Psychiatric Drugs Send 90,000 to Emergency Rooms Each Year

Psychiatric Drugs Send 90,000 to Emergency Rooms Each Year

With the release of a recent JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) psychiatry study showing that psychiatric drugs send nearly 90,000 Americans to emergency rooms annually, CCHR, the leading mental health watchdog, says there is a need for consumers to search its Psychiatric Drug Side Effects Database to learn the documented risks of these drugs.

The JAMA study reinforces the need for full disclosure and, with 79 million Americans taking at least one psychiatric drug, the study’s limited data at least provides an honest appraisal of the growing problem of adverse events associated with psychiatric drugs.

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CCHR Says Congress Should Look at Conflicts of Interest Influencing VA’s Failure to Investigate Psychotropic Drug Deaths

While Congress currently is focusing on the VA’s alleged poor quality of care due to long wait times for medical access, still, little to no attention is being given to the hundreds of veteran cardiac arrests and suicides that occurred after being prescribed cocktails of dangerous psychotropic drugs, especially antipsychotics. Why?

CCHR believes that conflicts of interest on the part of psychiatrists serving the VA and the pharmaceutical companies may provide answers as to why sudden deaths from antipsychotics, and suicides linked to antidepressants, are still are being ignored.

It is for this reason that CCHR presented written testimony this year to Congressional hearings into military and veteran deaths.

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Parking Meters in Pasadena Will Collect Donations for the Homeless

Parking Meters in Pasadena Will Collect Donations for the Homeless

By Alan Pyke

If giving money to panhandlers makes you queasy but refusing them makes you feel like Ebeneezer Scrooge, one California city thinks it has a solution for you. There are now 14 bright orange parking meters scattered around Pasadena that will collect money for organizations that help the homeless, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The goal of the group behind the meters — the Real Change Movement — is “to help provide homes for the homeless through small change and credit card donations,” according to a release on the organization’s website. It hopes the meters will become “symbols of help and hope.”

But one local activist called the meters “asinine” and told the Times he is skeptical they will help the city’s homeless on balance. “If we would get serious about addressing the actual economic and social issues that we find so offputting, we wouldn’t need meters,” anti-homelessness advocate Paul Boden told the newspaper.

Compared to other cities that have criminalized panhandling, the meters are a mild response to taxpayer discomfort with the indigent. But the reality for beggars doesn’t square with the stereotypes. A Pasadena official interviewed by the Times cited a San Francisco panhandler survey that found 44 percent of those soliciting handouts admitted to buying drugs or alcohol with the money, and suggested that the survey supports the city’s belief that the meters will help raise money for the homeless. But as ThinkProgress’ Scott Keyes detailed last year, that survey disproves many popular myths about panhandlers: 94 percent used their money to buy food, fewer than one in three are drug addicts or alcoholics, most make less than $25 a day, and a quarter are military veterans.

By discouraging panhandling, Pasadena’s meters could end up pushing homeless people into other parts of town or over the city line into other communities. That is not the intention of the Real Change Movement, according to its website, and the movement’s stated goal of funding housing puts it in line with the expert consensus about what works to rehabilitate the homeless. Activists and federal housing officials alike have shifted their focus in recent years to prioritize putting homeless people in permanent housing. A shelter bed can provide food, safety, and rare opportunities for social contact and community for a night or two. But a permanent place to live is the springboard that homeless people need to start rebuilding stable lives and finding gainful employment. It costs three times more to leave someone on the street for a year than it does to simply give them a house, given the medical and incarceration costs homeless people incur on the many cities that treat them as a criminal nuissance.

Combined with support services and social workers, permanent housing is the key to helping homeless people turn their lives around. Despite the consensus around that tactic, however, funding is often lacking. Washington, D.C.’s anti-homelessness working group announced earlier this month that it expects a 16 percent surge in homeless families seeking shelter this winter but has not been able to increase its bed capacity by nearly enough to keep up. Even in cities where permanent housing programs take root and thrive, like Atlanta, a small bureaucratic dispute over funding can dissolve years of rehabilitative work. Homelessness mitigation efforts nationwide took a hit from the federal budget cuts known as sequestration last year, which squeezed funding to one of the most effective federal anti-homelessness programs.

The success or failure of Pasadena’s well-intentioned parking meters effort will depend on how much money it actually produces for housing the homeless. Examples from similar campaigns in other cities suggest that the campaign could thrive or flop. A similar effort in Denver reportedly raised $30,000 a year for the city’s advocacy organizations, according to the Times, but Orlando’s meters took three years to raise enough money to even offset the $2,000 the city spent installing the things.

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California Just Banned Free Plastic Bags. Hold the Rejoicing.

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California Just Banned Free Plastic Bags. Hold the Rejoicing.

For a paper bag to be better, you have to use it four times.

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“Fish & Dairy do Not Mix in Ottumwa, Iowa”

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Fish & Dairy do Not Mix in Ottumwa, Iowa "How like herrings and onions our vices are in the morning after we have committed them." - Samuel Taylor Coleridge * * * * During my twentieth century pre-vegan days of gluttony, I was a big fan of Jewish soul food. One of my favorite Sunday morning breakfasts was herring in sour cream sauce served with thinly sliced onions and rye bread. Invariably, an hour after overeating this dairy-infused fish up to my gills, I would suffer a painful stomach ache. The culinary pleasure was worth the subsequent inevitable suffering. Ottumwa, Iowa is farm country. If you were a M*A*S*H fan, you know that one of the main characters from the television show, movie, and book of the same name was Corporal "Radar" O'Reilly. Radar's hometown was Ottumwa, Iowa, and he represented all that was wonderful and sometimes naive about rural…

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State lawmakers to consider execution by gas


State lawmakers to consider execution by gas

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State lawmakers to consider execution by gas

Oklahoma would become the first state to execute condemned inmates using nitrogen gas under a proposal that will be presented next week to a legislative committee.

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All the Online study, all the DVDs and all the meetups have culminated in this.’s first ever ASL video jokes. Please enjoy these immensely funny jokes, presented in full video splendor.

BitcoDavid is a blogger and a blog site consultant. In former lives, he was an audio engineer, a videographer, a teacher – even a cab driver. He is an avid health and fitness enthusiast and a Pro/Am boxer. He has spent years working with diet and exercise to combat obesity and obesity related illness.

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