The Japan Times (Tuesday, March 13, 2012)
― Japan resident seeks to spread word about the dangers of benzodiazepines ―
By SIMON SCOTT
(This article gives an excellent overview of my case)
NZ Herald (Sunday, April 15, 2012)
By Chloe Johnson
Yomiuri Newspaper 1 (Monday, August 20, 2012)
Book Coverage (Wednesday, 20 December, 2013)
The Dark Side of Mental Health
By Mitsunobu Sato
Published by: Kodansha Publishing Company
This is not fiction
Some alarming truths about the dark side of psychiatrists
NB: Although my complaint was not related to mental health, my story was included in this book highlighting an increase in off-label prescribing to the unsuspecting general public.
Yomiuri Newspaper 2 (Friday, April 11, 2014)
(This article introduces the launching of my website “Benzo Case Japan”)
Online Interview: Audio only (Friday, May 23, 2014)
Episode 60: Dave talks with Wayne Douglas about benzodiazepine drugs.
By Dave Carlson
Subject: episode 60 - Powerful.
Good interview with Wayne. One of my co-workers back in America had to cope with those drugs too. It's really good to get the awareness out there in the world. If Joe Rogan found this episode, I think he would say, “Powerful.”
Thanks for all you do.
Asahi Newspaper (Tuesday, July 22, 2014)
Be Careful of Hypnotic / Anxiolytic Drug Dependency – Even on Prescribed Doses
By Editorial Board Member: Fumikazu Asai
NB: The survey referred to in this article consists of many shortfalls, failing to expose the true scale of the situation.
Dr. Peter Breggin Interview (Wednesday, September 21, 2016)
Dr. Peter Breggin on the left and me wearing my World Benzodiazepine Awareness Day shirt in Tokyo on July 11.
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For an article that gives an excellent overview of my case, I recommend reading the Japan Times feature article.
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THE WRITING IS
ON THE WALL
for benzodiazepine use
Dr Andrew Byrne
Redfern NSW Australia
Benzodiazepine Dependence, 1997
“If any drug over time is going to just rob you of your identity [leading to] long, long term disaster, it has to be benzodiazepines.”
Dr John Marsden,
Institute of Psychiatry, London
November 1, 2007
“Benzos are responsible for more pain, unhappiness and damage than anything else in our society.”
Phil Woolas MP,
Deputy Leader of the House of Commons,
Oldham Chronicle, February 12, 2004
“The benzodiazepines are probably the most addictive drugs ever created and the vast army of enthusiastic doctors who prescribed these drugs by the tonne have created the world's largest drug addiction problem.”
The Drugs Myth, 1992
BLUNKETT ON BENZOS:
IT’S A NATIONAL SCANDAL!
David Blunkett, British MP
February 24, 1994
“If there's a pill, then pharmaceutical companies will find a disease for it.”
The Independent, April 17, 2002.
“To rely on the drug companies for unbiased evaluations of their products makes about as much sense as relying on beer companies to teach us about alcoholism.”
Marcia Angell MD
(Former) Executive Editor New England Journal of Medicine
“It is more difficult to withdraw people from benzodiazepines than it is from heroin.”
“Withdrawal symptoms can last months or years in 15% of long-term users. In some people, chronic use has resulted in long-term, possibly permanent disability.”
“Clearly, the aim of all involved in this sorry affair is the provision of justice for the victims of tranquillisers.”
Justice or Not?
This section focuses on some of the apparent injustices of the Japanese courts in my case. To help highlight these, some parts of this section include cross-referencing between the High Court Verdict and the Addiction Reports which were all based on the official evidence and the DSM-IV-TR diagnostic criteria for dependency.