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Are Drugs Bad For You?

July 25, 2010 Leave a comment

Drugs have been part of our culture since the middle of the last century. Popularized in the 1960s by music and mass media, they invade all aspects of society.

An estimated 208 million people internationally consume illegal drugs. In the United States, results from the 2007 National Survey on Drug Use and Health showed that 19.9 million Americans (or 8% of the population aged 12 or older) used illegal drugs in the month prior to the survey.

You probably know someone who has been affected by drugs, directly or indirectly.

The most commonly used—and abused—drug in the US is alcohol. Alcohol-related motor accidents are the second leading cause of teen death in the United States.

The most commonly used illegal drug is marijuana. According to the United Nations 2008 World Drug Report, about 3.9% of the world’s population between the ages of 15 and 64 abuse marijuana.

Young people today are exposed earlier than ever to drugs. Based on a survey by the Centers for Disease Control in 2007, 45% of high school students nationwide drank alcohol and 19.7% smoked pot during a one-month period.

In Europe, recent studies among 15- and 16-year-olds suggest that use of marijuana varies from under 10% to over 40%, with the highest rates reported by teens in the Czech Republic (44%), followed by Ireland (39%), the UK (38%) and France (38%). In Spain and the United Kingdom, cocaine use among 15- to 16-year-olds is 4% to 6%. Cocaine use among young people has risen in Denmark, Italy, Spain, UK, Norway and France.

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Side Effects of Antipsychotics (Major Tranquilizers or Neuroleptics)

November 7, 2007 5 comments

The below information is taken from a report which overviews the side effects of common psychiatric drugs and includes information on drug regulatory agency warnings, studies and other reports that may not appear in the packaging information for the drugs themselves.

ANTIPSYCHOTICS
(Called Major Tranquilizers or Neuroleptics)

BRAND NAMES: (Older Antipsychotics)

Amidate
Arvynol
Dalmane
Demerol
Depakote
Doriden
Dormalin
Geodon
Haldol
Largon
Lidone
Loxitane
Mellaril
Moban
Navane
Nembutal
Neurontin
Nozinan
Orap
Permitil
Phenergan
Proketazine
Prolixin
Proscom
Quide
Repoise
Serlect
Seroquel
Sparine
Stelazine
Taractan
Tegretol
Thorazine
Tindal
Topamax
Trancopal
Triclos
Trilafon
Versed
Vesprin

BRAND NAMES: (Newer Antipsychotics)

Abilify
Ambien
Clozaril
Compazine
Lamictal
Reserpine
Risperdal
Serentil
Zyprexa

Side Effects:

Akathisia*
Abnormal gait (manner of walking)
Birth defects
Blindness
Blood disorders
Blood-sugar
abnormalities
Blurred vision
Cardiac arrest
Confusion
Death from liver failure
Depression
Diabetes
Drowsiness
Extreme inner-anxiety
Fatal blood clots
Headache
Heart arrhythmia
Heart failure
Heart palpitation
Heat stroke
Hemorrhage
Hostility
Hyperglycemia (abnormally high blood sugar)
Hypoglycemia (abnormally low blood sugar)
Impotence
Insomnia
Involuntary movements
Light-headedness
Manic reaction
Muscle rigidity
Nausea
Nervousness
Neuroleptic malignant
Syndrome*
Nightmares
Painful skin rashes
Pancreatitis (inflammation of pancreas, a gland near the stomach that helps digestion)
Poor concentration
Restlessness
Seizures
Sexual dysfunction
Sleepiness
Spasms
Suicidal thoughts
Swollen and leaking breasts
Tachycardia (heart irregularity)
Tardive dyskinesia*
Tremors
Violence
Vomiting
Weakness
Weight gain68

*Akathisia: A, meaning “without” and kathisia, meaning “sitting,” an inability to keep still. Patients pace about uncontrollably. The side effect has been linked to assaultive, violent behavior.69

*Neuroleptic malignant syndrome: A potentially fatal toxic reaction where patients break into fevers and become confused, agitated, and extremely rigid. An estimated 100,000 Americans have died from it after taking the older antipsychotics.70

*Tardive Dyskinesia: Tardive, meaning “late” and dyskinesia meaning, “abnormal movement of muscles.” Tardive Dyskinesia is a permanent impairment of the power of voluntary movement of the lips, tongue, jaw, fingers, toes, and other body parts.71

GENERAL WARNINGS AND STUDIES ON ANTIPSYCHOTICS:

The Journal of Toxicology reported that the newer antipsychotics “will soon account for the majority of poisonings from antipsychotic agents that get presented to health care facilities in the U.S.”72 It found “seizures are uncommonly associated with atypical antipsychotic agents following both therapeutic doses and overdoses.” And “the ingestion of a single tablet of clozapine (Clozaril), olanzapine (Zyprexa) and risperidone (Risperidal) may cause significant toxicity in a toddler. Ataxia (involuntary muscular movement), confusions, EPS (extrapyramidal symptoms—nerve damage), coma, and respiratory arrest have been reported following ingestion of 50-200mg of clozapine in toddlers.”73

September 2003: The FDA requested the makers of six newer antipsychotic drugs add a caution to their labeling language about the potential risk of diabetes and blood sugar abnormalities.74

June 2004: The Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration published an Adverse Drug Reactions Bulletin reporting that the newer antipsychotics could increase the risk of diabetes.75

September 22, 2005: Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman of Columbia University and other researchers published a study in The New England Journal of Medicine that compared the older generation of antipsychotics with several newer ones. Far from proving effectiveness, of the 1,493 patients who had participated, 74% discontinued their antipsychotic drugs before the end of their treatment due to inefficacy, intolerable side effects or other reasons. After 18 months of taking Zyprexa, 64% of the patients taking this stopped, most commonly because it caused sleepiness, weight gain or neurological symptoms like stiffness and tremors.76

December 1, 2005: Researchers found that 18% of nearly 23,000 elderly patients taking the older antipsychotics died within the first six months of taking them.77

May 2, 2006: USA Today released the results of an analysis of Food and Drug Administration (FDA) data that showed at least 45 children died between 2000 and 2004 from the side effects of antipsychotic drugs (Clozaril, Risperdal, Zyprexa, Seroquel, Abilify and Geodon). Despite an adults-only FDA approval for these drugs, according to the USA Today, up to 2.5 million children have been prescribed them. As the FDA’s Adverse Drug Reactions reporting database only collects 1% to 10% of drug-induced side effects and deaths, the true child death rate could be between 450 and several thousand. The USA Today exposé ran on its front page and in a series of 5 other articles spanning 4 pages. Further, there were 1,328 reports of other side effects, some life threatening such as convulsions and low white blood cell count.78

WARNINGS ON SPECIFIC ANTIPSYCHOTICS:

ABILIFY:

Abilify and other antipsychotic drugs have caused a condition referred to as neuroleptic malignant syndrome. This is potentially fatal and patients who develop this syndrome may have high fevers, muscle rigidity, altered mental status, irregular pulse or blood pressure, rapid heart rate, excessive sweating, and heart arrhythmias (irregularities).79

Body temperature regulation—disruption of the body’s ability to reduce core body temperature—has been attributed to antipsychotic agents such as Abilify.80

In April 2003, the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen conducted their own review of information published on Abilify. They based their evaluation primarily on publicly available FDA reviews of information submitted by the manufacturer of Abilify in gaining FDA approval for the drug. FDA approval was based on just five trials lasting four to six weeks. According to Public Citizen, “…nothing in these five trials can lead one to believe that aripiprazole (Abilify) is a meaningful advancement in the treatment of schizophrenia.”81

The information insert on Abilify lists hyperglycemia (abnormally high blood sugar—usually associated with diabetes), hypoglycemia (abnormally low blood sugar) and diabetes as possible side effects.82

ZYPREXA:

July 22, 2005: Eli Lilly, the manufacturer of the antipsychotic drug, Zyprexa, agreed to pay $1.07 billion to settle more than 8,000 claims against the drug alleging it can potentially cause life-threatening diabetes.83

September 22, 2005: Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman of Columbia University and other researchers published a study in The New England Journal of Medicine comparing an older generation of antipsychotics with several newer ones.84 After 18 months on Zyprexa, 64% of the patients taking this had stopped, most commonly because it was not well tolerated and caused sleepiness, weight gain or neurological symptoms like stiffness and tremors.85

The Citizens Commission on Human Rights investigates and exposes psychiatric violations of human rights. It works shoulder-to-shoulder with like-minded groups and individuals who share a common purpose to clean up the field of mental health. It shall continue to do so until psychiatry’s abusive and coercive practices cease and human rights and dignity are returned to all.

For further information consult the Physicians’ Desk Reference, which can be found at http://www.pdrhealth.com. It could be dangerous to immediately cease taking psychiatric drugs because of significant and dangerous withdrawal side effects. No one should stop taking any psychiatric drug without the advice and assistance of a competent, medical doctor. This report and CCHR does not offer medical advice or recommendations.

They said drugs would make you cool… video

October 27, 2007 Leave a comment

 

They said drugs would make you cool…

You have to watch this video.

Joints

They said drugs would
make you cool…

Kids, on Drugs

October 27, 2007 2 comments

The Truth About Drugs

A public service short film from Kids on Stage for a Better World.

Written and Directed by Laurie Bartilson.

Why is Cocaine so Addictive?

October 26, 2007 2 comments

Of all drugs, cocaine creates the greatest psychological dependence. It stimulates key pleasure centers within the brain and causes extremely heightened euphoria. However, an individual quickly develops a tolerance to the drug, requiring higher dosages and more frequent use in order to get the same effect. Cocaine cravings can be so strong that just the memory of the euphoria associated with use of the drug can trigger the desire to use it again, even after long periods of abstinence.

Deadly combinations of drugs.

Cocaine is sometimes taken with other drugs, including tranquilizers, amphetamines, marijuana and heroin. Such combinations greatly magnify the danger of using cocaine. In addition to the likelihood of developing a two-drug habit, one can easily create a mixture of narcotics that proves fatal.

Hashish: A dangerous road toward cocaine addiction

A hashish or marijuana user is ten times more likely to become a cocaine or heroin addict than a cigarette smoker is to develop lung cancer.

“I had no more future. I did not see how I could escape my cocaine dependence. I was lost. I was ‘exploding’ and unable to stop myself from continuing to seriously abuse cocaine. I had hallucinations that animals were crawling under my skin. I felt them each time that I shot up and scraped myself with the point of my syringe until I started bleeding in order to make them leave. I was once bleeding so heavily from this I ended up in the hospital.”

Cocaine causes heart, kidney, brain and lung damage. What are the sort-term effects of cocaine? All drugs are poisons. The amount you take determines how a drug will effect you. A small amount can make you feel euphoric, energetic, talkative and mentally alert. Larger doses put you to sleep. An even larger dose can kill you. This is true of cocaine or any drug.

Initially, a cocaine high may last from 15 to 30 minutes, but as one’s tolerance to the drug increases, the high may last only 5 to 10 minutes, requiring increasingly larger and larger amounts of the drug to get the same effect.

Quantities of several hundred milligrams or more intensify the user’s high, but lead to bizarre, erratic and violent behavior. A person on the drug can experience tremors, dizziness, muscle twitches and paranoia. The drug can react on the heart, resulting in heart attack, seizures and failure in breathing.

What are the long-term effects of cocaine?

The phrase “dope fiend” was originally coined many years ago to describe the negative side-effects of constant cocaine use. As tolerance to the drug increases, it becomes necessary to take greater and greater quantities to get the same effects. Prolonged daily use causes sleep deprivation and loss of appetite. A person can become psychotic and begin to experience hallucinations.

Coming down from the drug causes severe depression, a state that becomes deeper and deeper with each repeated use of the drug. In this condition, a person will do almost anything to get it, including commit murder. And if one cannot get cocaine, the depression can deepen to such a degree that he or she becomes suicidal.

“Don’t touch cocaine. I spent two years in jail because I took this drug. And when I got out, life was so hard I started taking the drug again. I know ten girls who became prostitutes because of coke. It’s much more extreme and degrading than we believe. At the time we take it, we don’t realize to what degree it is destroying us.”

The effects of cocaine and crack

Physiological Effects

  • increased heart rate and breathing
  • increased blood pressure
  • heart palpitations
  • weight loss, loss of appetite
  • uncontrollable tremors
  • insomnia
  • rapid breathing
  • muscle twitches
  • fever
  • pale, sickly complexion
  • impotence
  • dilated pupils
  • cold sweats
  • fatigue
  • constipation
  • headaches
  • blurred vision
  • seizures
  • nasal congestion

Changes in Personality/Behavior

  • lying
  • stealing
  • loss of ambition
  • short temper
  • irresponsibility
  • inability to hold a job
  • depression
  • feeling confused
  • prone to accidents
  • hallucinations
  • anxiety
  • paranoia
  • fits of panic
  • poor concentration
  • loss of interest in sex
  • dulled emotions
  • suicidal tendencies

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A Deadly White Powder

October 26, 2007 Leave a comment

Cocaine is one of the oldest and most dangerous drugs known to man. It is highly addictive and once a person begins taking it, it is almost impossible to free oneself from its grip. Today, cocaine is a world-wide, multi-billion dollar enterprise. Once considered a “rich man’s drug,” a young person today can buy a few grams of cocaine for little more than the cost of a movie ticket.

“You believe that coke will increase your perceptions, that it will allow you to surpass yourself, that you will be able to control things. It’s bloody nonsense. Soon you won’t pay your bills, you won’t bathe anymore, you give up your friends, your family. You will become defenseless and alone.”

But cocaine is very addictive. It can cause death from respiratory failure, stroke, cerebral hemorrhage or heart attack. Babies born to cocaine-addicted mothers are born addicts themselves. And many suffer birth defects, irreversible genetic damage and many other problems.

Cocaine use continues to flourish, even though the drug is so dangerous. Perhaps this is due to the large amount of false information about the drug that results in increasing numbers of people becoming trapped in the grip of addiction, unable to escape.

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A book with the answer to drugs

October 26, 2007 Leave a comment

There is an answer to drugs.

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