PAXIL: Acquitted of DUI: Involuntary Intoxication: Virginia

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

Because the package insert for Paxil
warns that this antidepressant does produce “alcohol cravings” and we know how
common it is for mania to be induced by SSRIs, with one type of mania being
“Dipsomania” – an overwhelming compulsion to drink alcohol” – this
information needs to be spread far and wide ASAP! Patients are NOT warned
of this when they are given this drug! Few are even given the package insert
which is a “failure to warn” on the part of both the drug maker and the
pharmacist. How many DUIs are being caused by the SSRI antidepressants? We know
that DUIs in middle aged women, the main users of SSRIs, have DOUBLED over
a recent 10 year period. Is there a connection? As a society we need to know.
Where is MADD on this issue?
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The Fifth case from the end reads:  “Defendant was on Paxil, an
anti-depressant drug, and had a few drinks after playing golf. He was arrested
and charged with DUI after weaving through traffic.  He was “obviously
impaired” according to his lawyer.  ‘The worst I’d ever seen in 25 years’.”

“An expert testified that Paxil, taken with alcohol, has an “additive
effect” in some people.  The Defendant was never told about this.  The
Court acquitted the Defendant because to self-administer an intoxicant, one must
be aware that they are consuming an intoxicant.

http://virginiadui.poweradvocates.com/dui_defenses.html

4.
Involuntary Intoxication .  Commonwealth v. Moore, February, 2003 (Fairfax
Co. GDC).

Defendant was on Paxil, an anti-depressant drug, and had a few
drinks after playing golf.  He was arrested and charged with DUI after
weaving through traffic.  He was “obviously impaired” according to his
lawyer.  “The worst I’d ever seen in 25 years.”

An expert testified
that Paxil, taken with alcohol, has an “additive effect” in some people.

The Defendant was never told about this.  The Court acquitted the Defendant
because to self-administer an intoxicant, one must be aware that they are
consuming an intoxicant.

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LEXAPRO: Artie Lange Arrested for DUI: New York

NOTE FROM Ann Blake-Tracy: Artie is right – Lexapro
would be the cause of his DUI whether he was sober or not. Considering the
strong negative effect SSRI antidepressants have upon the pancreas as they cause
drops in blood sugar and lead patients into mania (Dipsomania is described as an
“overwhelming craving for alcohol”.) it should be no surprise to anyone that an
SSRI would be the cause of many DUIs. If he is still sober, he deserves a medal
for being able to stay that way while on an SSRI antidepressant!!

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Paragraphs 2 & 3 read:  “ Artie Lange was noticeably quieter than usual on
Monday morning’s broadcast, only peppering the on-air conversations with an
occasional joke or cutting remark.  About two hours into the broadcast,

Artie Lange finally broke his silence about Friday’s DUI.  After stating
that: “for once I’m actually doing something sensible and listening to my lawyer
and not talking about it,”
Artie Lange went on to tease the audience
with a few details of the incident that catapulted him to the top of Google
Trends on Friday
, despite The Howard Stern Show having been off air for

a full two weeks.”

Artie Lange insists that he blew a 0.0 on
the Breathalyzer test t
hat he was given at the scene of the
accident.  Artie Lange also reported that he was also given a urine test at
the police statio
n.  Artie Lange states that
there were no illicit drugs in his system, and that all the analysts will find
that could possibly explain his erratic driving is the
antidepressant
Lexapro.”

http://www.examiner.com/x-11279-Howard-Stern-Examiner~y2009m7d13-Is-Lexapro-to-blame-forArtie-Langes-DUI

Is Lexapro to blame for Artie Lange‘s DUI?

July 13, 9:05 AM

At long last, The
Howard Stern Show
returned to the air live this Monday morning.  With
the abundance of celebrity news to catch up on and current box office topper
“Bruno” in the studio, Howard Stern Show fans really only wanted to hear about
one thing: Artie

Lange’s DUI.  After proclaiming that he had been clean and sober for
months, Artie Lange was arrested on suspicion of DUI on Friday after a fender
bender in Tom’s River, New Jersey.

Artie

Lange was noticeably quieter than usual on Monday morning’s broadcast, only
peppering the on-air conversations with an occasional joke or cutting
remark.  About two hours into the broadcast, Artie Lange finally broke his
silence about Friday’s DUI.  After stating that: “for once I’m actually
doing something sensible and listening to my lawyer and not talking about
it,”  Artie

Lange went on to tease the audience with a few details of the incident that
catapulted him to the top of Google Trends on Friday, despite The Howard Stern
Show having been off air for a full two weeks.

Artie
Lange
insists that he blew a 0.0 on the Breathalyzer test that he was given
at the scene of the accident.  Artie Lange also reported that he was also
given a urine test at the police station.  Artie Lange states that there
were no illicit drugs in his system, and that all the analysts will find that
could possibly explain his erratic driving is the antidepressant

Lexapro.

Artie Lange spoke openly about his struggles with depression in
his recent bestselling book “
Too Fat to Fish
.”  In the past, the comedian has rejected the idea of
taking antidepressants to treat his mood, despite his willingness to dabble in
the spectrum of illegal substances.

But could Lexapro really be to blame
for Artie Lange’s DUI?  Fans, friends and family members of Artie Lange are
all thinking the same thing: the whole story sounds too fat to fishy.  In

Artie Lange’s defense, the official website for Lexapro lists among the
drug’s safety precautions:
“Patients should be cautioned about operating hazardous machinery, including
automobiles, until they are reasonably certain that Lexapro does not affect
their ability to engage in such activities.”  Although Artie Lange did not
state how long he has been taking Lexapro, he did report that he started it
“recently.”

Artie Lange has stated that he has “a lot to say” about
Friday’s DUI arrest, and that he is looking forward to talking openly on the
subject once his lawyer approves it.  Artie Lange is scheduled to appear in
court on Friday, July 17th.

Author: Liz
Brown

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DEPRESSION MED: Soldier Commits Suicide: Iraq/New Hampshire

Paragraphs 3 & 4 read: “Last week, 37-year-old Dane took his life in California where he was stationed. His family in Auburn questions if more could have been done to prevent his death.”

“They say he sought help from the military to battle depression and PTSD and was on medication.”

http://www.wmur.com/news/19934903/detail.html

Full Military Honors Planned For Marine

Family Questions Whether He Should Have Been Given More Help
POSTED: 11:19 pm EDT July 2, 2009
UPDATED: 11:43 pm EDT July 2, 2009

AUBURN, N.H. — New Hampshire is preparing to lay a Marine to rest with full military honors.

Staff Sgt. Charles Edward Dane, known as Eddie to family and friends, served six combat tours, dedicating 15 years in service to the country.

Last week, 37-year-old Dane took his life in California where he was stationed. His family in Auburn questions if more could have been done to prevent his death.

They say he sought help from the military to battle depression and PTSD and was on medication.

After two DUIs, Dane was being processed out of the service he loved.

A funeral with full military honors will be held Monday at noon at the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen.
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