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Addiction by Prescription
Addiction by Prescription
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In 1966, Joan Gadsbys four-year-old son died of a brain tumour. In response, her trusted family physician prescribed a chemical cocktail of tranquilizers, sleeping pills and anti-depressants - an act that initiated Gadsbys slow descent into an abyss of unrecognized addiction. Over the next 20 years, Gadsbys career, her family relationships, her financial security and her health were all threatened by her addiction by prescription. She was on various occasions arrested, restrained and, sedated as a result of the paradoxical side effects of the drugs. It was only after she unintentionally overdosed in 1990 and almost lost her life that she found out the insidious effects of the drugs, stopped taking them and went through the hell of withdrawal - alone. Gadsby has emerged from her addiction to become a tireless advocate for systemic change and accountability in the area of prescribed sedative/hypnotic drugs. She has interviewed thousands - from consumers to doctors to pharmaceutical representatives and government officials as she conducted extensive international research - in her quest to expose the shocking truth of the depth and breadth of addiction by prescription which affects hundreds of thousands of men and women worldwide.      

Author: Joan E. Gadsby

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Publisher: Key Porter Books Ltd

Publication Date: 2001-02-01

Our Price: $8.14

ISBN: 1552633349

Joan E. Gadsby  Paperback