One of the numerous web sites to which I subscribe is Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR).

I am extremely impressed with CCHR’s comprehensive research and the professional manner and thoroughness with which it has presented its findings via its DVDs all of which I have purchased. Whilst sometimes very confronting I found them to be compelling viewing, being extremely informative and educational in their content.

A significant focus of CCHR’s documentaries is the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and the manner with which it devised and promulgated a diagnostic text to facilitate their members being able prescribe prescription drugs, without which they were prohibited by the FDA from doing so. The text to which I refer is the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) and its respective revisions.

During my seventeen years employed by the workers compensation authority in South Australia my responsibilities were such that I had reason to refer to and use the DSM and am therefore conversant with it.

However over the past seven years the DSM has come under close scrutiny and its veracity and efficacy has been significantly challenged as has the APA itself by such persons as peoples advocate Phillip Day.

Judge for yourself!

Here is the link to CCHR:

and to Phillip Day via his publishing site:

CCHR has a very informative and educational web site on the undesired effects of prescription/psychotropic drugs. Note I use the expression undesired effects and not side effects of drugs because in my humble opinion there is no such thing as a side effect.They are the undesired effects!!!!

Should you be interested to learn more here is the link

Interestingly, on Monday the 27th September 2010 the Australian Broadcasting Corporation televised a very informative yet compelling 4 Corners program titled ‘OxyContin The Hidden Epidemic – how the misuse of prescription drugs is creating a new generation of addicts’. The focus of the program is the legally prescribed drug opioid derivative OxyContin.

Below is an extract from the transcript with Matthew Carney reporting/interviewing:

'MATTHEW CARNEY: In America, Oxycodone use has exploded into a full blown epidemic. It’s the number one drug problem.

(Footage from the documentary ‘The OxyContin Express’)

VOICEOVER: When a lot of us think prescription drug abuse, we think Anna Nicole Smith, Health Ledger, Michael Jackson.

But the story of the celebrity overdose overshadows a much larger issue.

In the United States, more people are now using prescription drugs than heroin, cocaine and ecstasy combined.

The drug of choice is Oxycodone, the synthetic opioid better known as the brand Oxycontin.

MATTHEW CARNEY: Prescription opioids have lead to soaring rates of addiction and crime. It’s destroying families and just in Florida it’s killing 11 people a day.

DOCUMENTARY VOICEOVER: Doctors in Florida prescribe at five times the national average.

The effect of these flood of pills is alarming and is being felt well beyond the sunshine state’s borders. (Flipping through prescription booklet) One after the other, just Oxycodone after Oxycodone after Oxycodone.

(End of footage)

MATTHEW CARNEY: In Australia experts fear we’re following the Oxycodone crisis in America and these two graphs reveal why.

Base supply of Oxycodone used to make Oxycontin and OxyNorm has skyrocketed. Since 2000 it’s increased a massive 15 fold.

Hospitalisations in Australia from prescription opioid abuse have dramatically increased.

In the year 1998 to 1999, heroin accounted for about 70 per cent of all overdoses.

A decade later the stats have flipped. Prescription opioids now account for 80 per cent of all overdoses or poisonings'.

Here is the link to the 4 Corners program:
and here is the link to the American documentary ‘The OxyContin Express’:
Some medications have been linked to an increased risk for violent, even homicidal behavior. A recent study identified 31 drugs that are disproportionately linked with violent behavior.

Time Magazine lists the top ten offenders in the following article: