NAMI classes planned

Nov 29, 2013 Full story: The Cincinnati Enquirer

The National Alliance on Mental Illness Northern Kentucky will host a series of free classes for family members, partners and friends of individuals with major depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder, borderline personality disorder, post traumatic stress disorder, panic disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder, ... (more)

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#1 Dec 8, 2013
In 2004, NAMI opposed the placement of "black box" warnings on antidepressants determined to cause suicide in under-18 year olds, and in 2006 opposed black box warnings on ADHD drugs causing heart attack, stroke and sudden death in children in 2006. Despite overwhelming evidence of serious adverse cardiac events and sudden deaths caused by ADHD drugs, in 2006 NAMI took the position that the “black box” warning on ADHD drugs was “premature.”

When you call things what they are, it’s very clear. NAMI is essentially sponsored by drug companies and what’s true in television and radio certainly holds true in large organizations — Never go against the sponsors. It is the one golden rule that governs all other rules. That’s fine when you’re selling sneakers and dish soap but we’re talking about actual human lives and wellness. It takes a lot of nerve to call your organization a patients’ advocacy group when half to two-thirds of your funding comes from companies that are constantly facing class action lawsuits, federal lawsuits or both for not disclosing adverse findings in clinical trials, lying about known health risks, directly causing death and chemical injury and illegally marketing their most powerful and unpredictable drugs off label. NAMI could hardly be more blatant in aligning their methods with the commercial interests of these companies.

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