Stevie Nicks on the dangers of legal prescriptions vs. illegal drugs

Recently Stevie Nicks a lead signer of the popular 1970s band Fleetwood Mac, did an interview with The Daily Beast, and spoke about losing 8 years of her life to prescription Klonopin (a tranquilizer).  When Nicks had went to rehab for cocaine addiction at the Betty Ford Clinic in 1986, she successfully completed treatment and kicked cocaine, only to be encouraged to try a prescription to help her anxiety and help her curb her potential relapse to cocaine addiction.

From the interview;

Stevie Nicks talks about her addiction to Klonopin, a tranquilizer prescribed to help her get over her raging cocaine habit.

“I was really sick,” she says. Even though her years of cocaine abuse left a hole in her head the size of a Sacajawea gold dollar, she claims that the Klonopin did far more damage. “It was not my drug of choice,” she says. “I’m not a downer person. I was looking for things that made me want to clean the house and shop, write songs and stay up for four days. I was sad and I was sick. I didn’t really understand right up until the end that it was the Klonopin that was making me crazy. I really didn’t realize it was that drug because I was taking it from a doctor and it was prescribed. It just hit me really hard that was the foundation for why I was completely falling apart.”

Stevie Nicks on the dangers of legal prescriptions vs. illegal drugs

“Klonopin is a horrible, dangerous drug,” says Nicks, an addict for eight years. “Doctors are dying to put you on drugs: ‘Feeling a little nervous? Here, let’s mask everything so you don’t have a personality anymore.'”

“The overwhelming feeling of wellness and calm equals blah, nothing. My creativity went away. The fabulous Stevie everyone knew just disappeared. I became what I call the ‘whatever’ person. I didn’t care about anything anymore. I got very heavy. One day I looked in the mirror and said, ‘I don’t know you.’ And I went straight to the hospital for 47 days.” USA Today, May 4, 2001.

Clip from Fleetwood Mac: Don’t stop, BBC 2009;

 I made some video commentary on this issue tonight, because I have family members who are taking this very dangerous drug, and I feel like I lost them 13 years ago.  Along with my younger brother who committed suicide at age 16 when using SSRI drugs mixed with prescription killers.

About the video;

This is commentary about the interview given by Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac about her addiction to Klonopin and her “Lost 8 years” to this terrible drug.

I made a post on my facebook about this topic, and I got an interesting response.

I posted this;

Stevie Nicks interview about Klonopin
Stevie Nicks interview about Klonopin The Moist Dangerous Pil

 

Then I got this response from a family friend;

stop blaming what you take
stop blaming what you take

I was a little surprised, but not nearly as surprised when I found this post by him on his facebook page;

Heroin ruined half my life
Heroin ruined half my life

 

So I cited information to him, in hopes others can learn more about the dangers of legal drugs.   Since legal drugs kill 10x as many people in the USA as illegal drugs do.

Here is an article that I cited in the video;

http://healthimpactnews.com/2011/tranquilizer-klonopin-destroyed-8-years-of-stevie-nicks-life/

Prescription Drugs Cause More Deaths than Illegal Drugs

In addition to exorbitant health care costs for drugs and their subsequent side effects, the cost in terms of lives has also skyrocketed.

Opioid painkillers alone — opium-like drugs that include morphine and codeine — now claim more than 13,800 lives each year. This means prescription painkillers have surpassed both heroin and cocaine as the leading cause of fatal overdoses, despite the fact that the FDA increased the restrictions for consumer drug ads in 2005, especially for COX-2 painkillers like Celebrex and Bextra.

Additionally, more than 700,000 people visit U.S. emergency rooms each year as a result of adverse drug reactions. And, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), adverse drug reactions from drugs that are properly prescribed and properly administered cause about 106,000 deaths per year, making prescription drugs the fourth-leading cause of death in the U.S.

When you compare these statistics to the death toll from illegal drugs — which is about 10,000 per year — you can begin to see the magnitude of the problem the pharmaceutical industry is propagating.

 

Here is a link with the video of the Stevie Nicks interview on this subject;

http://www.benzo.org.uk/nicks.htm

Here is my longer commentary on this same interview;


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