Addiction by Prescription: One Woman’s Triumph and Fight for Change

“In 1966, Joan Gadsby’s four-year-old son died of a brain tumour. In response, her trusted family physician prescribed a “chemical cocktail” of tranquilizers, sleeping pills and anti-depressants – an act that initiated Gadsby’s slow descent into an abyss of unrecognized addiction.

Gadsby has emerged from her addiction to become a tireless advocate for systematic change and accountability in the area of prescribed sedative/hypnotic drugs. She has interviewed thousands – from consumers to doctors to pharmaceutical representatives and government officials as she conducted extensive international research – in her quest to expose the shocking truth of the depth and breadth of addiction by prescription which affects hundreds of thousands of men and women worldwide.”

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