Thanks to Tony DeGirolamo with (who has long trumpted these issues surrounding antidepressant dangers) for bringing this CNN news piece to our attention.

In about 2003 Dr. Sanjay Gupta and I, Ann Blake Tracy, did an interview on the subject of children & antidepressants. After telling me how much he liked the title of my book Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? he then began to ask questions about these drugs. Although I do not think he expected to hear the answers I gave and the hard facts I had about the problems with the hypothesis behind the drugs he did listen with an open mind – the most obvious trait of a real scientist.

After watching the news piece below on the recent tragic shooting of small children in Connecticut you will see that Dr. Gupta has now clearly connected the dots between these SSRI antidepressants and violence – especially with the school shootings.

For CNN to come out with such a strong piece linking antidepressants to violence is a huge breakthrough in my opinion! I appreciate Dr. Gupta for his open mind and willingness to learn something that seems to go so contrary to what the world has been led to believe about the safety of antidepressants. And I also very much appreciate his integrity in bringing this issue to the public because this is most certainly a public safety issue! The safety issue becomes more than obvious when you look at our database of cases (with 66 school shootings posted already & another three to be added) found at

About the Author: Ann Blake Tracy is the author of PROZAC: PANACEA OR PANDORA? –OUR SEROTONIN NIGHTMARE!, and the director of the International Coalition For Drug Awareness []. She has testified before the FDA and has testified as an expert in legal cases involving serotonergic medications since 1992.

BOOK: Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? – Our Serotonin Nightmare! Anything you ever wanted to know about antidepressants is there along with everything drug companies hope you never find out about these drugs. SAFE WITHDRAWAL CD “Help! I Can’t Get Off My Antidepressant!” on how to safely withdraw from antidepressants & most psychiatric medications is saving lives! Both available at


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ANTIDEPRESSANT: Owosso man judged incompetent to stand trial

NOTE FROM Ann Blake-Tracy:

Rosie is exactly right on her remarks on this case. Head injury is
contra-indicated when it comes to antidepressant use. The Wellbutrin package
insert spells it out better than any of the others if you would like to
read up on this aspect of antidepressant adverse reactions.
Also note that there is another case involving a head injury documented in
the comment section. I will send that out as a separate case next.
” A previous article stated that this man was on medication for
depression. Since he suffered a head injury, he should never have been given an
antidepressant since they can exacerbate seizures, head trauma, etc.. Many
experts have said this and testified to this. ”

Rosie wrote on Oct 2, 2009 4:27 PM:

” The sad fact is that the antidepressants probably caused this
terrible violence and these tragic deaths.

The Physicians Desk Reference
states that SSRI antidepressants and all antidepressants can cause mania,
psychosis, abnormal thinking, paranoia, hostility, etc. These side effects can
also appear during withdrawal.

Go to where there are over
3,300 cases, with the full media article available, involving bizarre murders,
suicides, school shootings [48 of these] and murder-suicides – all of which
involve SSRI antidepressants like Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, etc, . The media
article usually tells which SSRI antidepressant the perpetrator was taking or
had been using. ”


Owosso man judged incompetent to stand trial

By MICHAEL PETERSON, Argus-Press Staff Writer
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Saturday, October 3, 2009 9:49 PM EDT

The 33-year-old Owosso man accused of two Sept. 11 murders was found incompetentto stand trial and will be remanded to the State Department of Mental Health for

Sixty-sixth District Court Judge Terrance P. Dignan signed an
order Wednesday afternoon finding Harlan Drake incompetent. However, Dignan, in
his written opinion, said there is a substantial probability Drake will attain
competence with treatment.

Dignan’s decision was based on a report filed
by the Center for Forensic Psychiatry in Ann Arbor, where Drake was

Drake is accused of shooting Jim Pouillon, 63, as the Owosso

resident stood across from Owosso High School with an anti-abortion sign. Drake
also allegedly shot and killed Mike Fuoss, 61, the owner of an Owosso Township
gravel company.

Police say Drake also planned to target area Realtor Jim
Howe, but was arrested before he was able to carry out that portion of the

Robert Ashley, Drake’s attorney, said there were multiple reasons
for the court’s incompetency decision.

Ashley said Drake’s suicide
attempt Sept. 13, while he was in the Shiawassee County Jail, was a factor.
Drake shattered a television in his cell and cut his arm near the wrist with
glass shards.

Also, Ashley said, Drake was involved in a 2004 crash that
resulted in the death of two teenagers after they failed to yield to Drake’s
semi-truck. Drake’s family previously said Drake has battled depression since
the fatal crash and subsequently takes medication because of the

“We have fought all along that Mr. Drake’s mental health was
an issue here and this seems to support that,  Ashley said. “We certainly
want him to get well and now he is in a facility where that can occur – as
opposed to the Shiawassee County Jail, which just wasn’t equipped to handle

Drake will receive treatment at the Center for Forensic
Psychiatry for a maximum of 15 months, according to Ashley. Drake’s preliminary
examination on two counts of first-degree murder, felony firearm and carrying a
dangerous weapon with unlawful intent has been postponed until after Drake
undergoes the treatment and is ruled competent.

I have no reason to

believe that it will take the full 15 months, but I cannot speculate on the
length of time, Ashley said.  I cannot say what the course of treatment
will be. That will be up to the Center for Forensic Psychiatry to determine.

Shiawassee County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Sara Edwards said it is
important to note the Center for Forensic Psychiatry is a secure

Some believe it is like getting out of jail – it is not,
Edwards said.  Although he is not incarcerated in a jail, he is still in
custody. It’s not a type of place were he gets freedom or gets to go on field

Edwards added the Prosecutor’s Office still plans to move
forward with the case after Drake’s treatment is complete.

it is our hope that he would become competent through treatment,  Edwards

– Contact Michael Peterson at 725-5136 extension 223 or Post comments about this story online at

Comment on this Story

Rosieceewrote on Oct 3, 2009 2:20 PM:
” A previous article stated that this man
was on medication for depression. Since he suffered a head injury, he should
never have been given an antidepressant since they can exacerbate seizures, head
trauma, etc.. Many experts have said this and testified to this. ”

Rosiecee wrote on Oct 2, 2009 4:27 PM:

The sad fact is that the antidepressants probably caused this terrible violence
and these tragic deaths.

The Physicians Desk Reference states that SSRI
antidepressants and all antidepressants can cause mania, psychosis, abnormal
thinking, paranoia, hostility, etc. These side effects can also appear during

Go to where there are over
3,300 cases, with the full media article available, involving bizarre murders,
suicides, school shootings [48 of these] and murder-suicides – all of which
involve SSRI antidepressants like Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, etc, . The media
article usually tells which SSRI antidepressant the perpetrator was taking or
had been using. ”

JD wrote on Oct 2, 2009 3:11 PM:

Antidepressents don’t affect everyone the same way. Just cause they might work
for you doesn’t mean they work for everyone. That’s also why there is more than
one type of antidepressant–cause they don’t all work the same. Let the man get
better so he is “in his right mind” when he is tried. It does no good to punish
someone if they really don’t why they’re being punished. ”

adam conley wrote on Oct 2, 2009 11:38 AM:

automatically your guilty in civil servants eyes. they could care less if a
person has mental problems. but if it was a civil servant that commits a crime
they are automatically innocent of the crime. look how colbrys crimes where
handled from the beginning. wasn’t handcuffed didn’t go to jail didn’t get fired
for drinking on the job. do you really think you would get a 200 dollar bond for
drunk driving hit and run fleeing eluding police. i dont think so. ”

wrote on Oct 2, 2009 9:48 AM:

Does anyone know what kind of medication he was on? Not that it is an excuse for
what he did, just curious. ”

S. Lake wrote on Oct 2, 2009 7:25 AM:
” Mr.Drake isn’t competent enough to go to trial at this time, but, he was
competent enough at the time to purchase many rounds of ammunition and a number
of firearms! He was competent enough to drive a vehicle and drop off a relative
at the High School, but, didn’t know what he was doing when he fired one of the
guns that he was competent enough to buy! He was competent enough to drive that
same vehicle and go to the gravel pit and again use a gun that he was competent
enough to purchase.
I’m sure many of the citizens in Owosso are glad not to

see the “sign-man” anymore. But, should you forget, he was MURDERED IN COLD
BLOOD. Mr.Fuoss was also MURDERED IN COLD BLOOD. They have family members that
MISS them. There are laws somewhere to protect the victims. I believe that there
is a law regarding felons and mentally ill person from purchasing firearms.
Maybe that should be checked out! Hopefully the system will seek them and use
them. By the way, does Mr.Drake get visition with his family and friends? Jim
and Mike do, just at a very different place. Don’t let the “system” sweep this
under the rug. By the way, I didn’t realize that individual cells had TV’s. I
thought that there was a central area provided outside of individual cells for
that. (just wondering) ”

holman wrote on Oct 2, 2009 6:16
” II was in the Oakland County Jail these past 4 months. My bunkee is in
jail for destroying his home with a hammer. This frightened his poor wife who
arrived home during his rampage. Though his wife was not verbally or physically
threatened or harmed, my bunkee was charged with Felony Assault.

bunkee was on meds for depression as a result of a motorcycle accident. His meds
were the reason he went on his rampage. The doctor prescribed something he
should not have been taking, this contributed to his mental state.

It is
possible that Harlan Drake’s situation is similar. It is reported that in 2004
Drake was in a severe motor vehicle accident, and has not been the same since.
Perhaps prescribed drugs contributed to his homicidal rampage.

one thing is very strange; my bunkee had to wait 4 months to get into the Ann
Arbor forensic lab, and he still has not received word from the court regarding
the lab’s prognosis. Harlan Drake seems to get preferential treatment and a
clement court decision within weeks of his shooting rampage.

This is all
too typical of pro-abortion violence against pro-lifers.

When pro-lifers
are attacked at the death camps, and we call for the police, and guess who gets
arrested? Usually nothing happens to the person committing the assault. Others
could say much more. I have heard many, many stories besides my own

I am presently in custody in Michigan as a result of road
rage. I was driving a vehicle which displays the same aborted babies Jim
Poullion was displaying not 40 miles from where Jim was shot and killed by
Harlan Drake.

I am accused of the road rage the other person was doing
(I have nothing against bland mini-vans).

I am presently tempted to

plead to a misdemeanor just to get this ordeal over with. My chances of getting
a fair minded jury in this country are very slim. Most people believe that in
any altercation, people who display aborted baby pictures are at fault. They
believe we are deliberately provoking people to fight us. I am sure that is in
the back of most people’s minds when it comes to the shooting death of Jim
Poullion. Though unsaid, they believe he got what he deserved.

provoking a fight is not the reason we display the pictures. We display the
brutality of abortion because we want baby-killing to end. We want people to see
and to understand how outrageous it is for a mother to kill her child.
Displaying the pictures saves lives and stirs up repentance. It also brings
about outrage to the unrepentant. Baby-murder is permitted, protected, and
promoted in our nation for 37 years with no end in sight. Displaying the carnage
is the most direct and powerful means we have to combat it’s acceptance.

Those who kill their children have few inhibitions about inflicting harm
on strangers. There is but a thin layer of civility which prevents many from
doing so. Drugs can strip away that thin layer. But even those considered sane,
empowered as of a pastor, judge, juror, prosecutor, politician, or voter
participate in the homicides of 4000 innocent Americans per day.

shall those who protect the unborn get fair treatment from those who participate
in their killings? It will not happen this side of glory. ”

JH wrote on Oct 2, 2009 2:43 AM:

Good for him, I know a thing or two about the local mental health care and let
me just say it’s “lacking”. If he needs help I hope he gets it. ”

Ashamedoflaw wrote on Oct 1, 2009 11:07 PM:

Why not do the decent thing, and put him out of his misery. Give him the needle
and end it now!!! Too bad he didin’t cut himself deep enough to end it in jail,
Shame on the jailers for for saving his life. Now we have to pay for him to rot
in jail the rest of our natural lives ”

4pets wrote on Oct 1, 2009 9:39 PM:

” OMG. I cannot believe how “blind” some people are! This murderer is not
sane- no murderer is sane! This does not mean that I think he should not be
tried for the murders he committed. He should be punished to the full extent of
the law!I am so sick of “criminals” blaming their frickin “depression” or their
“anti-depressant” medication for their crimes! I am depressed and have taken
these types of medications and I did not kill anyone! Perhaps the lawmakers
should consider a persons “mental” health before allowing them a gun permit!!!!

Interesting wrote on Oct
1, 2009 4:29 PM:
” You know this is unbelieveable to say the least. I work
in the County, a man had called on Wed. before the murders and requested Howe’s
address, he did plan these murders, he did know what he was doing. I am sure he
is depressed because he went on the rant rage and was going to be in prison for
the rest of his life!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! He is never get was is
do———him!!!!!!!!! ”

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ANTIDEPRESSANT: Mother of Columbine killer tells of horror 10 yrs after massacre

Michael Moore obtained a copy of Ann Blake-Tracy’s book at the premiere of his movie Bowling for Columbine. Now listen to his bold statement about what really did cause Columbine.



Mark Taylors Site.
NOTE FROM Ann Blake-Tracy: Michael Moore, after reviewing all
the data on Columbine in making his movie, Bowling for Columbine, made his
message clear in the new movie The Drugging of Our Children about what he NOW
believes caused Columbine. Click on his picture to view his video
statement at

In all of these articles out yesterday in the news covering the story by
Dylan’s mother there is STILL no mention of any medication use on Dylan’s part.
Yet we have a friend of Dylan’s who came forward claiming to have been helping
him withdraw from both Zoloft and Paxil.
But the coroner claims they found nothing in his system (I could go into
why that report is suspect but will save that for another time).
IF there really was nothing in his system, was Dylan in withdrawal from his
SSRIs at that point? We know that withdrawal can produce that same extreme out
of character violence since the REM Sleep Behavior Disorder (RBD) is more
prevalent in the withdrawal from these drugs than while on them. And yet of
those being diagnosed with RBD a staggering 86% were taking an antidepressant!
(To learn more about RBD read my FDA testimony on comedian Phil Hartman and is
wife’s Zoloft-induced murder/suicide – a classic case of RBD also found posted
And if Dylan had been taking antidepressants were they prescribed to
Dylan? If not, where was he getting them? (Let us point out that anyone can
obtain these drugs easily. They have been sold in the streets since the early
90’s to be used recreationally and samples can be found ANYWHERE. Someone just
let me know that they found a bottle of Effexor in a shoe at a second
hand store!) Was a friend sharing their prescription? It happens regularly
from reports I get from kids. Were either of his parents taking one that he was
using for himself?
Years ago I was called in on a case of a 19 year old who was staying with a
married couple where the wife had been prescribed Zoloft and did not like how it
made her feel. She stopped taking it and placed in on top of the fridge. So when
the young man started feeling a little down he remembered the pills were for
depression and were suppose to help you feel better. So he took a couple, waited
a couple of hours and took more because he still was not feeling any better.
Then again took more a little later expecting to feel better right away. After

about five pills he recalls nothing about stabbing a man over 100 times with a

of Columbine killer tells of horror 10 years after massacre

•Susan Klebold says she is haunted by school killings
•’I cannot look at a child without thinking about it’

Columbine High School student Dylan Klebold

Klebold pictured in the 1999 Columbine High School yearbook. Photograph:
Reuters/© Ho New

mother of one of the two teenagers who murdered a dozen fellow students and a
teacher in the massacre at Columbine high school has broken a decade of

silence to say that she is unable to look at another child without thinking
about the horror and suffering her son caused.

Klebold, whose son Dylan and another youth, Eric Harris, hunted down pupils at
the Colorado school with shotguns, a semi-automatic pistol and a rifle before
killing themselves, has described her trauma over her son’s actions.

the rest of my life, I will be haunted by the horror and anguish Dylan caused,”
she wrote in O, The Oprah Magazine. “I cannot look at a child in a grocery
store or on the street without thinking about how my son’s schoolmates spent the
last moments of their lives. Dylan changed everything I believed about myself,
about God, about family and about love.”

the Klebold nor Harris families has spoken about the massacre, in which 21
students were also wounded.

recounts how the last word she heard from her son was a gruff goodbye as he
rushed out of the door early on the morning of the killings in April 1999.

was getting dressed for work when I heard Dylan bound down the stairs and open
the front door … I poked my head out of the bedroom. ‘Dyl?’ All he said was
‘Bye.’ … His voice had sounded sharp. I figured he was mad because he’d had
to get up early to give someone a lift to class. I had no idea that I had just
heard his voice for the last time,” she said.

Klebold was headed to make a final video with Harris to say goodbye and
apologise to their families before they drove to the school to plant bombs,
which failed to detonate, and to carry through their plan to kill their fellow

the killings, the authorities said there were indications that the two youths
were disturbed and hints of the looming catastrophe. Harris’s blog included
instructions on how to make explosives and, later, angry denunciations of
society that attracted the attention of the police after Harris posted a death
threat against another student. Closer to the massacre, Harris listed his
stockpile of weapons and posted a hit list. Klebold was less overt but with
Harris made secret videos of their weapons and wrote in his diary of a desire to
plan an attack that would match the bombing in Oklahoma City by rightwing
militiamen that killed 168 people.

writes that she had no idea that Dylan was contemplating killing himself or
anyone else. “From the writings Dylan left behind, criminal psychologists have
concluded that he was depressed and suicidal. I’d had no inkling of the battle
Dylan was waging in his mind,” she wrote.

participation in the massacre was impossible for me to accept until I began to
connect it to his own death. Once I saw his journals, it was clear to me that
Dylan entered the school with the intention of dying there. In order to
understand what he might have been thinking, I started to learn all I could
about suicide.”

years after the killings, the FBI said they believe that Harris was a clinical
psychopath who masterminded the plan and Klebold depressive.

massacre continues to generate debate about the motives of the two youths and
whether anything could have been done to stop them. The magazine said that Susan
Klebold was not paid for the article and will not be making an appearance on
Oprah Winfrey’s television

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4/28/2001 – A Prescription for Violence? (School Shootings)

Kelly O’Meara of Insight Magazine has once again given us another incredible
article on this issue of drug-induced violence leading to the school

… James E. Copple, vice president of the National Crime Prevention
Council and former principal and superintendent of schools in Wichita, Kan.
says: I tend to lean on the side of doing everything possible to protect the
student’s right to privacy, he says, but when they commit an act of violence
all the factors involved in the crime including medications need to be
known by that community.

… Ronald Stephens, executive director of the National School Safety
Center says: Its the thought that if youre going to put Charlie Manson in my
class I have a right to know that. . . We have kids so medicated its
incredible. I dont see parents asking the question about the numbers of
children on psychotropic drugs as being all that invasive. The public would
be shocked at the number of file drawers of prescription drugs that teachers
are asked to dispense. . . . it would be a great study for someone to go back
and see how many of the kids who committed these violent acts were on these

I certainly do agree with Mr. Stephens when he says that it would be a great
study to go back and find out how many of these children were on medications
at the time of the shooting. I agree because that is what I have been doing
for the last decade. This type of disclosure is what I have been pleading for
with every new school shooting.

Sounds easy enough, doesn’t it? But discovering which medications these
children were on, has been FAR FROM easy! It involves a lot of detective
work. The question must be asked over and over and over again. First it makes
a big difference if the shooter survived or committed suicide. That
determines whether you have a good defense attorney to work with. Then you
must contact everyone involved – everyone who knew them – in order to find
the information about medication. It can take a very long time to track
everyone down and find the answer.

I must commend Bill Trainor for coming forward publicly with the information
about the medications Jason was on at the time of the shooting. When we have
had two school shootings within weeks of one another with both shooters on an
SSRI antidepressant, the public has the right to know! Yet here we are at the
two year anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting still waiting to
learn what Dylan Kleebold was on that day. That information has never yet
been released to the public. WHY has that been kept from us?!!! I have a
pretty good idea, but it will be good to have the truth come out via the
lawsuit that is about to be filed against the makers of Luvox and the one
that has been filed against Eric Harris’ doctors.

Had it not been for the attorneys in the latest school shootings agreeing to
go public with the information on the drugs involved in these shootings, we
would still be waiting for answers and more children would die. It has been
an honor to work with these men of integrity.

Ann Blake-Tracy, Executive Director,
International Coalition for Drug Awareness and author of
Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? ()

A Prescription for Violence?

By Kelly Patricia OMeara

The recent wave of school-shooting incidents has some concerned parents
demanding that the medical records of students taking psychotropic drugs be
made public.

In the last 10 shooting incidents at schools, a total of 105 students,
teachers and administrators were killed or wounded. Beginning in March 1998
with the shooting at Westside Middle School in Jonesboro, Ark., and ending
with the March 22, 2001, shootings at Granite Hills High School in El Cajon,
Calif., six of the 12 juvenile shooters are reported to have been on
prescribed mind-altering drugs.

San Diego Deputy Public Defender William Trainor announced last week
that his client, 18-year-old Jason Hoffman, who is charged with the shooting
of five students and teachers at Granite Hills High School, had been
prescribed the antidepressants Celexa and Effexor. Whether Trainor intends to
use this medical information as part of his clients defense is unclear,
though he said that the drugs [Hoffman] was prescribed may help explain his
actions. He adds that research indicates that the drugs that were prescribed
are extremely powerful antidepressants with the most dangerous side effects.

According to Loren Mosher, professor of psychiatry at the University of
California at San Diego, Celexa and Effexor are selective serotonin reuptake
inhibitors [SSRIs] in a class with Prozac, Paxil and Luvox the same drug
prescribed to Columbine shooter Eric Harris.

It appears Trainor believes there is a correlation between the drugs
and the shootings. Although he could not provide specific information about
his client, he tells Insight that this is a hot-button issue and there are
many people who dont want to look at the connection. If you say those drugs
may be involved, says Trainor, youll be labeled a kook. But with the history
of these drugs there is a huge unpredictability factor. When someone goes off
while on these drugs it should raise some eyebrows in the community. Im
starting to wonder when the public has the right to this information. What is
the balance of rights? Its his medical rec-ords versus the public right to be
safe. Which one has the trump card? It is a legitimate question.

Although Trainor is not the only public official to consider the
possibility that widely prescribed mind-altering drugs may play a role in
much-publicized school violence, he is among the few to make public the issue
of medical records generally being protected and put off-limits. The privacy
of medical records, including mental-health information, is protected by law.
The information about the prescription-drug history of an accused perpetrator
is only made public when the information is released by the family, school
officials, friends and, sometimes, law-enforcement officers and attorneys.

And, of course, such information seems to be of interest to the public
only in the wave of concern after a violent event, making it difficult even
to consider whether prescribed psychotropic drugs are a chronic cause of
otherwise senseless violence.

In fact, so little information has been made public about these
mind-altering drugs and their connection to shootings and other school
violence that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) isnt even looking at the
possibility. When asked about a communitys right to know if an alleged
shooter has been prescribed a psychotropic drug, Reagan Dunn, a spokesman for
the DOJ, tells Insight: There are two issues that youve raised
medical-record privacy and criminal records of juveniles. These records are
sealed by statute in all states. It [the connection between psychotropic
drugs and school shooters] isnt an issue were looking at there are other
priorities were focusing on, such as school-resource officers [safety
officers] and other programs to reduce school violence.

But two other federal law-enforcement agencies, the FBI and the
U.S. Secret Service, appear to be concerned about the increasing number of
school shootings and have invested a great deal of time and effort to look
into the possible reasons for them. The FBI published a report last year
called The School Shooter: A Threat Assessment Perspective. The 41-page
report was the result of a joint effort by the National Center for the
Analysis of Violent Crime (NCAVC) and teachers, school administrators and
law-enforcement officers involved in investigating each of the school
shootings. They were assisted by experts in adolescent violence, mental
health, suicidology and school dynamics. Eighteen school-shooting cases were
reviewed for the report.

Although topics such as family relationships, school dynamics, social
problems, personality traits and behavior, threat management in schools and
the role of law enforcement are discussed, there is no mention in the report
of increased prescription-drug use by juveniles.

Dewey Carroll of the Clinical and Forensic Psychology Department at
the University of Virginia participated in a threat-assessment conference
last year during which he was asked if, based on the correlation between
psychotropic drugs and the school shooters, this information should be made
public. Carroll argued that there was no correlation. Six out of 12 [school
shooters] being on psychotropic drugs is not a correlation, it is an
observation, he said.

A correlation, explained Carroll, would be taking a sample of children
on medication and those not on medication and then making the comparison.
There are a lot of kids who take these medications who do not commit
violence. If you want to look at people that have risk factors, you have to
do scientific studies.

Few professionals who are familiar with the data would argue with that
criticism, but one may question how such a study can be conducted, as
suggested by Carroll, if the information about whether a student is on
prescribed mind-altering drugs is regarded as a state secret. And, even when
such information is made available for study, it appears that little use is
made of it.

Take, for instance, the Secret Service, which in collaboration with the
U.S. Department of Education and the National Institute of Justice last year
produced a report on how to prevent school violence. The Interim Report on
the Prevention of Targeted Violence in Schools was made public in October
2000, involving systematic analysis of investigative, judicial, educational
and other files and interviews with 10 school shooters.

Although researchers reviewed primary-source materials such as
investigative, school, court and mental-health records and conducted
supplemental interviews with 10 of the attackers, no mention was made in the
report about prescription medications of the kind that Insight has collected.
Nor did the Secret Service respond to Insights questions about why that issue
was not addressed at the conference or made part of the report.

Despite the fact that two federal law-enforcement agencies had the
opportunity to view the personal files of many of the school shooters,
important medical data gleaned from those files apparently was ignored. This
has caused many interested in this issue to wonder, like San Diegos public
defender, when the public has the right to know such information.

Not surprisingly, while every professional interviewed for this article
expressed concern about the privacy rights of children, there also was
concern about the use of mind-altering prescription drugs. Most are beginning
to wonder at what point communities into which disturbed children are sent
while on psychotropic drugs should be alerted to a potential problem.

JoAnne McDaniels, acting director for the Center for the Prevention of
School Violence, an organization focusing on keeping schools safe and secure,
tells Insight, There is concern on the part of some in the education
community that we are overmedicating our youngsters that it is easier to
drug them into appropriate behavior.

It is important to recognize that the schools today have children that
are being medicated in ways that children were not years ago. We shouldnt be
too quick to isolate psychotropic drugs as a causal factor, but it is an
important factor in trying to understand what is taking place. In a general
sense, in a school population, parents should be able to see this
information, McDaniels says. If a parent moves to a community and wants to
know the numbers of children who are on these drugs, making such numbers
available would not necessarily violate confidentiality of children. I think
as long as the information is not individualized it should be information a
principal is comfortable providing. It may force the principal to explain how
the school handles the entire violence issue and the use of medication to
control behavior in the school. Its reasonable for a school to share that
information and a parent to ask for it. Its part of the school community and
part of the schools fabric.

The message, concludes McDaniels, is that we need to develop
youngsters without stimulants and other foreign substances. Too often we are
opting for a way of treatment that is a lot easier to implement than sitting
down and working out the problems. This is a public-health issue and it seems
reasonable to look at it.

James E. Copple is vice president of the National Crime Prevention
Council, a nonprofit organization that focuses on creating safer communities
by addressing the causes of crime and violence and reducing the opportunities
for crime to occur. He is a former principal and superintendent of schools in
Wichita, Kan., and sees the merits of both sides of the issue. I tend to lean
on the side of doing everything possible to protect the students right to
privacy, he says, but when they commit an act of violence all the factors
involved in the crime including medications need to be known by that

As Copple sees it, Communities need to know if large numbers of
children are on psychotropic medications. It is increasingly being talked
about by educators, and it has put schools in the position of creating mini
health clinics for drug management on top of having to teach the children and
all the other responsibilities. Why all of a sudden do we have to be a
pharmacy? Principals are forced to choose between hiring another much-needed
teacher or another nurse to dispense drugs.

The executive director of the National School Safety Center, Ronald
Stephens, isnt convinced that releasing information about the number of
students being prescribed mind-altering drugs necessarily is a violation of a
childs rights. Its legal and its become common practice to search lockers
whenever the student is involved in an incident, and there are some states
now mandating that teachers be given information about the reasons behind a
student who is returned to school on probation. Its the thought that if youre
going to put Charlie Manson in my class I have a right to know that.

According to Stephens, We tend to get what we measure. But if we dont
ask were not going to get real answers. We have kids so medicated its
incredible. I dont see parents asking the question about the numbers of
children on psychotropic drugs as being all that invasive. The public would
be shocked at the number of file drawers of prescription drugs that teachers
are asked to dispense. Stephens says he thinks it would be a great study for
someone to go back and see how many of the kids who committed these violent
acts were on these drugs. The community should know who is taking them, and I
think teachers will want to know which kids are on these drugs. Knowing what
I know about school violence, I would support having that information shared.
Of course, there will be a huge outcry that someones rights are being
violated, but at what point do they lose those rights?

That is of course the question, and with 6 million to 8 million
children already taking Ritalin, and unknown millions being prescribed the
much stronger mind-altering SSRIs, many are starting to ask it.

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4/18/2001 – Paxil Is Approved for Anxiety Disorder?!

Incredible! The FDA continues to undermine the health and safety of America
with this latest approval – as if doctors had ever noticed that Paxil was NOT
approved for anxiety before this. They have been handing it out like candy
for any and everything they can think of for years.

What is so disconcerting about this is that anxiety can be caused by two
disorders in particular – low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) or seizure activity.
Paxil can trigger both hypoglycemia and seizures. So, if a doctor does not
check to see if the patient is suffering from either of those disorders (and
that is hard to do in the three minutes it has been reported that it usually
takes for a doctor to recommend one of these SSRIs), the Paxil could throw
the patient into serious blood sugar problems or seizures.

Did the FDA consider any of that information before this approval?
Considering the number of drugs pulled from the market in the last few years,
chances are slim that they did.

So now many more ethical doctors who were not handing out Paxil for anxiety
before will feel that with the FDA’s approval they can do so without worry.
No one has warned them that the patient will be lucky to live through the
horrific withdrawal though. As Dr. Nancy Snyderman pointed out in the 20/20
special last August, it may take patients up to a year to get off this drug
safely. (Something I have been saying for years.)

Once again we have the FDA to thank. Isn’t it long past time for them to be
sued for the lives being lost to their incompetence? I guess I just see too
many families wiped out in murder/suicides and too many mothers killing their
children and too many school shootings and workplace violence incidences
induced by Paxil to be patient any longer about this.

Ann Blake-Tracy, Executive Director,
International Coalition For Drug Awareness

April 17, 2001

Paxil Is Approved for Anxiety Disorder


WASHINGTON, April 16 (Bloomberg News) — Glaxo- SmithKline P.L.C. has won the
Food and Drug Administration’s approval to market its antidepressant Paxil
for treating general anxiety disorder, a new use for the drug.

That makes Paxil the first drug in its class to be approved for the
condition, which affects about 10 million Americans and involves excessive,
often debilitating worrying, the company said today.

“Generalized anxiety disorder can paralyze sufferers with uncontrollable
worry, devastating people’s lives,” said Jack Gorman, a professor in the
department of psychiatry at Columbia University. “Paxil provides a new
alternative to help sufferers regain control over their lives.”

Paxil is already approved for treating depression, obsessive- compulsive
disorder, social phobia and panic disorder. With sales of $2.4 billion, Paxil
was the world’s seventh top-selling drug in 2000, according to figures
compiled by the prescription drug tracker IMS Health Inc.

New indications are important to the company’s efforts to defend Paxil, which
belongs to same class as Eli Lilly’s Prozac, against generic competitors.

In a different class of medicines, two antidepressants, Effexor from American
Home Products and Buspar from Bristol-Myers Squibb, are also approved to
treat general anxiety disorder.

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