ANTIDEPRESSANTS: Murder Attempt: Man Took 6 Time Prescribed Dose: Canada

NOTE FROM Ann Blake-Tracy (_www.drugawareness.org_ (http://www.drugawareness.org)
):

This reminds me of a case I had in Florida years ago where a young man was
staying with friends and had been a little “down” lately. He remembered
that the wife in the family had a bottle of Zoloft she had placed on top of
the fridge instead of taking it because she did not like how it made her
feel. He knew it was for depression and thought it might make him feel better
so he took one.

After a little while he did not feel any difference so he took another, and
another, and another until he had taken six pills. After that he cannot
remember anything about what happened. All he knows is what others told him
he did which was he started drinking and then stabbed a stranger over 100
times with a screwdriver killing him. He is now spending the rest of his life
in prison.
________________________________________________

Paragraph two reads: “Adrien John Lepage, 55, had told the court he
robbed and kidnapped the young woman in the hope police would kill him and put
him out of his misery. He wasn’t thinking straight and didn’t mean to hurt
anyone, he said.”

Paragraph seven reads: “Lepage testified last Friday that he suffers from
depression and that on the morning of Nov. 30, he took six times his
prescribed dose of anti-depressant medication.”

_http://www.cbc.ca/canada/new-brunswick/story/2010/04/15/nb-attempted-murder
-verdict.html_
(http://www.cbc.ca/canada/new-brunswick/story/2010/04/15/nb-attempted-murder-verdict.html)

N.B. kidnapper found guilty of attempted murder

Last Updated: Thursday, April 15, 2010 | 3:50 PM AT

CBC News

Adrien John Lepage is escorted by police on Dec. 1, 2009. (CBC)

A Saint John man has been found guilty of attempted murder in connection
with the kidnapping of a bartender who was abandoned in a remote gravel pit
with a plastic bag taped around her head.

Adrien John Lepage, 55, had told the court he robbed and kidnapped the
young woman in the hope police would kill him and put him out of his misery.
He wasn’t thinking straight and didn’t mean to hurt anyone, he said.

Hampton provincial court Judge Henrik Tonning wasn’t convinced. He said no
matter how hard he looked for reasonable doubt, he could not find any.

Lepage, who was taking notes in the prisoner’s box throughout Thursday’s
proceedings, showed no reaction to the guilty verdict.

He will be sentenced on May 27 on the attempted murder charge, to which he
had pleaded not guilty. He will also be sentenced on charges of unlawful
confinement and theft, to which he had pleaded guilty.

The judge ordered a pre-sentence report and victim impact statement.

Left for dead

Lepage testified last Friday that he suffers from depression and that on
the morning of Nov. 30, he took six times his prescribed dose of
anti-depressant medication.

He also said he had been having problems with his girlfriend that day,
before he walked into the Barnwood Pub in Quispamsis, in southern New
Brunswick.

The bartender had testified that Lepage ordered food and drinks before
approaching her at the bar and telling her he would blow her head off if she
didn’t give him the money in the cash register.

He told her to carry the $400 outside, away from the pub’s security
cameras, she said. Then he threw her into his van and drove 55 kilometres to a
gravel pit near Lepreau. He said: “Have a nice life,” then drove away, she
told the court.

The woman, who had no coat, was soaking wet and covered in mud, with her
arms and legs bound with duct tape. She managed to free herself and walk to
Highway 1, where two drivers pulled over to help her.

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ANTIDEPRESSANTS & ALCOHOL: Death: Ireland

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

Death by misadventure!” What is that? “Death by medicine” is
far more accurate! When antidepressants CAUSE overwhelming cravings for alcohol

or Dipsomania (an uncontrollable urge to drink alcohol) why was this case not
determined to be murder by medicine? That is what it was. When the drug causes
you to mix a deadly combo that takes your life then it is murder by medicine in
my book!

______________________________________
First three paragraphs read:  “AN A&E consultant has
warned of the “lethal” consequences of combining alcohol and prescription
medication
following the death of Bertie Ahern’s
nephew from a mixture of drink and anti-depressants.”

“Dr Chris
Luke said people were admitted every day suffering from the effects of legal
drug and alcohol cocktails. Dr Luke, a consultant at Cork University Hospital,
said legal drugs were as dangerous as illegal drugs
and the public needed to be made aware of the dangers”.

“He was
commenting after an inquest found that Dylan Ahern, the son of former Dublin
City Councillor Maurice Ahern, had been killed by a combination of
anti-depressant medication and alcohol.
A jury returned a verdict of

death by misadventure.”

http://www.herald.ie/national-news/booze-and-pills-alert-after-bertie-tragedy-2139007.html

Booze and pills alert after Bertie tragedy

Thursday April 15 2010

AN A&E consultant has warned
of the “lethal” consequences of combining alcohol and prescription medication
following the death of Bertie Ahern’s nephew from a mixture of drink and
anti-depressants.

Dr Chris Luke said people were admitted every day
suffering from the effects of legal drug and alcohol cocktails. Dr Luke, a
consultant at Cork University Hospital, said legal drugs were as dangerous as
illegal drugs and the public needed to be made aware of the dangers.

He
was commenting after an inquest found that Dylan Ahern, the son of former Dublin
City Councillor Maurice Ahern, had been killed by a combination of
anti-depressant medication and alcohol. A jury returned a verdict of death by
misadventure.

Toxic

“Every week on our observation ward at CUH, we
have several cases of people who have poisoned themselves with booze and
whatever was in the medicine cabinet,” Dr Luke said.

“When giving talks
to parents, teenagers and colleagues, I always start by saying the first drug is

alcohol and it’s always the first chapter in any story of substance abuse.

“Nine out of 10 times when people poison themselves, it involves
alcohol. We would rarely get a case of an overdose of anti-depressants or other
drugs without alcohol being consumed first.

Alcohol also sensitises
parts of the body like the heart, brain and stomach lining, making them more
susceptible to being affected by other drugs.

“It amplifies the toxic
effect of each compound so the synergy they have is greater than the sum of
their parts in their effect on the body.”

Dr Luke said the effect could
be either a more intense tranquilising effect, or a paradoxical stimulation,
leaving people either almost comatose, or “off their heads”.

He said a
large number of people who self-harmed with alcohol and drugs did so either
accidentally or impulsively.

They can become aggressive, violent and
paranoid and can suffer from a rapid heart rate, high blood pressure or
“electrical chaos” in the brain, leading to seizures or even heart attacks and
fatal strokes. “Booze and drugs are always a dangerous combination,” he
added.

hnews@herald.ie

– Andrew
Phelan

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ANTIDEPRESSANT: Woman is 23rd France Telecom Employee to Commit Suidie

Fourth paragraph from the end reads:  “The young woman’s
parents told
Paris Match their daughter had been taking anti-depressant medication for the past five
years.”

http://www.news.com.au/business/story/0,27753,26090474-462,00.html

Letter emerges in 23rd France Telecom suicide

From
correspondents in Paris

Agence France-Presse

September 18, 2009
08:23am

  • Spate of suicides at France Telecom
  • Letter emerges in 23rd case


THE controversy over a spate of
suicides at the communications giant France
Telecom
took a macabre turn overnight with the publication of a suicide
letter sent by the latest woman to die.

“I’m going to become the 23rd
staff member to commit suicide,” 32-year-old Stephanie wrote in an e-mail sent
to her father just moments before she flung herself out of her fourth storey
office window.

Her father passed the final communication to Paris
Match
magazine
(French language), which published it in full yesterday amid a national scandal
over what the firm has itself admitted is an “infernal spiral” of suicides among
its employees.

“When I called you this morning, you said I didn’t seem
quite right. You were right. My suicidal impulses are taking over again. I’ve
decided to act upon them tonight,” the Parisian law graduate wrote.

“Oh,
it’s pointless calling my landlord and getting him to check on me, because I’m
going to end my days in the office,” she added, according to the print out of
the mail reproduced in Paris Match.

I haven’t told my boss, obviously, but I’m going to become the 23rd staff
member to commit suicide,” she said.

France
Telecom has lost 23 workers
in this way since February 2008.

“I can’t
accept the new reorganisation in my department. I’m getting a new boss and I’d
rather die. I’m leaving my handbag with my mobiles and keys in the office, but
I’ll take my donor card with me, you never know,” she wrote.

“Aside from
that, don’t forget to got to my place to pick up Zebulon and Frimousse and to
feed them,” she added, referring to her pet rabbit and cat.

“I’m sorry
that you had to get this kind of message but I’m more than lost.”

The
note was sent at 5:10 pm on September 11. Minutes later, Stephanie dropped from
her office window in a French Telecom client services office in Paris.
Critically wounded, she died two hours later.

The young woman’s parents
told Paris
Match
their daughter had been taking anti-depressant medication for the past
five years.

France Telecom, a former state monopoly now competing in a
deregulated market, has undergone several large-scale reorganisations in recent
years, leading to widespread complaints of stress among workers.

On
Tuesday, following the latest in a round of suicides and attempted suicides,
management promised to look again at its personnel policies.

The firm has
100,000 employees and the rate of suicides among staff is not much higher than
in the general population, but several of those who killed themselves did so at
work or after blaming the firm for their despair.

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ANTIDEPRESSANT: Murder: Man Kills Wife: Has No Memory of it: Trial: Cal…

THE MEMORY LAPSES IN THESE CASES ARE FAR TOO COMMON. HOW DO YOU RECALL KILLING SOMEONE IN AN ANTIDEPRESSANT-INDUCED SLEEP STATE-THE REM SLEEP BEHAVIOR DISORDER??????? (www.drugawareness.org)

Paragraphs 13 & 14 read: “Throughout the case and repeatedly during the trial, Doud has said he has no memory of killing his wife. He has said the memory lapse is similar to one he experienced in December 2002 when he was missing in the Sierra Nevada wilderness near Yosemite for several days. When he was located that time, Doud said he had no idea how or why he ended up snow camping in the mountains.”

“During the trial Tuesday, small details about the case surfaced, including that Doud has been taking anti-depressant medication for anxiety since before his disappearance in 2002 and that, after his wife’s death, he wrote a letter to his children asking them if they believed he killed their mother.”

http://www.mercurynews.com/centralcoast/ci_13039336

One witness left in Marshall Doud murder trial

By Jennifer Squires

Posted: 08/11/2009 07:42:28 PM PDT
Updated: 08/11/2009 07:44:11 PM PDT

SANTA CRUZ – After four days on the witness stand, accused murderer Marshall Doud stepped down Tuesday afternoon and his attorney rested his case.

Doud was the only defense witness to testify during the jury trial, which began Aug. 4 and could send the 43-year-old to state prison for the rest of his life. He is accused of allegedly smothering his wife, Morgana, 42, early on Sept. 4, 2007.

Doud, whose testimony was interrupted by hours of video-taped footage of his interviews with police, testified that he does not remember killing his wife. He claims he suffered a blind spot in his memory around the time his wife died.

Prosecutor Andrew Isaac plans to call Dr. James Missett, a psychiatrist, as a rebuttal witness Wednesday. Missett, a San Francisco Bay Area-doctor, likely will be the last person to testify and closing arguments are expected Thursday.

Outside of court, Isaac said Missett will address the psychiatric validity of the claims Doud has made. The doctor has reviewed the case file and Doud’s testimony in preparation for Wednesday’s court appearance.

Isaac added that the District Attorney’s Office has consulted with medical experts from the onset of the case because investigators suspected Doud would use a mental health defense.

The defense did not utilize any expert witnesses, but Doud testified at length about his mental health history and his experiences on the day his wife died.

Doud told jurors that he woke up around 1:30 a.m. that day to use the bathroom, then walked downstairs in his Mentel Avenue home to check on his children, who were all asleep, and watched the creatures in the family’s saltwater fishtank.

But then he suffered some sort of blackout, Doud testified. He “woke up” on the top of the staircase terrified and unsure of what time or day it was. Doud testified that he lost about two hours of his memory.

“It’s scary. It’s difficult to describe,” Doud told the jury Tuesday. “It’s like turning around and not seeing anything.”

Overwhelmed with fear, Doud got dressed and fled his house in the middle of the night, he testified. He drove to his Scotts Valley office, then into the Santa Cruz Mountains, where he passed the day sitting on a rock in the woods trying to make sense of the thoughts in his head. At dusk, he walked back to his pickup and decided to contact his therapist, he testified.

The effort to reach his doctor brought Doud to Santa Cruz police headquarters, where he was able to meet with the therapist but was arrested on suspicion of killing his wife.

Throughout the case and repeatedly during the trial, Doud has said he has no memory of killing his wife. He has said the memory lapse is similar to one he experienced in December 2002 when he was missing in the Sierra Nevada wilderness near Yosemite for several days. When he was located that time, Doud said he had no idea how or why he ended up snow camping in the mountains.

During the trial Tuesday, small details about the case surfaced, including that Doud has been taking anti-depressant medication for anxiety since before his disappearance in 2002 and that, after his wife’s death, he wrote a letter to his children asking them if they believed he killed their mother.

Monday, the prosecution introduced a letter written the night of Morgana’s death by one of Doud’s sons in which the teenager stated his father was going to kill the whole family.

Two of the couple’s three teenage children, who found their mother dead on her bed, have been called to testify against their father.

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ZOLOFT WITHDRAWAL: Nervous Breakdown & Woman Runs Away: Arizona

Second paragraph reads: “Chandler police said Carol Roby, 62, suffered a nervous breakdown after going off her Zoloft, an anti-depressant medication. Her family noticed her missing Saturday when she didn’t meet them for a 2 p.m. meeting. She also didn’t make an 8 a.m. work appointment, police said.”

FROM THE WARNING ON OUR www.drugawareness.org WEBSITE FROM ITS INCEPTIONIN 1997:
Withdrawal can often be more dangerous than continuing on a medication. It is important to withdraw extremely slowly from these drugs (usually over a period of a year or more depending upon the length of use of antidepressant medications).

http://www.azcentral.com/community/chandler/articles/2009/08/10/20090810cr-adultfound0810.html

Chandler woman reported missing calls family from Tucson

8 commentsby Megan Boehnke – Aug. 10, 2009 10:01 AM
The Arizona Republic

A Chandler woman who was missing over the weekend called her family late Sunday from a hotel in Tucson.

Chandler police said Carol Roby, 62, suffered a nervous breakdown after going off her Zoloft, an anti-depressant medication. Her family noticed her missing Saturday when she didn’t meet them for a 2 p.m. meeting. She also didn’t make an 8 a.m. work appointment, police said.

She left behind her medication and insulin kit.

Roby drove to Tucson and checked herself into a hotel before eventually calling her family.

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ANTIDEPRESSANTS: Man Charged with Making Bombs: Australia

First three paragraphs read:  “A MAN charged with making explosives in Melbourne’s west has been taking anti- depressants, a court has heard.”

Russell Heard, 46, of Wyndham Vale, faced the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court today charged with explosives offences.

Police allegedly discovered the explosive materials during a raid while carrying out a search warrant about 6pm yesterday.

http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/story/0,21985,25890473-661,00.html

Wyndham Vale man charged with making an explosive substance

Gareth Trickey with AAP

August 06, 2009 05:43am

UPDATE 4.03pm: A MAN charged with making explosives in Melbourne’s west has been taking anti- depressants, a court has heard.

Russell Heard, 46, of Wyndham Vale, faced the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court today charged with explosives offences.

Police allegedly discovered the explosive materials during a raid while carrying out a search warrant about 6pm yesterday.

The court was told Heard is on anti-depressant medication and should be assessed by a doctor.

Magistrate Lance Martin suppressed publication of Heard’s image after the court heard identity might be an issue in the case.

Heard is charged with making an explosive substance with intent to damage property and possessing an explosive substance with intent to cause serious injury to property.

He made no application for bail and was remanded in custody to reappear in the same court on October 29 for committal mention.

In a media statement earlier today, police said they believed they had uncovered a clandestine laboratory for the use and manufacture of explosive substances and had seized chemicals and apparatus from the home.

Detectives stumbled upon the clandestine laboratory during a search of Mr Heard’s house.

Arson and explosives squad members were called to the house and seized chemicals and apparatus.

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4/29/2001 – Another antidepressant-induced school shooting

“And school officials have since discovered that in the days before he
brought the gun to school, he was having trouble adjusting to a new
anti-depressant medication.”

http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/ap/20010428/us/tragedy_averted_1.html

Saturday April 28 12:57 PM ET
Wash. School Deals With Gun Incident

By MARTHA IRVINE, AP National Writer

MATTAWA, Wash. (AP) – Apple orchards are blossoming just down the road. But
there is one student in Michelle Hansen’s honors English class who is not
there to see it.

Cory Baadsgaard is, instead, in the county jail, writing letters of apology
to classmates he has known since kindergarten – the same ones he forced into
a classroom corner using a loaded big-game hunting rifle and swear words many
had never heard him use before.

“It’s hard to write when you’re shaking and crying,” the 16-year-old said
in a letter that his friend, Clint Price, read to the class soon after the
April 10 standoff.

“I’m so sorry about what I did. … I never once thought about hurting any
of you.”

No one was hurt, at least not physically, at Wahluke High School. But the
anger and second-guessing linger, and one question continues to echo in the
hallways.

“Why?”

It’s a question without a satisfactory answer here, or any other place where
a student has walked into school with a weapon and a confused mind or bad
intentions.

According to the National School Safety Center, which began tracking school
deaths in 1992, the numbers have dropped in the last decade. Even so,
teen-agers have come of age hearing about rampages so heinous they are now
simply referred to with one word: Jonesboro, Paducah, Columbine and Santee
among them.

The issue has hit especially close to Mattawa, a tiny no-stoplight town
nestled in a valley that the Columbia River has carved through the red rock
and sagebrush of central Washington’s high desert. Five years ago in nearby
Moses Lake, Barry Loukaitis opened fire on his ninth-grade math class,
killing two students and a teacher and seriously injuring another student.

“I go to sporting events in other states and people say, ‘Hey, didn’t you
guys have a shooting there?”’ Justin Workman, the senior class president at
Moses Lake High School, says, sighing. “It’s all we seem to be known for.”

Still, students in Mattawa – many of them children of ranchers or farm hands
– never really believed it would happen to them. And if it did, the gunman
wouldn’t be Baadsgaard, a lanky, baby-faced teen who was quick to give a hug.

“I lay awake at night thinking about it,” Price, who is 17, says. “I wish
he would’ve said something.”

When searching for answers, students in Baadsgaard’s class don’t mention
bullying or teasing. But they do wonder about other factors – among them,
violence in movies and video games and guns that, a few believe, are too
accessible.

“Maybe he was copying what he saw on the news,” 16-year-old classmate
Marcela Negrete says, later adding, “Maybe he just wanted more attention
from us.”

Megan Hyndman, 17, says, “Looking back, I guess I did see signs that he was
having a hard time. He didn’t really have a best friend.”

Several of his classmates knew Baadsgaard was struggling to pass Hansen’s
class (despite posting what Hansen says were the class’s highest standardized
reading scores).

A smaller number also knew he’d been suicidal, one time threatening to jump
off a cliff when he was rock climbing.

And school officials have since discovered that in the days before he brought
the gun to school, he was having trouble adjusting to a new anti-depressant
medication.

Any number of factors could have prompted Baadsgaard to sneak through one of
the school’s side doors with the rifle and burst into his classroom.

But many experts caution against using those factors to lump every kid who
brings a gun to school – even those who end up killing – into the same
category.

“It’s too easy to jump to obvious conclusions about what it is that makes
these kids go off,” says Peter Scales, a developmental psychologist and
senior fellow at Search Institute, a Minneapolis-based youth research center.
“So I think, for me, the lesson is to take a step backward and ask ‘What do
all kids need to be more safe and healthier?”’

At Wahluke High School, principal Bob Webb says he plans to do just that by
assigning an adult mentor to every student. He also wants to set up a hot
line for anonymous tips about students who might be troubled or making
threats.

Webb, who encourages his staff to hug students, says it’s all part of
enhancing the benefits of a small town and a small school.

Students “know you know them,” he says. “You’re going to see them on the
street corner. You’re going to sit next to them in the theater. You’re going
to sit next to them at church.”

Webb says he has little doubt a shooting was averted because of the bonds
that have taken hold in this town of 1,800 people (including outlying areas).

“The whole reason this played out the way it did is because of Cory’s
one-on-one relationship with those kids,” Webb says.

That closeness, he says, showed itself as Hansen and some of her students
made frequent eye contact with Baadsgaard, calmly talking to him as he sat
against a classroom wall and tightly gripped the rifle’s barrel.

Webb and intervention specialist David Garcia then entered the room and
kneeled next to Baadsgaard.

“You don’t want to do this,” Webb said whispering into his ear and touching
his shoulder.

Eventually, Baadsgaard threw the gun aside and was led away by authorities.
He has since pleaded innocent to kidnapping and firearms charges and will
likely be tried as an adult.

Meanwhile, in Hansen’s room, students have placed quotations on the room’s
walls.

“To err is human; to forgive is divine.”

“Hindsight is 20-20.”

They have also turned their desks around to face the door so that – if for no
other purpose – they can see trouble coming.

Realistically, they know the chances of having to deal with another
gun-wielding intruder are slim. Then again, they say, you never know.

Nobody expected another gun incident here after the horror of Moses Lake. And
Santana High School in Santee, Calif., ran programs to prevent violence, yet
two students were killed in a shooting there in March.

“I think it’s just a fact of life,” Gabriel Valladares, the 16-year-old
co-captain of the school’s soccer team, says of violence in schools. “These
days, you have to be prepared for anything.”

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10/01/1999 – Doctor: Link Between Medicines, Killing

Recent article in the Smithville Review regarding Robert Kirkwood’s
tragic experience with anti-depressants.

Two area cases involved anti-depressants
By DENNIS STANLEY, THE SMITHVILLE REVIEW
(Editor’s Note: This is the second of a two-part series.)

http://smithvillereview.edge.net/index.ez?Form.sess_id=8934&Form.sess_key=938122849&viewStory=483

In October, 1993 Wilma J. Adcock of the Antioch Community shot her
nine- and 15- year-old sons in the chest twice with a .357 revolver and
then turned the gun on herself.

In July this year, Rosemarie Kirkwood of Lebanon drove to a scenic
overlook above Center Hill Lake in DeKalb County and shot her two young
children and then shot herself.

Is there a connection? Ann Blake-Tracy, Director of the
International Coalition For Drug Awareness, thinks there’s a definite
connection — anti-depressant medication.

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