Launch of Just Say ‘Know’ to Prescription Drugs Campaign Quickly Grabs Attention, Key Endorsements and Support From Medical Professionals
Dr. Peter Breggin, Dr. Paul Rosch and Dr. Barry L. Duncan are among the growing list of first movers to join national “prescription drug” awareness campaign aimed at getting one million people to take a second look at the medications they are taking.
New York, NY (PRWEB) September 26, 2006
The Just Say “Know” to Prescription Drugs Campaign, aimed at getting one million people to stop and reevaluate the medications they have been prescribed, secured early support from a number of influential medical professionals yesterday. Dr. Peter Breggin, founder of the Center for the Study of Psychiatry and Psychology; Paul Rosch M. D., President of the American Institute of Stress; and Barry L. Duncan Psy. D. Co-Director of the Institute for the Study of Therapeutic Change (ISTC), are a few of the first responders within the medical community who quickly endorsed the campaign since its launch yesterday. All three pledged to throw their full support behind the effort.
These early endorsements represent the first public reaction to the “Just Say Know” drive to get one million people, to download a form that allows them to thoughtfully evaluate the drugs they are taking. The form collects specific information from their prescribing physician, pharmacist or healthcare provider and requests the provider’s signature attesting that they have fully informed their patient of the risks and benefits of the prescribed medication, as well as non-drug alternatives.
“We’ve only taken the first few steps, but with few exceptions, the initial response has been immediate and overwhelmingly positive,” said Dr. Greg Tefft. co-founder of the campaign. ”Medical professionals are eagerly getting involved and rapidly drawing their social and professional networks into this campaign.”
“Sure… sign me up,” said Barry L. Duncan Psy. D. Co-Director of the Institute for the Study of Therapeutic Change (ISTC) “Most people are uninformed about the potential side effects of their prescribed medication and are not aware of less-risky alternatives. This is an excellent idea.”
One explanation for the positive response is that the Just Say Know to Prescription Drugs Campaign was intentionally designed to be a positive initiative. “The fundamental thrust is not anti-anything,” said Dominick Riccio, Chairman of the Just Say “Know “Campaign. “Rather than being "against" any industry, organization, policy, practice, individual or group of individuals, the campaign is "for" people doing what they are capable of doing for themselves. So far the approach seems to be resonating loudly,” said Riccio.
The advocates are declaring October "Just Say Know to Prescription Drugs Month" and have scheduled a conference in Washington, D. C. on October 7th to officially launch the campaign.
The conference will report that virtually all people are inadequately informed to assess the genuine risks of the drugs--or combination of drugs--they are taking and will suggest "informed consent as the solution."
Organizations and individuals who want to participate may go to any of the following websites, look for the Just Say Know to Prescription Drugs logo, and download the sheet titled "Take This Form and Sign It." Instructions will be provided on each form.
Psych Truth. Org
Laurence Simon Ph. D.
Www. psychtruth. org
Jim Manganiello, Ed. D.
Http://www. mesicsfitness. com/jsn-news. htm (http://www. mesicsfitness. com/jsn-news. htm)
For more information email us or call 212-861-7400 or visit www. psychtruth. org
Http://www. icspp. org (http://www. icspp. org)
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