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Epidemic of Disability Created by Pharmaceutical Drugs?

Wednesday, March 09, 2011
12:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Event Type:
Balvina Collazo (posted by R. Norse)
Location Details:
1080 Emeline Ave., Bldg D
Large Auditorium, Santa Cruz

The 1998 Pulitzer Prize Finalist and author of "Mad in America" and "Anatomy of an Epidemic" discusses the rise in diagnosis of mental illness in the U.S. and the proliferation of drugs to medicate various conditions.

He examines how psychiatric drugs effect long-term care outcomes and the studies coming out of Finland on "first break" episodes and treatment.

David Lo, MD, former Chief of Psychiatry for Santa Cruz County Mental Health &Substance Abuse, currently staff Psychiatrist at San Jose State University providing clinical care for students will be joining Robert Whitaker to provide a clinical perspective based on experience with "first breaks" and his experience with providing services to our population.

They will be examining perspectives on current treatment of "first break" episodes, research and history of psychiatric medications and discussing their perspectives.

(Sign-In is from 12:30 p.m.-1:00 p.m.)

Robert Whitaker will be doing a phone interview with call-in's on Thursday March 10 at 6:15 PM for the next hour or so at 101.1 FM (Free Radio Santa Cruz), also streaming at .

Call-in numbers: 831-427-3772 or 469-3119
Questions can be e-mailed in advance to rnorse3 [at]

The show will be archived at .

Earlier interviews with Whitaker can be found by searching .
Added to the calendar on Mon, Mar 7, 2011 1:58PM
§LImited Space
by Robert Norse
At least one person who called in to reserve a space was told by Belinda, the woman in charge, that there was "no space". When I spoke to her this afternoon she said she could "squeeze in" some. If you go, be aware you may not be able to get in, or may face some difficulty.

The boss of the project has stopped our attempt to audio and/or video the event, even though Robert Whitaker has no objection.

Robert will still be calling in at 6:15 p.m. for the phone interview as scheduled, though.

Folks can try calling in with questions or e-mailing them.
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