Our Daily Meds: Melody Petersen

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Melody Petersen

More than 100,000 people die in the US each year from prescription drugs — used as directed by their doctor. How did aggressive marketing make our health care system a cause of widespread sickness? Why haven’t government regulation or medical research been able to protect the public?

New York Times health reporter Melody Petersen discusses her new book, Our Daily Meds: How the Pharmaceutical Companies Transformed Themselves into Slick Marketing Machines and Hooked the Nation on Prescription Drugs.


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  1. I personally will not allow the child psychiatrist find justification to utilize my 13-year old as a guinea pig. Anti-psychotic medications; zyprexa, moban, clozipane, and others are lethal. I do not want neurotransmitters to be readjusted and blocked. No one ever suggested intense psychotherapy. What happened to tender loving kindness! What rights do parents have when we speak out against medication? Right away, you are looked as an adversary. Someone who has read too many books. Like a charge nurse told my husband and I when she put her big foot in her mouth, “You should stop reading those kinds of books. These kids need to be on meds. It helps them.” No, they do not. It helps create a dependency on the drug. I want a strong advocate to put away the psychiatric pushers in child and adolescent units. There exists no biological/chemical test to diagnose someone with schizophrenia, bipolar, or any mental illness. Take off the edge of what? Promoting anti-psychotic and anti-depressants medications is pure evil. I want to stomp my foot with other eager parents in Washington, D.C. and lobby extensively, if I could. There needs to be a major public outcry against “medication madness.” Enough of stepford children lobotomy! Let’s organize!

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