ANTIDEPRESSANTS & PAIN KILLERS: Suicide: Woman: England

Paragraph 11 reads:  “A post-mortem examination also
found a mixture of other painkillers and anti-depressants
in therapeutic rather than fatal amounts, but they could have worked
to enhance the effect of the pills.”

http://www.getreading.co.uk/news/s/2065818_grieving_nurse_had_spoken_of_suicide

Grieving nurse had spoken of suicide

February 15,
2010

A nurse who was found dead on her sofa had taken an overdose of her
daughter’s painkillers, an inquest heard.

Lindsay Davies, 50, was
discovered by her 22-year-old daughter at the family home in Southcote on August
26.

She had just finished a 10-day stint of night shifts at the Duchess
of Kent House in West Reading and the inquest heard it was thought she decided
to have a few drinks and fall asleep on the sofa.

Her husband Ian, known
as Terry, woke to the sound of her falling off the sofa at 2am and went
downstairs to pick her up and put her back on the settee at their home in
Worcester Close.

Giving evidence at the inquest on Tuesday, Mr Davies
said that he had left for work at around 6.30am and his wife was still snoring
soundly on the sofa. He said: “She had just finished night shifts and was
exhausted. It was not unusual for her to have a few drinks and relax when she
knew she didn’t have to go to work the next day.

“She had mentioned a few
things about taking her life but it was soon after her mother died and I just
thought it was normal to talk like that. I didn’t think she would actually do
anything, especially not where her family would find her.”

Mrs Davies,
who had a history of depression, had discussed taking her life with her daughter
but had said she would walk into the sea until she drowned and take her beloved
dog Charlie with her.

Her husband found a number of empty pill packets in
the house and some food bags of ham that had been laced with pills. But the dog,
who had been sleeping next to her, showed no signs of
poisoning.

Berkshire coroner Peter Bedford said that Mrs Davies had pills
in her stomach containing a painkiller that was prescribed to her daughter who
also suffered depression.

The pills were a potentially fatal
dose.

A post-mortem examination also found a mixture of other painkillers
and anti-depressants in therapeutic rather than fatal amounts, but they could
have worked to enhance the effect of the pills.

Recording an open
verdict, Mr Bedford said: “There is not enough evidence to allow me to reach a
clear conclusion.

“There is no suicide note, there is only one drug that
she overdosed in her body when you expect someone to try and take all the pills
you could get your hands on, and the fact she had said she would not do it at
home where her daughter would find her.

“There is doubt for me
there.”

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PROZAC: Suicide: Woman Set Herself on Fire: England

Paragraph nine reads:  “By this time she was also
taking Prozac
and diazepam and had been given
several referrals for alcohol treatment programmes.”

SSRI Stories
Note:  The Physicians Desk Reference states that antidepressants can cause a craving for alcohol and
alcohol abuse. Also, the liver cannot
metabolize the antidepressant and the alcohol simultaneously,  thus leading
to higher levels of both alcohol and the antidepressant in the human
body.

http://www.theargus.co.uk/news/4749233.Brighton_mum_who_set_herself_on_fire_was_depressed_after_redundancy__inquest_hears/

Brighton mum who set herself on fire was depressed after redundancy,
inquest hears

2:33pm Thursday 19th November 2009

A Brighton mother-of-two committed suicide by dousing herself in barbecue lighter
fluid and setting it alight after battling with a chronic alcohol problem and
depression since being made redundant, an inquest heard today.

Birgit Bartlett’s body was found by her daughter in the garden of her home in
Hollingbury Crescent on August 8.

An inquest at Brighton County Court
heard the 51-year-old died of suffocation after inhaling the flames which
enveloped her body.

Pathologist Mark Taylor, who carried out a
post-mortem examination, said she had an acute thermal injury to her windpipe
and believed she would have died “rapidly”.

Mr Taylor said she had low
levels of alcohol in her blood, equal to having consumed around four units, but
added that he found excess fat around her liver, “in keeping with her history of
chronic alcohol abuse,” although this did not contribute to her death.

Mrs Bartlett’s husband, Michael, said his wife began drinking heavily
when she was made redundant in 2007 and he and his adult son and daughter would
often find empty bottles of wine hidden around the house.

In 2008 she
stopped drinking when she became employed as an admin assistant, but took it up
again when she lost the job in February of this year.

This time her
alcohol abuse was worse, and she took to drinking a bottle of spirits a day. Mr
Bartlett said the family confiscated her credit cards and cheque book in a bid
to stop her.

By this time she was also taking Prozac and diazepam and
had been given several referrals for alcohol treatment programmes.

During a visit to her GP in March she denied thoughts of suicide but
admitted she had been feeling low, before she was admitted to hospital in May
after setting fire to her duvet cover while in bed.

She suffered third
degree burns to her thigh and lower back and was referred to the local community
mental health team.

The inquest heard that German-born Mrs Bartlett had
no previous psychiatric problems but her sister had committed suicide six years
ago.

Psychiatrist Graham Walton said he saw Mrs Bartlett three times in
July but said he felt “she didn’t want to engage” with him.

He said he
did not think she seemed suicidal but “she did admit there was endless
drinking”.

Mr Bartlett said his wife underwent a detoxification
programme to try to stop her from drinking and said she felt “ashamed” of her
condition.

“She was petrified that somebody she knew would see her going
in or out,” he added.

In the days leading up to her death she told him,
“I’ll never find another job” and “I’m no good”, the inquest heard.

On

the day she died Mr Bartlett said he noticed she was missing so thought she
might have gone for a walk and he searched her local haunts. He arrived back at
the house at around 1.30pm to find police, fire engines and ambulances outside.

Detective Sergeant Helen Paine of Sussex
Police
told the inquest that officers were satisfied that there were no
suspicious circumstances surrounding Mrs Bartlett’s death.

Summing up,
Dr Karen Henderson, assistant deputy coroner for Brighton and Hove, said the
inquest had found “little evidence that she seriously wished to stop drinking”.

She added: “She was also offered a lot of help from social services, her
GP, and from substance misuse services. It is quite clear she did not wish to
engage with these services.

“The manner of her death is truly terrible
but we have heard evidence that her death would have been mercifully brief and
mercifully painless.”

Recording a verdict of suicide, she added: “I know
that the family did everything they possibly could to help Birgit,” and offered
them her condolences.

Mr Bartlett declined to comment on the hearing.

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ANTIDEPRESSANT: Possible Suicide – Famous Singer Dies in Fall: Malaysia

Second paragraph from the end reads:  “‘It might also
be due to the effects of her medication,he said.
‘She is an optimistic iron lady and couldn’t have taken her own
life’.”

SSRI Stories note: There is a second article following this first
article which states that this beautiful, famous singer had been taking

medication for depression right before her death.

http://news.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNews/Showbiz/Story/A1Story20090908-166298.html

Dead Malaysian singer wanted to quit

BUKIT MERTAJAM,
MALAYSIA: Singer Loh Guik Hong, who was found dead at the foot of a condominium
block in Gurney Drive on Saturday, had planned to retire but put it off
following pleas from her fans.

A close friend of Loh told newsmen
yesterday that the singer was sick of the nightlife after being in the business
for over 10 years.

“One year ago, she had to undergo a knee operation
after consuming slimming pills and began thinking of retiring,” he said
yesterday at Loh’s family home in Kampung Berapit.

“However, her
diehard fans were strongly against it.”

Loh was cremated at the Berapit
Cremato-rium here at about noon yesterday after some 150 relatives and friends
paid their last respects. A Taoist priest conducted the final rites.

The
friend said Loh planned to start her own business. He also said Loh suffered
from insomnia, adding that she had been in depression for three years, but only
sought medical treatment a year ago.

At yesterday’s ceremony, the family
allowed reporters to take pictures but did not speak to them.

Among those
at the funeral was Loh’s godsister, Lim Hui Ting, 26, who lived with Loh at the
Gurney Drive condominium. She was seen holding Loh’s pet dog, Yuki.

Loh,
39, who was fondly known by her fans as Xue Liang (Snow Bright), is believed to
have fallen from the 12th floor of the condominium block at about 7.15am. A
post-mortem showed traces of alcohol in her stomach. Police ruled out foul play
and classified the case as sudden death.

Meanwhile, a relative said Loh
wore an eye mask to sleep, which could have been mistaken for a surgical mask as
reported in newspapers.

He also clarified that Loh was in a sleeping gown
when she fell but the gown had torn, adding that Loh used to stand at the
balcony and smoke. The family believed that she might have slipped and
fell.

“It might also be due to the effects of her medication,” he said.
“She is an optimistic iron lady and couldn’t have taken her own life.”

He
also described her as a filial daughter who visited her parents every week and
never forgot to call her family regularly.


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Paragraph
four reads:  “Loh’s godsister Lim Hui Ting, 26, who lives in the same unit,
said the singer returned home from work at 2am and headed straight to bed
after taking medication for depression.”

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2009/9/6/nation/4662622&sec=nation

Sunday September 6, 2009

Singer falls to her death – in panties and mask

By ANN TAN and M. SIVANANTHA SHARMA

GEORGE TOWN: A
singer was found dead at the foot of a condominium block in Gurney Drive here,
clad only in her panties, her pyjama top, which was lifted, and wearing a
surgical mask.

Loh Guik Hong, 39, who was popularly called Xue Liang
(Snow Bright) by her fans, was believed to have fallen from the 12th floor of
the building at about 7.15am Saturday.

It is learnt that she suffered
from depression and had previously attempted to commit suicide.

Loh’s
godsister Lim Hui Ting, 26, who lives in the same unit, said the singer returned
home from work at 2am and headed straight to bed after taking medication for
depression.

“I knocked on her room at 9am this morning (yesterday) but
there was no answer. When I opened the door I found the room empty,” she said,
adding that she only found out about Loh’s death when she went down to
check.

A post-mortem report showed Loh had serious head and body
injuries.

There were traces of alcohol in her stomach.

Loh, who
works in a coffee shop along Gurney Drive, was said to be good in belting out
Chinese and English songs and has been a singer for 15 years.

People who
knew her said that a group of die-hard fans would come to the coffee shop to
show their support every night.

A person in-charge at the coffee shop
said Loh had performed on Friday night and was supposed to sing again
yesterday.

Deputy state CID chief Supt Nashir Ya said the post-mortem
report said Loh had died from a fall.

“She was in her pyjama top and was
not wearing a bra,” he said, adding that he did not know why she was wearing a
face mask.

“We have ruled out foul play for the moment,” he
said.

Meanwhile, the casket bearing Loh’s body arrived at her family’s
home in Kampung Berapit, Bukit Mertajam at about 5.30pm.

Her father Loh
Chew Seng, 78, was heard telling some neighbours that anak saya sudah
mati
(my daughter had died).

The family members distributed “horse
race” calendars featuring photographs of Loh to reporters at the
scene.

It is learnt that the body will be cremated
tomorrow.

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ANTIDEPRESSANT: Famous Singer Dies: Malaysia

Second paragraph from the end reads:  “‘It might also be due to the effects of her medication,he said.  ‘She is an optimistic iron lady and couldn’t have taken her own life’.”

SSRI Stories note: There is a second article following this first article which states that this beautiful, famous singerhad been taking medication for depression right before her death.

http://news.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNews/Showbiz/Story/A1Story20090908-166298.html

Dead Malaysian singer wanted to quit

BUKIT MERTAJAM, MALAYSIASinger Loh Guik Hong, who was found dead at the foot of a condominium block in Gurney Drive on Saturday, had planned to retire but put it off following pleas from her fans.

A close friend of Loh told newsmen yesterday that the singer was sick of the nightlife after being in the business for over 10 years.

“One year ago, she had to undergo a knee operation after consuming slimming pills and began thinking of retiring,” he said yesterday at Loh’s family home in Kampung Berapit.

“However, her diehard fans were strongly against it.”

Loh was cremated at the Berapit Cremato-rium here at about noon yesterday after some 150 relatives and friends paid their last respects. A Taoist priest conducted the final rites.

The friend said Loh planned to start her own business. He also said Loh suffered from insomnia, adding that she had been in depression for three years, but only sought medical treatment a year ago.

At yesterday’s ceremony, the family allowed reporters to take pictures but did not speak to them.

Among those at the funeral was Loh’s godsister, Lim Hui Ting, 26, who lived with Loh at the Gurney Drive condominium. She was seen holding Loh’s pet dog, Yuki.

Loh, 39, who was fondly known by her fans as Xue Liang (Snow Bright), is believed to have fallen from the 12th floor of the condominium block at about 7.15am. A post-mortem showed traces of alcohol in her stomach. Police ruled out foul play and classified the case as sudden death.

Meanwhile, a relative said Loh wore an eye mask to sleep, which could have been mistaken for a surgical mask as reported in newspapers.

He also clarified that Loh was in a sleeping gown when she fell but the gown had torn, adding that Loh used to stand at the balcony and smoke. The family believed that she might have slipped and fell.

“It might also be due to the effects of her medication,” he said. “She is an optimistic iron lady and couldn’t have taken her own life.”

He also described her as a filial daughter who visited her parents every week and never forgot to call her family regularly.
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Paragraph four reads:  “Loh’s godsister Lim Hui Ting, 26, who lives in the same unit, said the singer returned home from work at 2am and headed straight to bed after taking medication for depression.”

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2009/9/6/nation/4662622&sec=nation

Sunday September 6, 2009

Singer falls to her death – in panties and mask

By ANN TAN and M. SIVANANTHA SHARMA

GEORGE TOWN: A singer was found dead at the foot of a condominium block in Gurney Drive here, clad only in her panties, her pyjama top, which was lifted, and wearing a surgical mask.

Loh Guik Hong, 39, who was popularly called Xue Liang (Snow Bright) by her fans, was believed to have fallen from the 12th floor of the building at about 7.15am Saturday.

It is learnt that she suffered from depression and had previously attempted to commit suicide.

Loh’s godsister Lim Hui Ting, 26, who lives in the same unit, said the singer returned home from work at 2am and headed straight to bed after taking medication for depression.

“I knocked on her room at 9am this morning (yesterday) but there was no answer. When I opened the door I found the room empty,” she said, adding that she only found out about Loh’s death when she went down to check.

A post-mortem report showed Loh had serious head and body injuries.

There were traces of alcohol in her stomach.

Loh, who works in a coffee shop along Gurney Drive, was said to be good in belting out Chinese and English songs and has been a singer for 15 years.

People who knew her said that a group of die-hard fans would come to the coffee shop to show their support every night.

A person in-charge at the coffee shop said Loh had performed on Friday night and was supposed to sing again yesterday.

Deputy state CID chief Supt Nashir Ya said the post-mortem report said Loh had died from a fall.

“She was in her pyjama top and was not wearing a bra,” he said, adding that he did not know why she was wearing a face mask.

“We have ruled out foul play for the moment,” he said.

Meanwhile, the casket bearing Loh’s body arrived at her family’s home in Kampung Berapit, Bukit Mertajam at about 5.30pm.

Her father Loh Chew Seng, 78, was heard telling some neighbours that anak saya sudah mati (my daughter had died).

The family members distributed “horse race” calendars featuring photographs of Loh to reporters at the scene.

It is learnt that the body will be cremated tomorrow.

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EFFEXOR: Death/Possible Suicide: England

Paragraph four reads:  “Post-mortem tests showed the 44-year-old had three times the fatal dose of the anti-depressant venlafaxine [Effexor] in her body.”

Fourth paragraph from the end reads:  “Mr Williams recorded an open verdict.”

Mr Bray said before her death she seemed “happy as a lord”, even though she had been threatened with eviction from her home.

Family and friends said they could not imagine Miss Jeynes taking an overdose to kill herself, although confirmed she had taken overdoses before.

Coroner quizzes boyfriend in overdose inquest

10:17am Friday 7th August 2009

THE boyfriend of a Malvern woman who died of a drug overdose was asked by a coroner if he had pushed the pills down her throat himself.

Elizabeth Jeynes was found in bed by her boyfriend with her eyes “rolling”, an inquest was told.

She was pronounced dead on arrival at Worcestershire Royal Hospital, Worcester, at about 2pm on Thursday, March 26, after ambulance crews had battled to resuscitate her.

Post-mortem tests showed the 44-year-old had three times the fatal dose of the anti-depressant venlafaxine in her body.

Her boyfriend George Bray said he received a call from Miss Jeynes at 1.30am on the day of her death saying that she was bored.

Mr Bray and friend Alan Cooper went to her home in Langland Avenue, Malvern, and took her back to Mr Cooper’s flat where she was put to bed because they believed she was drunk.

Mr Bray said he had not seen the mother-of-three take any pills or alcohol, although he said he could smell drink on her and that she was “stumbling all over the place”.

When Mr Bray got up at 7am, he noticed something was wrong.

“All I could see was just her eyes rolling and that’s when I called the ambulance,” said Mr Bray.

“I tried to talk to her and put a bit of water on her face.”

Mr Bray said before her death she seemed “happy as a lord”, even though she had been threatened with eviction from her home.

Family and friends said they could not imagine Miss Jeynes taking an overdose to kill herself, although confirmed she had taken overdoses before.

Worcestershire coroner Geraint Williams asked Mr Bray: “Did you hold her down and force tablets down her throat? Did you spike her drink with tablets and force it down her secretly?”

Mr Bray answered “no” to both questions.

Mr Williams told family and friends: “You may think this man has murdered Miss Jeynes, that he’s a liar but I can only go on the evidence. I have no evidence to suggest he’s not telling me the truth.”

Mr Cooper was warned he risked facing a criminal charge of perjury after he gave inconsistent answers about how long he had known Miss Jeynes, the time they arrived at her flat and when the ambulance was called.

Mr Williams said Mr Bray was “unconvincing” and that Mr Cooper was “unreliable” and “evasive”.

“I find both of those witnesses to be unsatisfactory and in some regards, dishonest,” he said.

Mr Williams said if Mr Bray had called an ambulance at about 7am and Miss Jeynes was pronounced dead at 2pm, crews must have been working to revive her for four to five hours inside the flat which was “inconceivable”.

But Mr Williams said he was satisfied that Miss Jeynes took the overdose voluntarily and that the postmortem examination showed no physical injuries to suggest she had been held down.

Mr Williams recorded an open verdict.

After the inquest Miss Jeynes’ daughter Katie said: “My mum was a kind person who would help anyone. She can rest in peace now.”

Miss Jeynes’ mother Hannah Passey said: “I lost my son Kenneth Passey more than 20 years ago in a car crash. Now I have lost my daughter.”

Her best friend, Margaret Ives, of Marsh Close, Malvern, said: “That woman had a heart of gold. She was a goodt-hearted lady.”

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