreciate the article, but not sure why this relentless demonization of big pharma and benzos…..similar trope over current “opiod” hysteria…blaming “opiod addiction” on Big Pharma and “oxycontin, etc. Big Pharma should be celebrated for providing us these ameliorative drugs. Psychiatry should be abolished, but this scapegoating of drugs is misplaced. Benzos are an excellent anixolitic for episodic anxiety or to just chill out–you clearly don’t want to take over long-term–pretty simple. If you can’t restrain yourself, then get help doing so, but just because you can’t, don’t retch-up the restrictions for the vast majority of users who can use prudently.. People have unhealthy “addictions” or “dependency” on thousands of different things/activities unrelated to drug use–no reason to single out benzos as the bane of society….