DEPRESSION MED: Heat Stroke: Death: Arizona

NOTE FROM Ann Blake-Tracy (www.drugawareness.org): I grew up in Arizona and can tell you that this was clearly negligent homicide, if not murder, whether she was on antidepressants or not. But the antidepressant use would have made her more susceptible to both dehydration and to the heat.

Another thing that should be noted is that since she had been treated for mental illness for years the Parkinson’s she was being medicated for was likely antidepressant-induced. Parkinson’s symptoms were the very first reaction ever seen with the use of SSRI antidepressants.

Paragraph five reads: “The report also turned up traces of medication in Marcia Powell’s blood for treating Parkinson’s disease and depression.”

http://www.kpho.com/news/20656048/detail.html

Autopsy: Heat Killed DOC Inmate

Marcia Powell’s Core Temp. Rose To 108 Degrees, Report Says

POSTED: 4:39 pm MST August 31, 2009
UPDATED: 8:57 am MST September 1, 2009

PHOENIX — An autopsy performed on a state prison inmate who died after spending nearly four hours in the Arizona heat said it was heat exposure and dehydration that killed her.

Marcia Powell, 48, died last May, about 10 hours after she collapsed in an outdoor, unshaded holding cell at the Perryville prison in Goodyear.

Her body’s core temperature had risen to 108 degrees, according to the newly-released autopsy report.

The autopsy revealed Powell had first and second-degree burns on her face, chest and arms.

The report also turned up traces of medication in Powell’s blood for treating Parkinson’s disease and depression.

Department of Corrections Director Charles Ryan said at the time Powell was left in the cell nearly twice as long as she should have under department policy. He placed three officers on administrative leave pending a criminal investigation.

Ryan said Powell’s cell was 20 yards from a staffed control room from where corrections officers should have been watching her.

Powell arrived at the Perryville prison in August 2008.

Powell was placed alone in the cell while being moved to an onsite detention unit after seeing a prison psychologist. Ryan said a disturbance at the detention unit prompted Powell’s placement in the holding cell. He would not elaborate on the nature of the disturbance.

Ryan said officers gave Powell bottled water, as required under prison policy. Investigators will try to determine how much water she was given and whether she drank it.

Officers did not remove her after two hours as they should have done under department policy, according to Ryan.

“It is intended to be temporary,” Ryan said. “It is not intended to be a place where they are held for an inordinate amount of time.”

Powell had been in and out of state prisons and had a long history of mental illness, Ryan said.

Reporter Greg Gurule contributed to this story.

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Ann Blake Tracy, Executive Director,
International Coalition for Drug Awareness
(DrugAwareness.Org & SSRIstories.Net)
Author: ”Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? – Our Serotonin Nightmare – The Complete Truth of the Full Impact of Antidepressants Upon Us & Our World” & Withdrawal CD “Help! I Can’t Get Off My Antidepressant!”

She has specialized since 1990 in adverse reactions to serotonergic medications (such as Prozac, Sarafem, Zoloft, Paxil, Luvox, Celexa, Lexapro, Effexor, Serzone, Remeron, Anafranil, Fen-Phen, Redux and Meridia as well as the new atypical antipsychotics Zyprexa, Geodon, Seroquel and Abilify), as well as pain killers, and has testified before the FDA and congressional subcommittee members on antidepressants.

WITHDRAWAL WARNING: In sharing this information about adverse reactions to antidepressants I always recommend that you also give reference to my CD on safe withdrawal, Help! I Can’t Get Off My Antidepressant!, so that we do not have more people dropping off these drugs too quickly – a move which I have warned from the beginning can be even more dangerous than staying on the drugs!

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