New York, NY (PRWEB) May 06, 2014
The international mental health watchdog, Citizens Commission on Human Rights’ (CCHR) organized a march through the streets of New York protesting the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and that it is ignoring the psychotropic drug connection to hundreds of sudden deaths of soldiers and vets. This culminated in the opening of an exhibit that centers around The Hidden Enemy: Inside Psychiatry’s Covert Agenda, a documentary which covers psychiatric drug abuse in the military and includes interviews with veterans brought to the brink of suicide after being prescribed cocktails of psychiatric drugs documented to cause violent and suicidal behavior. (Watch Chapter 7, “Epidemic: Suicide,” of the documentary here.) A petition was released at the opening of its exhibit at the Foxwoods Theater on 42nd Street in New York, May 3.
Speaking at the exhibit opening, former sergeant Hannis Latham, who served in the U.S. Army in the 1960s as a Green Beret on an “A” Team with the 10th Special Forces Group, stated: “Psychiatric drugs are that one thing that makes our modern warfare so much more deadly for our returning soldiers than any past war…. Instead of creating recovery programs for returning vets where they are recognized as normal people who have been through a very abnormal experience, our vets are often prescribed antipsychotics, tranquilizers, and antidepressants and told to suck it up and pull it together.”
Retired Colonel John A. Henke, a clinical psychologist and highly decorated Air Force pilot who worked with the Pentagon, assigned to the Assistant Secretary of Defense Combat Readiness Study until his retirement in January 1982, echoed Latham’s remarks, stating: “Instead of helping veterans recover from war, their pain has been masked with potent drugs. These, including opioid painkillers and mind-altering psychiatric drugs, are feeding addictions and contributing to the fatal overdose rate among VA patients that is nearly double the national average.”
Both Latham and Henke currently work with veterans to help them find better healthcare and other support.
CCHR International submitted a thorough report, “A Review of How Prescribed Psychiatric Medications could be Driving Members of the Armed Forces and Vets to Acts of Violence & Suicide” to a Senate VA Committee hearing into overmedication held April 30.
The report covers:
About Citizens Commission on Human Rights: CCHR is a nonprofit mental health watchdog established in 1969 by the Church of Scientology and the late Dr. Thomas Szasz, professor emeritus of psychiatry at SUNY Health Science Center, Syracuse. Its mission is to eradicate abuses committed under the guise of mental health and enact patient and consumer protections. CCHR has helped to enact more than 150 laws protecting individuals from abusive or coercive mental health practices.
 Aaron Glantz, “VA’s opiate overload feeds veterans’ addictions, leading to overdose deaths,” PBS Newshour, October 3, 2013, pbs.org/newshour/rundown/vas-opiate-overload-feeds-veterans-addictions-leading-to-overdose-deaths/
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