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This site is dedicated to providing accurate information about psychiatric medications including their addictive nature and how to get help.

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Dear Visitors to this Site

For almost twenty years this site has provided information on the potential harms of many psychiatric drugs including Benzodiazepines, sleeping pills, anti-depressants and anti-psychotics.

Use of Prescription Psychiatric Drugs Soaring

Early research is indicating that during this time of coronavirus the use of prescription psychiatric drugs is soaring. Many of us are turning to benzodiazepines, sleeping pills and antidepressants to try to deal with the losses, sadness and changes we are all experiencing.

This is a fearful, stressful and exhausting time! Although it will end, we don't know when.

Understand the Risks

Using psychiatric drugs or sleeping pills to try to get through this is understandable but there are real risks in doing so. Some of these risks include experiencing a range of side effects including depression, changes in thinking and sexual problems, difficulties getting off the drug if you use it for more than a few weeks and, eventually, an increase in many of the symptoms you originally took the drug for.

Be Cautions & Full Informed

You can find information about this on this site.

So please be cautious and become fully informed before you decide to use these drugs. Remember this period of our lives will end!

Reach Out, Stay in Touch

Reach out to friends and family and stay in touch with people who care about you. Reach out to others in the same way!

Remember, many of us are going through exactly what you are.

Exercise Helps

Try to get some exercise every day — it really helps with sleep and anxiety.

Good luck. Be safe and well.

Recent News

NEW! February 15/21 — 1 in 4 seniors in New Brunswick take sleeping pills.

Regular use of sleeping pills can lead to dependence, memory loss and unsteadiness.

NEW! February 8/21 — Handling depression in COVID without drugs.

January 27/21 — Health Canada Safety Review: Common antidepressants and the potential risk of sexual dysfunction after treatment discontinuation.

January 23/21 — Relation of severe COVID-19 to polypharmacy and prescribing of psychotropic drugs.

January 23/21 — GPs' insights about discontinuing long-term antidepressant use.

January 19/21 — New patients lead rise in claims for antidepressants.

Archived News

Older stories are archived on the Older Stories page.



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Updated February 15, 2021