Wednesday, 3 August 2016
The Professor's Actions Speak Louder Than His Words.
FROM THE “U.K. DRUG POLICY COMMISSION” WEBSITE:
PROFESSOR JOHN STRANG: (Former Member of the Commission)
* John Strang is the Director of the National Addiction Centre (Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College, London) where he leads the multidisciplinary research activities including treatment studies, investigations of non-treatment samples, studies of overdose risk and analyses of public policy.
* He is also Clinical Director of the Drug, Alcohol & Smoking Cessation Services of the London & Maudsley NHS Trust and a member of the EMCDDA Scientific Committee, specifically responsible for methodological issues.
* He has worked in the addictions field for 25 years, in statutory and non-statutory settings, as trainee and trainer, as clinician as well as researcher, and in policy formation as well as practitioner capacity.
* In his capacity as Consultant Advisor to the Department of Health, he chaired the Working Group which prepared the “Orange Guidelines” published in 1999 by the UK Departments of Health, and chaired the NTA / DH Working Group (2002 / 2003) which prepared guidelines for the recommended new specialist modality for future injectable heroin and methadone prescribing in the UK. [i.e. prescribed addictive drug usage.]
(End of the UKDPC Biography)
Strang is acknowledged by others as also a tireless worker in the pharmaceutical marketing field, and as a leading authority consulted by Government in respect of research, drug addiction policy & prescribing.
For 20 years, he has posed as, and also been wrongly assumed by many to be, THE U.K. authority on addiction, and recently continued (in the running of his failed Payment by Results “Pilots”) to strongly and exclusively promote the prescribing of useless, failed and addictive medical substances as “treatment” to “rehabilitate” addicts.
But, the carefully hidden truth is that HE ACTUALLY IS the U.K. authority on the CREATION (not the cure) OF LIFELONG ADDICTION of millions of U.K. N.H.S. patients and thousands of illicit recreational drug users.
Such pushing of addictive drugs to impossibly “treat” addictive drug use is why his methods, whilst selling psychiatric services and pharmaceutical products IN DAILY HIGH VOLUME, claim a less than 3% success rate in actually bringing addicts to abstinence – coincidentally the same rate as natural quitting with ageing !
Whilst around the world, some 98 self help recovery training centres (inc. prison units) in 49 countries have for 50 years brought 55 to 69+% of addicts to lasting relaxed abstinence, Strang’s Opioid Substitution Therapies DO NOT and CANNOT ever actually cure, because their intention is to “manage” continuing addiction on a basis which creates profitable daily sales of pharmaceutical drug products to MILLIONS of addicts - ALL PAID FOR BY U.K. TAXPAYERS !
IN SPITE OF THE ABOVE BIOGRAPHY OF IMPORTANT SOUNDING APPOINTMENTS, THERE IS NO EVIDENCE THAT JOHN STRANG, HIS PSYCHIATRIC METHODS OR HIS MEDICATIONS HAVE EVER DIRECTLY CURED ANY ADDICTIVE SUBSTANCE USER OF CONTINUING ADDICTIVE USAGE. AND THIS IS BECAUSE THAT IS NOT HIS GOAL.
As indicated repeatedly (by Jim Dobbin, MP, former Chairman of the All Party Group on Involuntary Tranquilliser Addiction, and just as often by Barry Haslam, a long-term sufferer from John Strang's methods and medication, and never denied by Professor C. Heather Ashton, Britain's great practical campaigner against involuntary addiction) John Strang's main goal is NOT the curing of addiction to illegal or legal drugs, but is the promotion of prescription drugs of an addictive and hypnotic nature to the hugely profitable benefit of the pharmaceutical industry which Strang serves far more than he serves our Government or our peoples.
AND NOW, OF ALL THINGS, WE HEAR THAT 10, DOWNING STREET PROPOSED STRANG FOR A KNIGHTHOOD IN THE MOST RECENT BIRTHDAY HONOURS LIST ! ! !
If our recently retired Prime Minister, for whom I have always had the greatest respect, personally and freely chose to honour the psychiatric professor who, nearly single-handedly, created more U.K. drug addicts than Roger Howard, DrugScope, the UKDPC, the NTA, the ACMD and Mike Trace put together - then David Cameron is regrettably headed for a similar miserable post P.M. reputation to that now enjoyed by Tony Blair as reward for his mistakes.
The Strang award is listed as being, amongst other doubtful achievements: “FOR SERVICES TO ADDICTIONS”.
But that only makes sense if David Cameron wanted an increasingly addicted population, which I cannot believe.
So then it raises the question of: “What did Psychiatric Professor John Stanley Strang actually DO FOR David Cameron ?”, and here again, my faith in David leads me to believe that he was seriously misled by some psychiatric or pharmaceutical biased or paid adviser amongst his senior staff members.
And if that is the case, then it is essential that psychiatrically and pharmaceutically biased or bought officials or other advisers in a position to influence the Prime Minister be kept well away from 10, Downing Street, because Theresa May's own straightforward character deserves honest advice and information upon which to base her vital decisions.
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