JAMA: Mild to severe depression better treated with alternatives to medications

Last month, a team at the University of Pennsylvania found only patients
with very severe depression were measurably helped by antidepressant drugs. Mild
to severe depression might be better treated with alternatives to antidepressant
drugs, they wrote in the Journal of the American Medical Association.


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Sent: 2/14/2010 8:12:09 A.M. Central Standard
Time
Subj: Even when treated, depression costs employers

http://uk.mobile.reuters.com/mobile/m/FullArticle/eUK/CHLTUK/nhealthNews_uUKTRE6183DO20100209

Even
when treated, depression costs employers
Tue, 09 Feb 20:05 PM
GMT

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Workers with depression stay home
sick more often than healthy colleagues, even when their disease is treated,
according to a Thomson Reuters report released on Tuesday.

The report,
commissioned by drug maker Sanofi Aventis, suggests that employers would
benefit from better treatments of their workers for depression. Depression is
the leading cause of disability among Americans aged 15 to 44, according to
the National Institute of Mental Health.

“Even when depressed patients
are treated with antidepressants, there are substantial productivity losses.
Therapies that can better manage depression may provide opportunities for
savings to employers,” the Thomson Reuters research team wrote in the Journal
of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

“Despite the widely
acknowledged effectiveness of antidepressant therapy, productivity costs
related to depression persist even after patients receive treatment,” Suellen
Curkendall, director of outcomes research at Thomson Reuters, said in a
statement.

“This may be due to the fact that patients often don’t
respond to the first type of antidepressant that they are prescribed. They
also may fail to take their medications on a regular basis,” added Curkendall,
who led the study.

Curkendall and colleagues analyzed insurance claims
and employee health and productivity data for more than 22,000 patients
treated with antidepressants and compared them to people without
depression.

Workers who had been treated for depression were twice as
likely as others to use short-term disability leave, they found.
Disability-related costs for a year, on average, were $1,038 for patients
treated for depression and $325 for the non-depressed workers.

“Over 40
percent of patients with depression were diagnosed with at least one of the
other included psychiatric conditions besides depression,” the researchers at
Thomson Reuters, parent company of Reuters, added.

Most common were
anxiety, dissociative and so-called somatoform disorders — a group of
disorders with physical symptoms but no apparent physical cause.

Last
month, a team at the University of Pennsylvania found only patients with very
severe depression were measurably helped by antidepressant drugs. Mild to
severe depression might be better treated with alternatives to antidepressant
drugs, they wrote in the Journal of the American Medical
Association.

At least 27 million Americans take antidepressants and
more than 164 million prescriptions for antidepressants were written in 2008,
totaling nearly $10 billion in U.S. sales and $20 billion globally, according
to IMS Health.

(Reporting by Maggie Fox, editing by Jackie
Frank)
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AT&T

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ANTIDEPRESSANTS: Man Has Huge Cache of Weapons in his House: MA

Paragraph six reads:  “According to police reports,
Girard was engaging in target practice in a makeshift, illegal shooting range in
the attic of his 23 Bridge St. condo. He also had a six-month supply of food and
prescription drugs, including

anti-depressants.”

http://www.thebostonchannel.com/news/22530569/detail.html

Police: Armed Man Prepared For ‘Armageddon’

Officers Find Tear Gas, Grenades In Massachusetts Home

POSTED: 6:05 am EST February 11, 2010
UPDATED: 1:41 pm EST February
11, 2010

MANCHESTER-BY-THE-SEA, Mass. —

A Massachusetts man is in jail facing weapons charges after his wife turned him in

to police for having a huge cache of weapons, including rifles, tear gas
grenades and explosives, inside his North Shore condominium.

Gregory
Girard, 45, of Manchester-by-the-Sea was arrested Tuesday, police said, after he
allegedly told officers he was preparing for Armageddon.

He allegedly
told his wife, Kristine Girard, a licensed psychiatrist, that he was convinced
the end of the world was near.

“He’s convinced that martial law is
imminent, and that he made the following statements recently to (his wife):
‘Don’t talk to people. Shoot them instead. It’s fine to shoot people in the
head, because traitors deserve it,” state prosecutor Honor Segal told a judge at
Girard’s arraignment hearing.

Girard was arraigned in Salem District
Court on four counts of possession of an infernal device and four counts of

possession of a dangerous weapon and is now facing a dangerousness hearing on
Friday.

According to police reports, Girard was engaging in target
practice in a makeshift, illegal shooting range in the attic of his 23 Bridge
St. condo. He also had a six-month supply of food and prescription drugs,
including anti-depressants.
e
Police said they found about
20 high-powered rifles, shotguns and handguns, and armor-piercing bullets, in

the Girard’s second-floor condo. The weapons were purchased legally and were
registered, but officers said they also found grenades, which are illegal.

Girard’s weapons licenses were immediately revoked.

He was
described as cooperative when officers arrived to arrest him. Stunned neighbors
in the couple’s high-end condo complex said the Girards were a nice couple.

“I don’t think he was intending to harm anybody … no, I never heard
anything,” a neighbor said.

Girard has no criminal record. He pleaded
not guilty and was ordered held without bail at his arraignment.


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EFFEXOR: Man Smashes 29 TV Sets at Wal-Mart: Georgia

NOTE FROM Ann Blake-Tracy (www.drugawareness.org):

Just what is it with connection between antidepressant use and
baseball bats?!! Must be the same as it is for antidepressants and AK47’s!
Doctors could have a side business selling both baseball bats and AK47’s with
the prescriptions they write for these drugs because as the users begin to
suffer the adverse reactions they buy one or the other or both! Has anyone
caught on yet? How many more cases will it take?
On another note WHY on earth are they charging this fellow in
one crime with 29 counts of criminal damage to property???? A charge for each of
the TV sets separately when it was one crime?! That is
ridiculous!!!
_____________________________________
Last sentence reads:  “Police found a bottle of
Effexor XR, an anti-depressant
, in Strellis’s
possession.”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/02/11/westley-strellis-walmart_n_458652.html

Westley Strellis, Business
News

A Georgia man went on a rampage yesterday

at a Walmart outside of Atlanta, smashing dozens of flat-screen televisions with
a baseball bat he found in the store.

The man, 23-year-old Westley
Strellis, bashed in 29 flat-screen televisions worth $22,000, reports the

Atlanta Journal Constitution. He was charged
with a whopping 29 counts of criminal damage to property.

Strellis
invoked his Fifth Amendment right to stay mum, so his motive remains a mystery.
According to

the police
report
, when officers arrived on the scene, Strellis was
sitting in an aisle in the store’s electronics department. When approached, he
held out his wrists, signaling for the officer to handcuff him. Police found a
bottle of Effexor XR, an anti-depressant, in Strellis’s
possession.

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ANTIDEPRESSANT: School: 14 Yr Old Student Shoots to Death Another 14 Yr Old

NOTE FROM Ann Blake-Tracy (www.drugawareness.org):

When I sent this case out to our investigative group I told
them not to dismiss this case as just another “gang shooting” because for two
decades kids weaning off these drugs have told me that they have no
idea why but while on the drugs they had joined gangs and done things they would
have never thought of doing. Of course when you go manic on an antidepressant

what you do is NOT what you would normally choose to do.

_____________________________
Paragraphs eight through thirteen read:  “The shooting
followed the suspect’s decision to get out of the gang, said Huntsville attorney
Bruce Gardner, who is
representing the young suspect
in early legal proceedings.”

“Gardner said they called themselves
Crips, the name of a real nationwide gang started in Los Angeles. It had
“initiation rituals and renunciation rituals,” Gardner said.”


‘Renunciation rituals’ are what gang members go through to leave the gang,
Gardner said.”

“He said his client’s initiation rite required him to

spray-paint  ‘Crips’ on a Discovery bathroom wall. Police confirmed Tuesday
that a bathroom at the school was sprayed with gang graffiti at some point, but
did not say specifically when.”

“After being sent to alternative school
as punishment, Gardner said the boy, who was taking medication for

depression, received counseling that
persuaded him to leave the gang.”

My client had made known his
intention to leave the gang,” Gardner said. ‘When you renounce, you must submit
to a physical beating. It’s called ‘suiciding out.’

http://blog.al.com/breaking/2010/02/madison_police_say_both_suspec.html

Madison police say both suspect, victim belonged to the same would-be
gang

By Lee Roop

February 10, 2010, 7:11AM
MADISON, AL — Both the suspect and victim in Friday’s fatal
Discovery Middle School shooting belonged to the same would-be gang, officials
said Tuesday.

Speaking inside the school in front of a large poster with
Todd Brown’s picture and memorials written by students, authorities gave their
fullest picture so far of the investigation.

Brown, 14, died Friday after
being shot during a class change at the 1,001-student school. The suspect, also

14, has been charged with murder and is being held in a juvenile
facility.

Police have identified fewer than 10 middle school boys,
including the suspect and victim, “who wanted to possibly align themselves with
some sort of national gang,” Police Chief Larry Muncey said.

They didn’t
know how to join a real gang, Muncey said, so they “went online and learned how
to walk and how to talk and how to dress.”

“I’m not saying some weren’t
serious,” Muncey said.

Brown’s family told WHNT-TV Channel 19 in a brief
statement Tuesday that they had never known Brown to be involved in gang
activity.

The shooting followed the suspect’s decision to get out of the
gang, said Huntsville attorney Bruce Gardner, who is representing the young
suspect in early legal proceedings.

Gardner said they called themselves
Crips, the name of a real nationwide gang started in Los Angeles. It had
“initiation rituals and renunciation rituals,” Gardner
said.

“Renunciation rituals” are what gang members go through to leave
the gang, Gardner said.

He said his client’s initiation rite required him

to spray-paint “Crips” on a Discovery bathroom wall. Police confirmed Tuesday
that a bathroom at the school was sprayed with gang graffiti at some point, but
did not say specifically when.

After being sent to alternative school as
punishment, Gardner said the boy, who was taking medication for depression,
received counseling that persuaded him to leave the gang.

“My client had
made known his intention to leave the gang,” Gardner said. “When you renounce,
you must submit to a physical beating. It’s called ‘suiciding out.’

Gardner said the boy was told he wouldn’t be beaten, but he did
voluntarily “burn his bandana” in a sort of symbolic resignation. Gardner was
referring to the blue bandana Crips wear to show affiliation.

“I am not
suggesting for a minute that this kid deserved to be shot,” Gardner said of the
victim, but there is evidence of cyberbullying and threats against his client
after he wanted out.

Gardner said his client’s parents are “devoutly
religious people” who are “mortified” by the slaying.

Gardner also
confirmed that Brown was shot with a .22-caliber pistol but said he did not know
where the gun came from.

Addressing rumors circulating about the case,
Muncey and Madison City Schools Superintendent Dee Fowler also said:


Their investigation did not find gang activity at any other Madison

school.

“They thought it was cool,” Muncey said of the Discovery gang,
“but when their parents came in, I don’t think they thought it was cool
anymore.”

“No parent admitted knowing” anything about the gang, Muncey
said.

• The suspect was a student at Discovery all year, Fowler said,
although he no longer is. His education is now being handled by the juvenile
detention center.

Gardner said the boy did transfer from Liberty to
Discovery during the summer after problems – none of them major – at
Liberty.

• Video cameras were installed when the 9th-grade wing at
Discovery was built. Muncey would not confirm the shooting was caught on camera,
but said he “would be surprised if it was not.”

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DO NOT MISS RADIO SHOW TONIGHT!!re-scheduling you for next Monday night! Eli Lilly Exec & Ann Blake-Tracy

SORRY ABOUT THE DELAY IN LETTING YOU KNOW WHAT I FOUND OUT JUST BEFORE WE WERE SUPPOSE TO GO ON THE AIR TONIGHT. I HAD SEVERAL EMERGENCIES TO DEAL WITH AND COULD NOT GET THIS OUT SOONER. HERE IS THE URGENT NOTE I GOT FROM JEFF RENSE ABOUT TONIGHT’S SHOW:

The BLIZZARD in the East has knocked out the network phone lines in PA!

I have to run an encore program tonight…can’t do anything live because
all the lines to the network are down.  ugh.

I’m re-scheduling you for next Monday night, 8-9pm Pacific…that’s the
Middle Hour of the program.

Dr. John Virapen and I have been doing shows together. We have
been so busy getting things set up that I have not yet had a chance to share the
news and introduce you to him.

Who is Dr. John Virapen? (See below for more detail.)
While general manager of the Swedish division of Eli
Lilly John BOUGHT the approval for Prozac in Sweden – yes, he bribed the
doctor responsible for making the decision to allow it on the market. Luckily
another doctor stopped that, but there was enough damage done that Lilly was
able to use what they bought to encourage other countries to approve this DEADLY
drug and pave the way for all of the Prozac clones that followed. He is now
doing all in his power to get the truth to the world about the criminal
practices of these companies and the dangers of these drugs and he wants
compensation for the victims. HE DOES NOT MINCE WORDS!
Together we hope to wake up America and then the world up to
this drug-induced nightmare!!!

Tonight John will do a national radio show with Jeff Rense and I will be on tomorrow night. In a couple of weeks we will be back on the show together again. Times for that show are: 12:00 PM Eastern, 11:00 PM Central, 10:00 PM Mountain, 9:00 PM Pacific and I will be on tomorrow night – Wednesday, February 10 at 11:00 PM Eastern, 10:00 PM Central, 9:00 PM Mountain, 8:00 PM Pacific and you can access the show online if it is not on your local station by going to the following address:

http://www.renseradio.com/listenlive.htm

Saturday we did a show with David Christopher and that
show should be posted in the next day or so and can be listened to at the
following address:
http://www.ahealthieryouradio.com/recent_show.html
If you have any ideas for places for John and I to speak, just
let me know and we will see about getting it booked. Also if you go to John’s
site below you can hear him speak this past summer in Switzerland. It is an
incredible lecture!
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International Coalition for Drug Awareness
Author: Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? Our Serotonin
Nightmare & Help! I Can’t Get Off My
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ANTIDEPRESSANTS-ANTIPSYCHOTICS: Man Threatens UT Gov, Judge, Prosecutor, etc

In an affidavit filed in Provo’s 4th District Court, Herrin wrote that
Taylor underwent psychological evaluations at the Utah State Hospital, where he
was previously confined for one year and nine months, and was arrested in 2004
for allegedly threatening Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. A doctor who oversaw Taylor’s
treatment after his release from the Utah State Hospital said Taylor is prone to
violence when he is not taking antipsychotic and antidepressant
medications.

Orem man charged with threatening officials

Jeremy Duda – DAILY HERALD | Posted: Monday, March 17,
2008 11:00 pm | No
Comments Posted

Defense attorneys have requested a competency hearing for an Orem man who is
charged with threatening a number of high-profile public officials, including a
judge, a police chief and Lt. Gov. Gary Herbert.

Bradley Roberts Taylor, 42, was charged in late February with one count of
terroristic threats, a second-degree felony, after a Utah Highway Patrol trooper
who is responsible for protecting dignitaries at the Utah State Capitol said she
learned of threatening e-mails to Herbert and Rep. Brad Daw, R-Orem. Trooper
Carolina Herrin wrote that Taylor also made threatening comments about Judge

John Backlund of Orem’s 4th District Court, Orem police Chief Michael Larsen and
Orem city prosecutor Robert Church.

Taylor will be evaluated by two doctors before his next hearing, which is
scheduled for April 23, according to prosecutor Chad Grunander. In an affidavit
filed in Provo’s 4th District Court, Herrin wrote that Taylor underwent
psychological evaluations at the Utah State Hospital, where he was previously
confined for one year and nine months, and was arrested in 2004 for allegedly
threatening Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. A doctor who oversaw Taylor’s treatment after
his release from the Utah State Hospital said Taylor is prone to violence when
he is not taking antipsychotic and antidepressant medications.

According to the affidavit, Taylor said in an e-mail to Herbert that he has
been a victim of government tyranny and oppression for the past 20 years. Taylor
wrote to Herbert that he wanted the government to return his driver’s license
and dismiss DUI charges that were filed against him. In an e-mail to Daw, he
wrote that he wanted his Second Amendment rights to be restored, Herrin said.
Taylor sent more than 63 threatening e-mails to Daw, including one in November
in which he wrote that he has “no problem using justifiable lethal force in self
defense,” and, “If I have to defend myself, it will be a bloody revolution,”
according to Herrin’s affidavit.

Taylor also referenced a February shooting spree in which Charles Lee
Thornton killed five people at a city council meeting in Kirkwood, Mo. Thornton
had a long history of disagreements and hostility with city officials.

“Now, I demand justice, liability and victim reparation for the 20 years of
hell,” Taylor wrote, according to Herrin’s affidavit. “I want to avoid
bloodshed, but I see no other way. The spirit of the Lord has revealed to me
that revolution is inevitable.”

Taylor is being held at the Utah County Jail on $100,000 cash-only bail.
Grunander said the case is stayed while court officials await the results of his
psychological evaluation.

“I can’t speak to what his specific intentions were with respect to the
allegations, but certainly, having received a case like this from law
enforcement, this is a case we treat very seriously,” Grunander said. “We’re
very serious about addressing this matter and finding out what Mr. Taylor was up
to, and I think the $100,000 cash-only bail is evidence of the seriousness of
this case.”

Herrin wrote that she spoke with Taylor’s roommate and another close friend
of his, both of whom said that Taylor is extremely violent, speaks often of
killing and harming government officials, and is “just waiting for the right
opportunity to present itself.” Taylor’s roommate and friend said that he has
owned several weapons and is an avid shooter.

Posted in Local on Monday, March 17,
2008 11:00 pm

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ANTIDEPRESSANTS: Court overturns conviction in 2005 child neglect case

When Schieck discussed the plea agreement, the court said he was aware that
Snyder “had a significant history of mental health problems, including a
previous institutionalization, antidepressant prescriptions and recent suicide
attempts.”

  • Saturday, January 30, 2010
  • 54° | Mostly Cloudy

    Court overturns conviction in 2005 child

    neglect case

    By Cy Ryan

    Fri, Jan 15, 2010 (3:40 p.m.)

    CARSON CITY – In a 2-1 decision, the Nevada Supreme Court has voided the
    second-degree murder conviction of Charlene Snyder in a highly publicized child

    neglect case in Las Vegas.

    The court said trial lawyer David Schieck failed to request a psychiatric
    evaluation prior to advising her to plead guilty.

    Snyder’s 2-year-old daughter, Adacelli, had cerebral palsy and weighed only
    11 pounds at the time of her death in the summer of 2005. She was found dead
    inside the family’s mobile home in a room filled with animal and human feces and
    rotting food.

    When Schieck discussed the plea agreement, the court said he was aware that
    Snyder “had a significant history of mental health problems, including a
    previous institutionalization, antidepressant prescriptions and recent suicide
    attempts.”

    The court said the lawyer was aware “of the highly unusual behavior she
    exhibited in allowing her home to, in effect, become a cesspool.

    In light of trial counsel’s knowledge, he was unreasonable in failing to
    request a psychiatric evaluation prior to counseling appellant (Snyder) to plead
    guilty.”

    Schieck had testified he did not order the evaluation because he believed
    Snyder was competent. The court said, “the standard for competency is not the
    same as that for insanity, nor is it relevant to appellant’s state of mind when
    her daughter died.”

    The court said a psychiatric evaluation may have supported the only line of
    defense for Snyder of “insanity or that she lacked the requisite state of
    mind.”

    The majority decision was signed Justices Michael Cherry and Michael Douglas.
    Dissenting was Justice Mark Gibbons, who said Snyder had not met her burden to
    show her lawyer was incompetent.

    Snyder, now 32, will return to district court in Las Vegas for new
    proceedings.

    Both Snyder and her boyfriend Jack Richardson, now 29, were sentenced to
    terms of 10 years to life on the second-degree murder conviction.

    Discussion: 2 comments so far…

    1. By LasVegasLawyerGal
      1/15/10 at 4:57 p.m.

      Of course, the part not mentioned by the article is that in practice,
      requesting a psych eval for one’s client means a transfer of the matter to
      Judge Glass–who rarely, if ever, finds anyone incompetent. This is not to
      dispute that attorneys should request psych evals when it appears to them that
      mental competency is in issue–but it is a bit rich for our Supreme Court to
      posit that a psych eval would have magically changed the outcome.

    2. By Launce
      1/16/10 at 4:19 p.m.

      LVLG is correct, but nonetheless, the Court shows some intestinal fortitude
      in sending this back to District Court. The mob’s hunger for blood
      notwithstanding, this is a clear example of someone who could not, should not
      be responsible for the care of a disabled infant. The mob wants to punish
      Snyder for the community’s failure to look out for the most
      vulnerable.

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    ANTIDEPRESSANT, COCAINE, DEPAKOTE: Man Kills Mother, 2 Small Children, & Dog

    On the morning of May 12, 2008,
    Covington was admitted to University Community Hospital for a drug overdose. Tests showed he
    had taken cocaine, acetaminophen and salicylate, another anti-inflammatory drug
    used for mild to moderate pain, the defense filing states. Doctors also found
    tricyclics, which is an antidepressant, and valproic acid, a drug used for
    seizures and migraines.

    The defense says a psychiatrist who
    examined Covington for the case will testify that Covington’s bipolar disorder,
    combined with the drugs in his system, rendered him mentally incapable of
    forming the intent to commit first-degree murder.

    Mental health defense pursued

    By ELAINE
    SILVESTRINI

    esilvestrini@tampatrib.com

    Published: February 2, 2010

    TAMPA – A man charged with killing
    and mutilating his girlfriend and her two children should not face the death
    penalty because he was mentally incapable of intending to commit first-degree
    murder, his attorneys say.

    Lisa Freiberg and her children,
    Heather Savannah, 2, and Zachary, 7, were found slain inside their Lutz mobile
    home in 2008. The
    family dog was also killed.

    The deaths were so grisly that
    investigators could not identify the bodies by looking at them.

    Authorities say Edward Covington was
    found huddled in a closet in the mobile home with blood on his hands, feet and
    back.

    The killings took place between 6
    and 11 a.m. May 11, 2008, and it appeared Covington had stayed in the home
    overnight, investigators say. He told detectives he killed Freiberg and her
    children, according to court records.

    Covington’s public
    defenders
    are asking a judge to allow them to
    present evidence at trial about his mental condition at the time of the killings
    and his mental health history, which they say dates to when he was
    15.

    A defense court filing says
    Covington, 37, does not intend to use an insanity defense, which would be aimed
    at seeking a verdict of not guilty by reason of insanity. Rather, the defense
    hopes to persuade jurors to convict Covington of the lesser offense of
    second-degree murder, making him ineligible for the death penalty.

    Covington, his attorneys say, has
    been diagnosed with bipolar disorder; a therapist who examined Covington in
    2005, when he was working as a state corrections officer, described “classic
    symptoms of rage and anger, and episodes of severe depression.”

    On the morning of May 12, 2008,
    Covington was admitted to
    University Community Hospital for a drug overdose. Tests showed he
    had taken cocaine, acetaminophen and salicylate, another anti-inflammatory drug
    used for mild to moderate pain, the defense filing states. Doctors also found
    tricyclics, which is an antidepressant, and valproic acid, a drug used for
    seizures and migraines.

    The defense says a psychiatrist who
    examined Covington for the case will testify that Covington’s bipolar disorder,
    combined with the drugs in his system, rendered him mentally incapable of
    forming the intent to commit first-degree murder.

    The charges against Covington
    include three counts of first-degree murder, three counts of abuse of a dead
    human body and one count of felony animal cruelty. Prosecutors are seeking the
    death penalty.

    Covington is being held without
    bail.

    According to the defense filing,
    Covington tried to shoot himself in the head and was hospitalized under the
    state’s Baker Act when he was 16. The next year, he overdosed on
    drugs

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    ANTIDEPRESSANT/HEAD INJURY: Man Made Violent Threats, Possible Murderer, UT

    In a letter to the court, a therapist reported that due to a severe head
    injury Mortensen suffered in a fall off a cliff in 1994, his “daily functioning”
    was “extremely limited,” and going to jail would hinder his treatment.

    The therapist wrote that Mortensen was on medication to treat depression, and
    that his condition made full-time employment difficult. Judge Steven Hansen
    ultimately ruled that Mortensen was not mentally ill and sentenced him to 45
    days of home confinement.

    Months
    before the sentencing in 1999, Mortensen and his wife at the time sought
    protective orders against each other. In her petition for a protective order,
    Mortensen’s wife said he had been “acting really crazy.”

    “He told me that he could see the devil and that he had been borne by the
    devil rather than by God,” the petition states.

    She claimed that Mortensen, who she said was “addicted to marijuana” and
    drank often, threw her against a wall and slapped her face. Her petition also
    states that Mortensen frequently picked on her son and said he was going to kill
    him.

    http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700006613/Son-of-slain-BYU-professor-Kay-Mortensen-has-history-of-violent-crime.html

    Son
    of slain BYU professor Kay Mortensen has history of violent crime

    By Paul Koepp

    Deseret
    News

    Published:
    Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2010 5:45 p.m. MST

    PAYSON — A Payson man named as a “person of interest” in the slaying of his
    father has previously made violent threats against family members and others,
    court documents state.

    Investigators say Roger Mortensen and his wife, Pamela, have made
    inconsistent statements about what happened Nov. 16, the night retired BYU
    professor Kay Mortensen, 70, was found with his throat slashed in a bathtub in
    his Payson Canyon home. Authorities have labeled both as persons of interest in
    the homicide case.

    On July 13, 1996, Roger Mortensen was driving down Mineral
    Basin Road in American Fork Canyon on a four-wheeler when he passed a car full
    of Boy Scouts, according to an affidavit filed in 4th District Court. For
    reasons that are unclear, Mortensen became “very upset,” stopped and pulled out
    a handgun, the affidavit states.

    He allegedly began yelling and pointed the gun at the driver’s head. The
    driver continued down to a camp near Timpanogos Cave and reported the assault to
    authorities, who tracked down Mortensen and found him with the gun and a
    marijuana pipe, the affidavit states.

    Mortensen was charged with aggravated assault, drug possession and receiving
    stolen property after detectives discovered he had a $4,000 radar unit belonging
    to the Utah Highway Patrol. A prosecutor stated in court papers that Mortensen
    was employed by UHP at the time, but the agency says it has no record of him
    working there.

    Mortensen pleaded no contest to reduced charges of theft and exhibiting a
    dangerous weapon, and was given probation.

    When Mortensen was charged with theft in 1997 for
    allegedly helping his roommate steal dozens of tools from an Orem hardware store
    where Mortensen worked as a cashier, a jury found him guilty but mentally
    ill.

    In a letter to the court, a therapist reported that due to a severe head
    injury Mortensen suffered in a fall off a cliff in 1994, his “daily functioning”
    was “extremely limited,” and going to jail would hinder his treatment.

    “He remembers how he used to be and has not yet accepted his limitations,”
    the letter states.

    The therapist also said that when Mortensen had previously been in jail, he
    was threatened and beaten by a group of inmates, and would later receive notices
    when one of the inmates who had gone to prison had a parole hearing.

    “This terrifies Roger,” the letter states. “He is afraid he will be killed if
    he goes to jail.”

    The therapist wrote that Mortensen was on medication to treat depression, and
    that his condition made full-time employment difficult. Judge Steven Hansen
    ultimately ruled that Mortensen was not mentally ill and sentenced him to 45
    days of home confinement.

    Months
    before the sentencing in 1999, Mortensen and his wife at the time sought
    protective orders against each other. In her petition for a protective order,
    Mortensen’s wife said he had been “acting really crazy.”

    “He told me that he could see the devil and that he had been borne by the
    devil rather than by God,” the petition states.

    She claimed that Mortensen, who she said was “addicted to marijuana” and
    drank often, threw her against a wall and slapped her face. Her petition also
    states that Mortensen frequently picked on her son and said he was going to kill
    him.

    In his petition seeking a protective order against her, Mortensen said his
    wife lied about the assaults and warned him that her son had friends in a gang
    who would kill him. The couple soon divorced.

    Mortensen was later convicted of violating the protective order by making
    harassing phone calls. A judge ordered him to take an anger management
    class.

    In a separate case in Spanish Fork, Mortensen entered a
    plea in abeyance in 2003 for providing alcohol to a minor after an altercation
    with his stepson.

    Greg Skordas, an attorney representing Roger and Pamela Mortensen, said his
    client “just can’t say anything at this
    time.”

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    ANTIDEPRESSANTS: Two Brothers Commit Suicide One Week Apart: Arkansas

    Paragraphs eight and nine read:  ”  ‘One guy last
    year locked himself inside a bathroom and shot himself, and this was a
    retired military man that was highly decorated
    , Bearden said. “Then
    come to find out, his brother had done the same thing the week before in
    another state.”

    “The correlation between the two brothers was

    anti-depression medications, Bearden said. While he can’t confirm
    that the prescription medication was what led to the brothers’ suicides, Bearden
    said it happens too often that prescription drugs change
    the mindset of a person.”

    Paragraph four reads:  “Bearden
    added,  ‘People need to know that we do, in fact, have a problem in Saline
    County. We don’t really have many ‘hard’ drugs here anymore. Every once in
    awhile you’ll see cocaine or marijuana or other street drugs, but most of the deaths … 90 percent come from prescription
    drugs’.”

    http://www.bentoncourier.com/content/view/204346/1/

    Coroner: Teen Drug Death Rate High

    Saturday, 06
    February 2010

    The hand reaches down as another parent
    enters the room fearing the worst. The large black bag slowly unzips and the
    worst fear a parent never wants to believe, that moment is here. Inside the
    darkness of the body bag lies someone’s son, daughter, nephew, their niece ­
    someone’s good friend, and another family is torn apart with grief, confusion,
    and a wish it was them instead.

    It is a day that
    Will Bearden has seen too often in his 13 years as the Saline County Corner, and
    18 years previously riding on an ambulance as an EMT. Nearly everyday Bearden
    has to tell yet another family what caused the death of a loved one, and
    surprising to many, he said nearly 90 percent are due to drugs and
    alcohol.


    In fact, in 2009 alone, Bearden said that about 60 deaths were related
    to drugs and alcohol, and nearly 30 of those deaths involved teenagers living in
    Saline County, and state officials say the county leads the state in the number
    of fatal drug overdoses.

    “When you say it won’t happen to me or my family,
    you are about to eat your words, because I have seen it happen time and time
    again,” Bearden said. “I work in it every day, and I see a lot of sad families
    asking what they could have done to help their son or daughter.”
    Bearden added, “People need to know that we do, in fact,
    have a problem in Saline County. We don’t really have many ‘hard’ drugs here
    anymore. Every once in awhile you’ll see cocaine or marijuana or other street
    drugs, but most of the deaths … 90 percent come from prescription
    drugs.”
    Bearden said even Arkansas Chief Medical Examiner
    Charles Kokes believes “Saline County has one of the highest percentages of
    deaths caused by drug overdoses.”
    But it isn’t just teens that are dying from prescription
    drugs or alcohol; everyone is at risk, he said. From fatality accidents to
    accidental overdoses to suicides, people “age 85 and down” have deaths related
    to the rise in prescription drug abuse.
    One guy last year locked himself inside a bathroom and
    shot himself, and this was a retired military man that was highly decorated,”
    Bearden said. “Then come to find out, his brother had done the same thing the
    week before in another state.”
    The correlation between the two brothers was
    anti-depression medications, Bearden said. While he can’t confirm that the
    prescription medication was what led to the brothers’ suicides, Bearden said it
    happens too often that prescription drugs change the mindset of a
    person.
    “Drugs definitely affect a person’s mental state,” he
    said. “I also believe that it’s a mental disease when someone gets hooked on
    drugs. Many people addicted believe they have pain (whether physical, mental or
    emotional) and they take medications for their pain. Some aren’t trying to do
    harm; they just take too much and then some just go and take their lives, and
    probably wouldn’t have if they wouldn’t have had so much medication affecting
    their mental state.”
    Bearden said of the nearly 60 deaths in Saline County
    last year, around 22 were ruled suicides. After the bodies are sent to the
    Arkansas State Crime Lab for toxicology screens, most come back with some type
    of drugs in their system, the majority being prescription drugs.
    “I’ve had to help out with a lot of those autopsies
    because the medical examiner is overloaded with cases all the time, and I’ve
    seen where pills aren’t even digested in the stomach yet and sometimes are still
    in a person’s mouth,” Beard said. “What makes this job tough is when you have to
    approach the loved ones of those that died. I’ve seen a lot of divorces and
    hatred with families after a son or daughter’s death because the parents keep
    blaming each other … it’s just a real sad thing to see, and I see it too
    often.”
    Bearden also recalls many trips to the Saline Memorial
    Hospital in which a person survived an overdose. But it isn’t in any way
    pleasant for anyone, he said.
    “Three or four times a night I bet someone overdoses on
    drugs, but survives from having their stomachs pumped and they fight with the
    doctors and nurses,” Bearden said. “It’s got to be a unbelievable pain to have a
    stomach pumped, but they shouldn’t have put themselves in that situation if they
    didn’t want that to happen and the medical staff has to do whatever they can to
    save their life.”
    Then there is the criminal side of people hooked on
    drugs. Once, Bearden said he left the home of an older person that had just
    died  and later returned to the home to retrieve medications to help with
    the death investigation.
    “It wasn’t even 30 minutes later that I returned to the
    home,” he said. “I found the back door kicked in and inside were two teenagers
    going through the medicine cabinets. They were ambulance-listening and chasing
    in hopes of finding prescription drugs.”
    Bearden said police and others are now even warning
    families to not list the addresses of the deceased. He said the prescription
    drug abusers do everything from listen to police/fire/ambulance scanners, to
    chasing ambulances to even reading obituaries in newspapers.
    “It has unfortunately come to that point,” Bearden said.
    “Don’t tell people where the family is because they’ll break in and look for
    whatever (prescription) drugs they can find.”
    However, Bearden believes this can be overcome. He said
    people first need to listen and believe there is a problem and then work
    together to find solutions.
    “We’ve got to get the message to the younger kids and we
    can do that by getting the parents and grandparents involved in teaching them
    and making them realize that it can happen to them,” Bearden said. “I think we
    need more programs in school to recognize and talk about this problem. And the
    younger the children we can reach, the better we can be in helping it all end.
    But really the best way is by word of mouth.”

    One program Bearden said he is
    “100 percent behind” is the Operation Medicine Cabinet. (See related
    article.)

    Most importantly, Bearden said people have to truly
    believe there is a problem with prescription drug abuse in Saline County.

    Unzipping another body bag and
    having to tell parents that their child is gone is a part of the job Bearden
    wishes he never has to do again, but it happens ­ much too often.

    “ … It will send chills up
    your spine,” he said. “ … Letting parents in to identify the body … that’s
    real stuff, and I want to change that. If we can all work together, we can end
    it.”

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