|Psychiatric Medication Awareness Group - PMAG|
Who We Are:
Psychiatric Medication Awareness Group (PMAG) is a small group of British Columbia citizens concerned about the increasing use of psychiatric drugs in B.C. and Canada, and the potential harm associated with these drugs. PMAG is also concerned about the dramatic increase in the prescribing of psychiatric drugs to the general population in Canada, particularly to women. This massive health crisis has been largely ignored, and its social and human costs are inadequately researched and largely unquantified.
PMAG provides information to psychiatric medication users and their families about the potential risks of psychiatric drugs (including dependence, addiction and the potential for long-term — and in some cases permanent — side-effects), about withdrawing safely from psychiatric medications (including benzodiazepines, sleeping pills and SSRIs) and about recovery. We also educate health professionals and the public about the risks of psychiatric medications.
PMAG advocates for a comprehensive strategy to address the problems associated with benzodiazepine and other psychiatric drug prescribing and use. This strategy consists of education, research and treatment elements.