Friday, June 12, 2009

Drug-Induced Dementia: A Perfect Crime

Under the influence of declining birth rates, expanding longevity, and changing population structures around the world, the global prevalence of senile dementia is expected to increase more than four-fold within the next forty years. Within the United States alone, the number of affected individuals over the age of 65 is expected to rise exponentially from 8 million cases (2% of the entire population in the year 2000), to 18 million retirees (roughly 4.5% of the national census in the year 2040). Although they are striking, these statistics quite likely underestimate the scope of the coming epidemic, as they fail to consider the impact of under-diagnosis, early-onset disease, and the potential for a changing incidence of illness in the context of increasingly toxic environments.

In the face of this imminent crisis, concerned observers have called for policies and practices which aim to prevent, limit, or reverse dementia. Drug-Induced Dementia: A Perfect Crime is a timely resource which reveals why and how medical treatments themselves – specifically, psycho pharmaceuticals – are a substantial cause of brain degeneration and premature death.

A first-of-its-kind resource for patients and clinicians, the book integrates research findings from epidemiology (observational studies of patients in the “real world”), basic biology (animal experiments), and clinical science (neuroimaging and autopsy studies) in order to demonstrate the dementing and deadly effects of psychiatric drugs.

Drug-Induced Dementia: a perfect crime by Grace E. Jackson, MD


Anonymous said...

A perfect crime indeed! And a crime that has been relatively unnoticed and underreported.

Anonymous said...

Despite evidence to contraindicate, antipyschotics and other psychotropics are often administered upon admission to long term cares.

Big pharma lobbies are too strong.

Anonymous said...

I would like to know how many people in nursing homes are forced to take dangerous psychotropic drugs?

When our family member was declared a ward of the state one of the first items after being admitted to nursing home was to get the guardians approval for seroquel for a person who did not need this drug.

The guardian signed consent form before the ward was settled in the room.

The ward was drugged into a zombie state; loss of appetite and loss of the will to live.

The ward suffered great harm; the ward was forced to take seroquel; the ward died in less than 2 months, weighing under 85 pounds.

Anyone who believes the guardianship racket is working in the best interest of the ward, calling volunteers to become a ward of the state?

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Anonymous said...

Actually Drug induced Dementia has been extensively studied and is widely reported. However,
our State and US Legislators are not responding with effective
legislation to prevent
abuse of these drugs. When 'wards' are placed into institutions these drugs are being utilized to
promote compliance to the
facilities many rules and regulations. "Wards" under 'stranger'court appointed Guardians are more at risk for indiscriminate use of psychotropic medications as their rights to refuse
have been taken away along with all their other rights.

Family members of these wards lose their right to Advocate for their loved ones through court appointed 'stranger' Guardians in 'secret' court proceedings of Probate/Juvenile and Family courts now court appointing Guardian at Litems to children of divorcing parents. These Guardians have too much authority given to them by
these Courts that are tearing families further apart and causing emotional and financial devastation for their own personal profit.