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Medicating Normal & Post-Screening Discussion

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Please join us for a virtual community screening of Medicating Normal with an interactive discussion afterward.

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This event is presented by Periscope Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that funds production and outreach of Medicating Normal-The Film.

We are excited to announce that Dr. Tom Perry of Therapeutics Initiative (TI) will participate in this event as a guest panelist. Tom co-chairs the TI's Education Working Group and since November 2019 is Editor of the Therapeutics Letter. The Therapeutics Initiative was established in 1994 by the Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics in cooperation with the Department of Family Practice at The University of British Columbia with its mission to provide physicians and pharmacists with up-to-date, evidence-based, practical information on prescription drug therapy. To reduce bias as much as possible, the TI is an independent organization—separate from government, pharmaceutical industry and other vested interest groups. TI strongly believes in the need for independent assessments of evidence on drug therapy to balance the drug industry sponsored information sources.

Synopsis: Medicating Normal follows the journeys of a newly married couple, a female combat veteran, a waitress and a teenager whose doctors prescribed psychiatric drugs for stress, depression, sleeplessness, focus and trauma. Our subjects struggle with serious physical and mental side effects as well as neurological damage which resulted from taking the drugs as prescribed and also from attempting to withdraw.

Schedule for October 29, 2020:

7 pm PDT: Livestream virtual screening of Medicating Normal via Zoom. 76-minute running time.

8:15 pm PDT - 9:30 pm PDT: Community Discussion/Q&A immediately following the film

Post-Screening Community Discussion:

The screening of Medicating Normal will be followed by an exclusive live community discussion featuring the following panelists:

Dr. Tom Perry, Internist and Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia; Co-chair of Therapeutic Initiative's Education Working Group, Editor of the Therapeutics Letter

David Cope, US Naval Academy and MIT graduate, former Naval Officer, retired Naval Engineer, and subject of the film

Wendy Ractliffe, Co-Director/Producer/Executive Producer of Medicating Normal

Angela Peacock, MSW, former Army Sergeant, and subject of the film

Review: "Medicating Normal dares to challenge prevailing myths about how psychotropic medications work, or fail to, in our ongoing struggle to treat mental illness. It promises to spark a long-overdue national conversation on the growing problem of overprescribing.” -Anna Lembke M.D., psychiatrist, faculty Stanford University Medical School.

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Disclaimer: By purchasing a ticket, you agree NOT TO share, photograph, record, upload, download or otherwise distribute the film as doing so would put the film’s global distribution in jeopardy. All content in the film is the copyrighted property of Periscope Foundation.

All donations to this event fund the outreach efforts of Periscope Foundation to bring Medicating Normal and these important conversations to more communities worldwide.

To access the Zoom Livestream and the discussion afterward, you must locate your "ticket," via the email you receive from Eventbrite after RSVP'ing, OR by clicking on the "online event page" in Eventbrite. You will be sent a reminder email with the information again, a day before the event from Eventbrite.

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