SARAFEM (PROZAC) & ROBITUSSIN: Brittany Murphy Dies Suddenly: CA

NOTE FROM Ann Blake-Tracy
(
www.drugawareness.org): Brittany
Murphy died from the use of multiple serotonergic medications – meds that
increase serotonin. She may have had pneumonia, but pneumonia does not kill that
quickly. There were clearly other contributing factors when death is so sudden
and without much warning.

When Heidi Connelly published her information on Fen-Phen and Redux causing
heart valve problems (something Brittany already suffered from) she found that
it was the elevated levels of serotonin produced by the Fen-Phen and Redux that
caused a gummy gooey glossy substance to build up on the heart valves and keep
them from shutting properly. So if Brittany‘s heart valve already did not shut
properly and you raise her serotonin levels with two serotonergic drugs – Prozac(Sarafem) and Robitussin you build the level of gummy gooey glossy substance on
that heart valve and you are in trouble.

But beyond that the increase in serotonin constricts muscle tissue
restricting air into the lungs, blood flow throughout the body, etc. – all the
major organs are constricted by elevated serotonin. When the serotonin level
gets too high (as it does when you mix two meds that increase it) you produce
death via multiple organ failure. This is what killed Daniel, Anna Nicole
Smith’s young son. It is called Serotonin Syndrome.
So, in Brittany‘s case I firmly believe that the elevated serotonin
produced by these drugs put the nail in her coffin.
Paragraph four reads:  “Investigators found prescription
medication for depression, seizures, anxiety and pain. Monjack told Lauer his
late wife used Vicoprofen and Sarafem during her menstrual
cycle. ‘”Most of the medications are mine. I suffer from seizures,’
Monjack declared. The screenwriter began to stutter and added,  ‘I suffer
from, you know, heart… my heart stopped on December 3rd when we landed from
Puerto Rico’.”
SSRI Stories note:  Sarafem is, molecule for
molecule, the same exact drug as Prozac.  It goes by a different name
because it is registered with the FDA for use in PMS.

http://extratv.warnerbros.com/2010/01/brittany_murphys_family_continues_to_deny_drug_rumors.php

Brittany
Murphy‘s Family Continues to Deny Drug Rumors

Posted on January 21, 2010Brittany Murphy‘s
husband and mother sat down with Matt Lauer on the “Today” show to
discuss the actress’ sudden death.

Murphy

died Dec. 20, and the cause of death is still unknown; toxicology
results
are expected in a few weeks.

“Let’s set the record straight
once and for all — Brittany was not taking any medication for her mood, for
anorexia,” Murphy‘s husband Simon Monjack said. “It’s utterly ridiculous
that these rumors have perpetuated.”

Investigators found prescription
medication for depression, seizures, anxiety and pain. Monjack told Lauer his
late wife used Vicoprofen and Sarafem during her menstrual cycle. “Most of the
medications are mine. I suffer from seizures,” Monjack declared. The
screenwriter began to stutter and added, “I suffer from, you know, heart… my
heart stopped on December 3rd when we landed from Puerto Rico.”

See

Brittany‘s life in photos

Murphy‘s mother Sharon began to
shake her head when Lauer asked about Brittany‘s rumored cocaine use. “It’s just
so horrific. She was diagnosed with a heart murmur when she was a young teenager
and she was terrified of anything happening to her. She never did any drugs,
ever.” Sharon replied.

The two also denied Brittany had any type of
eating disorder. “You just need to go to her favorite restaurant, Chateau
Marmont, and speak to any waiter, who would tell you that she would happily
order four plates of food and eat them all,” Monjack stated.

Monjack
also claims Murphy‘s role in “Happy Feet 2” was pulled and it broke her heart.
He explained, “Hollywood is a village and once you upset the villagers they talk
and they gossip and they rumor. They have blood on their hands, and I hope they
wash them with very hot water because of the way they treated Brittany Murphy

while she was alive.”

The grieving husband and mother have established The Brittany Murphy
Foundation
in her memory.

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Brittany Murphy Cause of Death? Serotonin Syndrome?

NOTE FROM Ann Blake-Tracy:

Brittany Murphy‘s husband and mother are saying they do not think Brittany
died as a result of the drugs she was taking. Let me explain why they are wrong.
What a shame they do not have this information.

#1 Brittany had mitral valve prolapse where a heart valve does not close
properly like the drugs Fen-Phen and Redux produced that killed so
many people. And what did Dr. Heidi Connelly from the Mayo Clinic find that
these drugs did to produce the heart valve problem?

She found that it was the increased levels of serotonin produced by
the drugs that caused a gummy gooey glossy substance to build up on the heart
valves so that they could not close properly.

What do Prozac (Sarafem) and Robitussin both increase? Serotonin levels
and taken together they can produce serious reactions or even kill you due to
the elevated levels of serotonin the mix of these two drugs can
produce.

#2 The day after Brittany died a new study was released demonstrating an
increase in heart failure for women taking antidepressants and anti-anxiety
medications. Brittany was on both Sarafem (Prozac marketed for PMS) and Klonopin
(an anti-anxiety medication – not sure who told Brittany‘s husband that this
drug is an anti-seizure med).

#3 Flu-like symptoms are often symptoms of a toxic reaction to medications.
This is never stressed enough to patients! In treating the flu-like symptoms,
that could easily have been a toxic reaction to meds, with Robitussin which
contains the serotonergic agent dextromethorphan, it could have pushed Brittany
over the edge leading to multiple organ failure that comes from elevated levels

of serotonin – the same thing that killed Anna Nicole Smith’s young son,
Daniel.

________________________________________

Murphy had mitral valve prolapse, a common condition where a heart valve does
not properly close, but doctors said the actress “would live a long and healthy
life,” Monjack said.

He said his wife took the anti-seizure medication klonopin ever since an
episode she had while filming “8 Mile.” She also occasionally took Sarafem, a
drug aimed at pain and mood swings during menstrual periods, Monjack said.

He said he did not think a harmful interaction of drugs played a role in his
wife’s death. She had been sick with flu-like symptoms in the days before her

death and had been taking Robitussin, but nothing more, he said.

Brittany‘s mom, husband say drugs didn’t kill her

By ANTHONY McCARTNEY | Posted: Wednesday, January 20,
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Simon Monjack, left, husband of deceased actress Brittany
Murphy and Murphy‘s mother Sharon pose with a portrait of the actress in Los
Angeles, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2010. Monjack said the portrait by photographer Bruce
Weber was Murphy‘s favorite photo of herself. (AP Photo/Chris
Pizzello)

A month after Brittany Murphy‘s mysterious death, her mother and husband say
they are convinced the actress died of natural causes, not drugs or an eating
disorder.

In an interview with The Associated Press on Tuesday, Sharon Murphy and Simon
Monjack said that Murphy did not use drugs or alcohol and that they are awaiting
a determination from coroner’s officials that will end speculation prescription
medicine caused Murphy‘s death on Dec. 20 at age 32.

Monjack said some of the prescription medications found in the couple’s
Hollywood Hills home belonged to him.

Murphy had mitral valve prolapse, a common condition where a heart valve does
not properly close, but doctors said the actress “would live a long and healthy
life,” Monjack said.

“She had a fear of dying,” Sharon Murphy said. “She would not take too much
caffeine. She wouldn’t even have a glass of champagne on New Year’s. She was
just high on life, and people see that as something else I guess.”

Murphy, the star of varied films such as “Clueless,” “8 Mile,” “Sin City” and
the television series “King of the Hill,” was buried in a private funeral on
Christmas Eve. At the service, Monjack told mourners that the actress was his
best friend and soul mate, sentiments he repeated during the Tuesday
interview.

Monjack, who married Murphy in 2007, said police and coroner’s officials have
not contacted the family to say his wife’s death was from anything other than
natural causes.

Authorities continue to investigate her death but do not suspect foul play.
An autopsy was inconclusive and coroner’s officials are awaiting the results of
toxicology and tissue tests before determining what killed the actress.

Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter said Tuesday that he had not seen Murphy‘s
autopsy report, but the condition of her heart would be looked at before her
cause of death is determined.

Sharon Murphy described the wait for answers as torture. “We wish we knew,”
she said.

“She was alive one minute and she was dead the next,” Monjack said.

The pair worked frantically to save Murphy‘s life the morning she died, as
revealed in a heart-wrenching 911 call where Sharon Murphy implores, “Brittany,
please come back!” as Monjack performs CPR.

Sharon Murphy said she has largely ignored tabloid reports that have
suggested her daughter abused drugs or had an eating disorder. She said her
daughter had always been petite and ate often, but burned it off with an active
lifestyle.

Monjack, who has read some of the reports, called them lies based on
anonymous sources who weren’t close to Brittany Murphy or him. He said he is
considering suing some British outlets for “outright fabrications.”

He said the rumors of her drug use were unfounded and had cost his wife roles
in some major films.

He said he is also considering whether to sue the Los Angeles County
Coroner’s Department over an initial report that was obtained by celebrity Web
site TMZ.com, which
listed several prescription medications found in Murphy‘s home. Monjack said
most of the medicines listed in the report were his.

He said his wife took the anti-seizure medication klonopin ever since an
episode she had while filming “8 Mile.” She also occasionally took Sarafem, a
drug aimed at pain and mood swings during menstrual periods, Monjack said.

Klonopin has been cited in several celebrity overdose deaths, but with many
other medications mixed in.

He said he did not think a harmful interaction of drugs played a role in his
wife’s death. She had been sick with flu-like symptoms in the days before her
death and had been taking Robitussin, but nothing more, he said.

Monjack and Sharon Murphy remain in the Hollywood Hills home where Brittany

Murphy collapsed a month ago. They share grief and memories of Murphy, speaking
highly of each other. Monjack calls Murphy his soul mate; Sharon Murphy calls
her daughter “my other half.”

DVDs of some of Brittany Murphy‘s films lay near the entertainment center,
and several framed photographic portraits of the actress that Monjack shot adorn
the walls and other areas of the living room.

“I’m comforted by these photographs,” Monjack said. “I’m comforted by the
transformation from girl to woman that I witnessed.”

The couple planned to display for exhibition some of the
photographs, which can be seen at http://www.simonmonjackphotography.com.

It was just one of the couple’s plans, which included starting a family and
moving to New York. Sharon Murphy said her daughter was talking about having a
child the night before she died. Monjack said they already had baby names picked
out.

Now the pair are planning a public memorial to celebrate Brittany Murphy‘s
life, which will be held in the Los Angeles area at the end of February. Monjack
and Sharon Murphy said they have asked many of the actress’ friends to refrain
from making public comments, but that they expect the memorial will remind
people of her talents and beauty.

Monjack said the memorial will coincide with the launch of the Brittany
Murphy Foundation, a charitable group that he said will support arts education
for children and other causes his wife believed in.

Both Monjack and Sharon Murphy said they expect respect to grow for Brittany
Murphy‘s work and life, once questions about her death are settled. The actress
had completed two unreleased films before her death but their prospects are
uncertain.

Sharon Murphy expressed reluctance about their release because of the
filmmakers’ inexperience, but Monjack said he would approve if the releases were
respectfully done and the profits donated to the Brittany Murphy Foundation.

“I think the dust will settle, the truth will come out,” Monjack said. “I
think people will come to realize the genius of Brittany Murphy and come to
regret the way they treated her while she was alive.”

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ZOLOFT & SEROQUEL: Multiple Drug Toxicity-Marine’s Autopsy Report Released

NOTE FROM Ann Blake-Tracy:

Yet another soldier’s sudden death is confirmed as being caused by
prescription drug toxicity. How many do we need to see before we stop this
madness of killing more of our troops with prescription drugs than we are seeing
die at the hands of our “enemies”?
This makes you wonder if we are really aware of who our real
enemies are when the fact is that we lose as many lives EVERY WEEK in this
country to “properly prescribed prescription drugs” as we lost in the 9/11
tragedy. We are in Iraq over a small handful of American deaths while
the mass prescription drug genocide continues on a weekly basis with the death
toll now approaching the 2 million mark just since 9/11 [without counting
the millions of deaths before that time and to add controversy to the issue –
with the jury still out on WHO was really behind that attack].
What was left out of this article are several critical points that
would help one to better understand how prescription drugs killed Cpl. Chad
Oligschlaeger –
#1 Antidepressants CAUSE as a side effect – flashbacks.
# 2 Antidepressants CAUSE as a side effect – horrifyingly violent and
very vivid nightmares.
#3 Antidepressants CAUSE as a side effect – all the symptoms
of Post Traumatic Stress.
#4 Antidepressants CAUSE as a side effect – mania and one form of
mania is known as Dipsomania which is described as an overwhelming craving for
alcohol.
#5 Antidepressants CAUSE as a side effect – suicide.
#6 Antidepressants often show up in autopsy as amphetamine.
#7 Zoloft, Seroquel and amphetamine/methamphetamine all increase serotonin
levels thus leading to the very strong possibility of producing Serotonin
Syndrome which causes death via multiple organ failure.
These facts will better help you to understand not only that the
prescription drugs killed Chad, but that they may have produced side
effects for which he was subsequently medicated with such a deadly combination
of drugs.
_______________________________________________
“The prescription drugs killed him.”

Chad Oligschlaeger had
returned from Iraq in early 2006, unsettled by flashbacks and nightmares.

His parents have said that he was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress
disorder, and they have said that he was given prescription drugs to treat it.

“The biggest thing was he wasn’t drinking that night,” Eric
Oligschlaeger said. “And we got affirmation that he didn’t commit suicide.”

http://www.statesman.com/news/content/news/stories/local/2009/10/01/1001autopsy.html

Autopsy report released in Round Rock Marine’s death

Chad Oligschlaeger is found to have died from multiple drug
toxicity.

By Joshunda Sanders
AMERICAN-STATESMAN
STAFF
Thursday, October 01, 2009

The U.S. Marine Corps has released

the autopsy report for Cpl. Chad Oligschlaeger of Round Rock, who was found dead
in his room at the Twentynine Palms Marine base in California on May 20, 2008.

The report found that Oligschlaeger died from multiple drug toxicity.
His death was ruled accidental, according to the report.

The report

shows that methamphetamine and the antidepressants sertraline [Zoloft] and
benzodiazepine were found in Oligschlaeger’s system. Propranolol, a hypertension
drug used to treat post-traumatic stress disorder, and Quetiapine [Seroquel], an
antipsychotic medication, were also found.

“There were no surprises
there,” Eric Oligschlaeger, Chad Oligschlaeger’s father, said of the autopsy
results. “The prescription drugs killed him.”

Chad Oligschlaeger had
returned from Iraq in early 2006, unsettled by flashbacks and nightmares.

His parents have said that he was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress
disorder, and they have said that he was given prescription drugs to treat it.
But his family said Oligschlaeger was left unsupervised in military housing for
long periods after his second tour of duty in Iraq.

Military officials
have said that Marine policies prohibit commanders from discouraging mental
health treatment or leaving troops physically or mentally wounded troops uncared
for.

The Armed Forces Institute of Pathology would not comment on the
findings, citing confidentiality laws related to patient information.

“The biggest thing was he wasn’t drinking that night,” Eric
Oligschlaeger said. “And we got affirmation that he didn’t commit suicide.”

jsanders@statesman.com; 445-3630

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9/11-Paxil Birth Defect Case-One Year Anniversary of the Death of Baby Indiana

Why would it even be going to court? Glaxo is so stupid! They let the Donald Schell murder/suicide case go to court and look what it got them. Now they are going to do this????

Who is handling this one? Hope the attorneys are using Dr. Pal Paucher whose work has demonstrated this for a very long time.

-Ann

[NOTE: This is being sent to you directly as well as being posted on our “BREAKING NEWS” section of our new website. We are posting new cases there as they come in as well..]

We just had the anniversary of 9/11. And today is the anniversary of the death of baby Indiana. And this week we will have the first Paxil Birth Defect case hit the courts.

So what do all of these have in common? PLENTY!!

Baby Indiana lost her life a year ago today due to the fact that her mother took Effexor during her pregnancy and her parents were not warned of the potentially fatal dangers involved. (Please go to one of the sites below to lend support to her family in their battle to raise awareness and also to see what happened to baby Indy.)

All antidepressants increase serotonin levels. The main function of serotonin is constriction of smooth muscle tissue – the lungs and broncial tubes, the intestines, uterus, and the major organs of the body.

Serotonin was originally given to put pregnant women into labor so is it any wonder that Indy and so many other babies born to mothers on antidepressants are either miscarried or born early?

When serotonin levels go too high it results in Serotonin Syndrome which can be fatal producing death via multiple organ failure as the organs constrict and shut down as happened with baby Indy’s lungs.

Now the 9/11 connection: EVERY WEEK IN THIS COUNTRY WE LOSE AS MANY LIVES AS WE LOST IN THE 9/11 TRAGEDY TO ADVERSE REACTIONS FROM PRESCRIPTION DRUGS PRESCRIBED VIA FDA GUIDELINES – NOT ABUSED, BUT GIVEN AND TAKEN ACCORDING TO FDA GUIDELINES.

Why, are we at war in the Middle East over so few deaths (not that they did not matter or were any less important) as opposed to the thousands upon thousands of needless and senseless deaths that continue to happen every week in America due to these deadly prescription drugs that the world tends to ignore?!!! This is an ongoing, never ending 9/11 tragedy striking every week for years before 9/11 and for many years now since 9/11.

Who are the real terrorists? And why have we not declared war on them?

Now this week another family will go into court to fight the battle their little one cannot fight on his/her own. The birth defects have been known of for some time in medical science, but not shared with the parents of those who should be watching for them.

And just how many are there? We have NO idea. Most families are dealing with them with no idea even yet what the cause is. Last year I was speaking with a father about a business matter who explained he could not speak long because his 15 year old daughter was born with a hole in her heart and he had to run her to a doctor’s appointment.

I immediately asked which antidepressant his wife was taking during pregnancy with his daughter. Without hesitation he turned to his wife and asked, “Honey, which antidepressant were you on when you carried ________? Paxil. It was Paxil remember? That was when you had me start taking it.”

Of course I told him he needed to look up the FDA warnings on the drug and heart defects at birth due to the drug. I then gave him the numbers of several attorneys and explained that his daughter has every right to file for this terrible problem that has so affected her life for the past 15 years and will for the rest of her life that will be cut short as a result of the damage done by the drug.

So how many other 15 year olds are there out there dealing with these birth defects even though they have no knowledge of this being a side effect of their mother’s medication? And how many others like Indy did not survive their damages? We need to know. Hopefully this case finally making its way into court will stir up enough publicity to wake up enough people to give these children and their families answers.

Dr. Ann Blake-Tracy, Executive Director,
International Coalition for Drug Awareness
www.drugawareness.org & www.ssristories.drugawareness.org
Author of Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? – Our
Serotonin Nightmare (Order #)

http://wp.me/phViU-qd

Today, September 13, 2009 is the one year anniversary of Indiana Delahunty’s death. We encourage you to please go to her parent’s, Christian & Matt Delahunty’s, blog to offer some moral support to the family at this time.

http://indibaby.wordpress.com/

http://www.fiercepharma.com/story/test-paxil-case-hits-court-next-week/2009-09-11
Test Paxil case hits court next week
September 11, 2009 — 10:43am ET | By Tracy Staton
Related Stories

* AP: Glaxo reps aided Paxil ghostwriting
* Supremes ask for Obama view in vaccine case
* Glaxo under scrutiny in EU
* U.S. Paxil probe broadens
* Grassley asks FDA for Paxil review

GlaxoSmithKline and a bunch of plaintiffs’ lawyers will have their eyes on a Philadelphia court next week. That court is hosting a bellwether liability case over claims that the antidepressant Paxil causes birth defects. Glaxo faces some 600 lawsuits with similar claims. “These cases are sort of like the canary in the coal mine,” law professor David Logan told Bloomberg. “The early cases set the parameters for any global settlement negotiations.”

In this first case, plaintiff Michelle David claims that Paxil caused heart defects in her son Lyam Kilker and that Glaxo failed to warn about the drug’s potential to cause birth defects. As you know, FDA asked Glaxo in 2005 to update Paxil’s label with information on heart defects in infants. Glaxo says the FDA’s action doesn’t prove that Paxil causes birth defects; its own studies after the warning “have been inconclusive with mixed results,” the company says.

But David’s attorney says that Glaxo failed to follow up on early animal studies that suggested Paxil might cause birth defects, and that the company designed Paxil studies to use low doses of the drug to avoid triggering adverse events. “In 1998, GSK internally concluded that it had received an ‘alarming’ number of abnormal pregnancy adverse events for Paxil and failed to disclose this information to the FDA, physicians or the public,” the lawyers said in a court filing. We’ll be hearing much more from both sides next week.

– read the Bloomberg piece

Read more: http://www.fiercepharma.com/story/test-paxil-case-hits-court-next-week/2009-09-11#ixzz0Qq0vDCIS

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4/29/2001 – NY-CITY AGENCY'S PSYCH DRUGS IMPERIL FOSTER KIDS

About three years ago the Seattle Times or the Seattle PI did a series of
articles on the drugging of foster children and the number of deaths as a
result of that deadly practice. Now the New York Post has given us another
article detailing the same problem in the East. Several years ago I learned
that we too have the problem here in the Rocky Mountain area.

My children are adopted and they have always wanted a younger brother or
sister. We looked for several years for a child we could make a part of our
family. We were not able to find one available that was not being drugged for
a variety of reasons. I asked an agency if they had any children available
who were not on drugs, explaining that drug withdrawal is not where I would
want to begin a relationship with a child.

The woman at the agency lowered her voice and said, “Isn’t it horrible?! We
have a doctor in charge here who is drugging all of these children and there
is nothing we can do about it!”

In my opinion, to do this to the most helpless among us – a child alone with
no family to protect them from the drugging – is the most damning statement
against our society there is.

In the news this past weekend we all heard about tragic death of an adopted
child, little Candace Newmaker, who died during a controversial “rebirthing”
therapy in Colorado. She was being given this “treatment” for the diagnosis
of “attachment disorder.” As you read about her death you learn that the
expert witness in this case could not say if it was the therapy that caused
her death or the drugs – Rispirdol being taken at her death AFTER a long
period of treatment with antidepressants. Because the increase in serotonin
shuts off the bronchial tubes it can produce death by asphyxiation – the
cause of death in Candace’s case. We also know that when the serotonin is
increased to too high a level by these drugs it leads to Serotonin Syndrome
which includes multiple organ failure.

Now I invite you into Candace’s drug-induced world – the same world which you
will see was obviously what produced the symptoms that led her and her
desperate adoptive mother into this controversial therapy. As you read the
list of symptoms of increased serotonin and decreased serotonin metabolism in
the document on our site called The Aftermath
(http://drugawareness.org/Archives/Miscellaneous/MRAfter.html) you will see
everyone of the side effects Candace was having that left her mother reeling
from the experience.

Excerpts from the Denver Rocky Mountain News:

* When the local social services workers contacted her with information
about Candace, she was told the girl had a “strong temperment,” that she was
prone to uncontrollable outbursts. Candace had been through six foster homes
by the time she was five, and her birth family had neglected her, Newmaker
was told.

* One night in the spring of 1999, Newmaker woke at 2:30 a.m. and smelled
smoke, she said. She ran down the hall to Candace’s room, but it was empty.
She opened the next door to the guest room and found her daughter.

* “She was sitting on the bed in the guest room with spent matches all
around her,” Newmaker said, crying. “I’m so frightened for her. She could
have hurt herself, killed herself.”

* Speaking publicly for the first time about Candace’s death during that
therapy, Jeane Newmaker said her daughter’s psychological problems were so
advanced that she started a fire in their home, once sexually assaulted two
children, and would fly into hourlong rages.

* “I thought she was deteriorating before my very eyes,” Newmaker said. “I
was not prepared for the level of dysfunction I saw in Candace.”

Ann Blake-Tracy, Executive Director,
International Coalition For Drug Awareness
www.drugawareness.org

http://www.nypost.com/commentary/28629.htm

CITY AGENCY’S PSYCH DRUGS IMPERIL FOSTER KIDS

By DOUGLAS MONTERO
——————————————————————————

MOTHER’S NIGHTMARE:
Erline Kidd, with sons Devon (left) and Von, is fighting to stop the city
from medicating her little girl, who’s in foster care. “My daughter is like a
zombie,” she says.
– Yechiam Gal

April 16, 2001 — ERLINE KIDD doesn’t want her 8-year-old daughter to end up
like a boy named Cecil Reed – a corpse at the city morgue.
Kidd fears for the life of her daughter Shaevonnah – “Shae” – because she’s
in the custody of the city’s Administration for Children’s Services – just
like Cecil was.

And just like Cecil, ACS is allowing doctors to give Shae a cocktail of
psychiatric medications that Kidd feels is harming her baby.

Kidd’s objections are being ignored, just like those of Cecil’s father, who
stopped complaining April 7, 2000, when his 16-year-old son suffered a heart
attack triggered by a combination of four drugs, and died.

“I was begging them to stop,” said Cecil Reed Jr., a city worker who lives in
The Bronx.

“Jesus,” said Dr. Peter Breggin, an author and critic of psychiatric
treatment of children. “They were treating him like you would treat a raving
psychotic.”

ACS says it doesn’t know how many of its 31,000 children are on psychiatric
medication, but advocacy groups say complaints from parents arrive at their
offices on a “regular basis.”

A state audit of 401 randomly selected kids last year found that more than
half were being treated for mental problems – and that most likely means
medication.

Some advocates charge the foster-care agencies contracted to care for nearly
90 percent of ACS’s children use medication to “control” the emotionally
troubled kids.

Parents like those of Tariq Mohammad, 16, face medical-neglect charges in
Family Court if they object too vigorously.

Tariq was on medication for schizophrenia, an illness he says he never had,
and its side effects made him violently ill. The family sued ACS in civil
court and won after a court-appointed psychiatrist determined Tariq didn’t
need any medication.

“I am outraged, not just for me, but for many kids that are being medicated,”
Tariq said. “It really screwed me up. I guess they do it because they don’t
want to deal with us.”

Tariq, who lived in the foster system since he was 11, says his pleas for an
alternative treatment were summarily ignored.

The ACS says parents are entitled to get a second medical opinion or hire a
lawyer to fight the case in court.

The mad rush to medicate, a nationwide phenomenon, is especially delicate
with foster kids. The ACS relies on the judgment of doctors subcontracted by
its 60 foster agencies to evaluate and treat children, agency spokeswoman
Jennifer Faulk said.

The ACS is supposed to monitor the treatment, but overworked caseworkers
can’t – or don’t – micromanage each kid, so they defer to doctors.

Hank Orenstein, the director of the advocacy agency C-Plan, said the ACS
exhibits a “naivete” in mental-health services.

“It’s a relief to have other professions make the decision but as you can see
some children are not always best served with medication,” said Orenstein,
whose group is part of Public Advocate Mark Green’s office.

Parents end up becoming helpless watchdogs handcuffed by bureaucracy and
poverty.

“I hated it,” said Cecil Reed’s father, a Baptist church deacon, describing
the slow medication death of his son at the Bronx Children’s Psychiatric
Center.

Reed began noticing a problem with Cecil’s treatment three years before his
son died. Reed, who was threatened with medical-neglect charges, said Cecil
was “sleepwalking” after the hospital began serving the boy cocktails.

Doctors said Cecil had schizoaffective disorder and post-traumatic stress
disorder but his father claims his son wasn’t insane, just a strong-willed
kid who like any youngster would lash out after being separated from family
and friends.

“Daddy, I don’t want to take medicine anymore . . . They are just using me as
a guinea pig,” Reed remembers his son saying.

When the usually cooperative Reed questioned the medication in late 1999, the
hospital simply got consent from the ACS behind the father’s back, he
charged. Faulk didn’t respond to the allegation.

He learned about the deadly cocktail the day after his son died.

The autopsy report notes Cecil’s body contained “potentially toxic” levels of
pindolol, a heart-damaging drug never tested or recommended for children.

Breggin said serving these cocktails to children is “so dangerous and
experimental that it wouldn’t be permitted under any legitimate rule of
research.”

The ACS, the state’s Office of Children and Family Services and the state
Office of Mental Health, which runs the Bronx facility where Cecil died,
refused to comment because the family plans to sue.

Erline Kidd’s face sunk when she was told about Cecil. Kidd charged she
always learns about the drug cocktails her daughter gets after the fact. All
contact with her daughter’s doctor is arranged by the ACS.

Kidd, a reformed cocaine addict, is fighting two wars: to get her daughter
back from the ACS, like she did with her two sons, ages 12 and 9, in January,
and to stop the drugging of the girl.

Little Shae is on Seroquel and Thorazine for psychosis, and four other drugs.

“I just know it’s too much – my daughter is like a zombie,” the mother said.
“One time I saw her and I wanted to grab her and run.”

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