I'm calling all lawyers, activists, doctors, journalists to rise up and take this issue and try to make a difference-one voice at a time.
Post on facebook
Do a podcast
Write a blog
Be a patient advocate
Listen to your patients
Support your fellow sufferers one person at a time
It's time this harm stops and we can each make a difference slowly until we are believed, our stories are told and preventative measures such as informed consent becomes standard care.
If you are a lawyer, please help us find justice and compensation for YEARS of our lives lost.
I was in the height of my career and earning potential. I literally have NOTHING now and no means of making anything.
The doctor, Dr Steven Tan that pushed this medication on me knew nothing of benzodiazepine withdrawal nor did he warn me of any consequences or methods of tapering or withdrawal. He never informed me at all on how to use this medication safely (by never taking it) and told me it was perfectly safe and that I wasn't an addict.
This is my 4th try getting off this toxic poison and I am exactly 30 days off. My life is completely changed.
I have not been able to work for over a year, and I have not been able to parent my children or take care of myself.
I was denied for disability twice.
I have no way of accessing unemployment or disability as I worked for myself.
I would like to see these doctors educated and providing compensation for our losses.
So, all I can do is write and write until someone somewhere listens and time heals.
I have several more years of tapering subsequent medications. I am not sure if I will ever be able to be medication free as my akathisia is my primary debilitating symptom that renders me entirely disabled and tortured.
Calling all lawyers, activists and victims to work together to put an end to this suffering and the needless drugging of our communities.
Someone who found themselves accidentally dependent and suffered an iatrogenic injury from medications that were prescribed. Sharing experience, strength and hope with others. This is written as a person on this winding path and NOT as a professional. Please contact a licensed professional for any medical/psychological care or advice. This is NOT a substitute for medical or psychological care. What is written here reflects my own personal experience ONLY.