Suicidal Florida Father Kills Two Children & Self in House Fire

Kaeden, Kailani
              Kaeden Vasquez, 13                                    Kailani Vasquez 10
 
 
Antidepressants?! Stop Smoking Meds?! Sleeping Meds?! Tamiflu?! & even Miralax sold over the counter for constipation?! have all been reported to produce such deadly reactions…
 
This Florida father sent a suicidal note then…According to a GoFundMe campaign set up to help pay for funeral expenses, the children’s father “was not in his right state of mind and took their life and his. We are still in shock and unable to comprehend why this happened.”
 
Most patients who become suicidal on these drugs remain completely unaware that when they attempt to overdose using the medication they could suffer psychiatric reactions of suicidality, hostility or psychosis where they can hurt those who mean the most to them BEFORE they drop dead from the physically toxic effects of the medication which they thought would just cause them to drop dead. They are also not aware that their serotonergic medication could cause them to go into the REM Sleep Disorder where they will act out nightmares in a sleepwalk state which has long been known to produce both murder & suicide.

PLEASE GO TO OUR MAIN WEBSITE AT www.drugawareness.org TO BECOME BETTER INFORMED ABOUT THESE DRUGS & THEIR DEADLY POTENTIAL REACTIONS IN ORDER TO KNOW HOW TO AVOID THEM. MOST IMPORTANT OF ALL IS TO NEVER EVER ABRUPTLY CHANGE YOUR DOSE!!!

TO SEE THE LONG LIST OF DEADLY POTENTIAL REACTIONS SEE OUR DATABASE OF 1000’s OF PREVIOUSLY DOCUMENTED CASES HERE: www.SSRIstories.net

Ann Blake-Tracy, Executive Director, International Coalition for Drug Awareness, & Expert Court Witness in Antidepressant Cases Since 1992, Author of Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? Our Serotonin Nightmare!

Email: Ann@drugawareness.org

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Raise Awareness In Your Home Area By Sharing This

WAKE UP YOUR LOCAL AREA TO KEEP YOUR LOVED ONES SAFE
What you can do to help wake up others to this antidepressant nightmare by sharing with your local neighborhood watch groups, police & fire departments, domestic violence groups, apartment managers, etc., to keep your local areas safe. I have been trying to decide where to go to live & have not been able to find anywhere safe because of these deadly drugs. Besides creating our own drug-free community, the only choice we have is to clean up our own by educating our friends, family & neighbors.
So please share the following everywhere you can. With email, it is only a copy, paste & click away. For the sake of our children & grandchildren, who will be left to deal with an even worse nightmare as it progresses, PLEASE SHARE!
Ann Blake-Tracy, Executive Director,
International Coalition for Drug Awareness
www.drugawareness.org & www. SSRIstories.net
Author: Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? OUR serotonin Nightmare!
Withdrawal Audio: Help! I Can’t Get Off My Antidepressant!
LETTER OR EMAIL TO SHARE WITH LOCAL & STATE AUTHORITIES
Dear ________________,
I am concerned about the increasingly bizarre & out of character violence in our neighborhoods & our society when I see the following documentation leading right back to some of the most commonly prescribed medications today! These are in fact the drugs which are being most commonly prescribed to those who are being dangerously dropped far too rapidly off opioids as a means to “cope” with their rapid withdrawals!
My fear is that too many individuals remain unaware that heroin, cocaine, amphetamines, steroids, Ecstacy, opioids, & one of the most violence producing drugs in history, PCP (Angel Dust) all had their beginnings as “safe & effective” prescription drugs & were commonly prescribed by doctors. And even in some of the most health conscious communities LSD was given without concern to pregnant women by their totally uninformed OBGYNs! To this day we remain unaware of those effects upon those offspring exposed to LSD while their bodies & brains were forming! And the same holds true for these drugs now.
#1 Antidepressants, many sleep medications, & stop smoking medications are designed to increase serotonin. Yet Serotonin is what LSD & PCP increase which is the means by which  hallucinations/psychosis is produced by those drugs! Increasing serotonin is also known to produce extreme out of character violence as this research below demonstrates:
#2 Here is a database of thousands of cases of violence in normal everyday people (your neighbor?) produced by these drugs … many cases which you will recognize: www.SSRIstories.net
#3 The overwhelming majority of school shooters were on or had just stopped taking antidepressants which increase serotonin…
Database of shootings & documentation of antidepressant use:
#4 Amazing insight into deadly medication-induced & rapid medication withdrawal induced REM Sleep Disorder by the only school shooter to ever speak out. A short 10 minute video clip to show you what can happen to a 16 year old, very well behaved farm boy, never in trouble before, whose only fault was shyness for which he was given these drugs. This led to him suffering a REM Sleep Disorder RBD (86% being diagnosed with RBD are taking antidepressants) where you act out nightmares in a dream state & long known to include both murder & suicide – the perfect formula for out of character violence: Why I took a gun to school?
WARNING: These drugs have severe withdrawal which must be avoided by a VERY, VERY GRADUAL withdrawal generally taking months to years to safely avoid RBD
This is only a quick overview of this problem. Any additional information can be found at www.drugawareness.org
Thank you,
_______________________________
Concerned Citizen

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CHATTANOOGA SHOOTER: ON ANTIDEPRESSANTS, SLEEPING PILLS, MUSCLE RELAXANTS

chattanooga shooter

CHATTANOOGA SHOOTER, Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez, 24

Thanks to our Washington state director Jay Baadsgaard for this information from the Wall Street Journal and thanks to everyone else for sending all the other clues. As if anyone should be surprised to find these drugs at this point…..

5th paragraph reads:
“Mr. Abdulazeez, who was killed Thursday by police after they said he had opened fire at two military facilities, suffered from depression for years, his family said in a statement. He had been on and off various medications, including antidepressants and sleeping pills, a family representative said. At the time of the shooting he was taking muscle relaxants for back pain resulting from his martial-arts training, the friend said.”

ORIGINAL ARTICLE: http://www.wsj.com/articles/chattanooga-shooting-suspect-showed-signs-of-trouble-1437358662

MORE: http://bigstory.ap.org/5ac30c5756ca4dcc89689642ee0d7339&utm_source=android_app&utm_medium=mail&utm_campaign=share

 

ON AND OFF ANTIDEPRESSANTS FOR YEARS

http://video.foxnews.com/v/4363670699001/writings-from-chattanooga-gunman-reveal-disturbing-picture/?intcmp=latestnews#sp=show-clips

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2015/07/20/chattanooga-gunman-troubling-spiral-fueled-by-drugs-booze-and-jihad/?intcmp=latestnews

TERRORISM IN THIS CASE? THE FIRST BOY SHOT AT COLUMBINE TELLS THE FDA WHERE TO FIND TERRORISTS!

http://www.drugawareness.org/mark-taylors-testimony-before-the-fda-9132004/

EXCESS SEROTONIN PRODUCES VIOLENCE

For decades I have worked to explain that the hypothesis behind antidepressants is backwards – serotonin is NOT low in depression, it is elevated instead. The research is very clear on that if anyone would bother to read it. I have 21 pages of references to that research in small print to it back up. Impairing ones’ ability to metabolize serotonin, as antidepressants are designed to do, causes massive problems which you can listent to me detail to the FDA in 2004 before the Black Box Warning for suicide was added to ALL antidepressant medications ever approved by the FDA and any they might approve in the future:

http://www.drugawareness.org/dr-ann-blake-tracys-september-13-2004-to-the-fda/

Some of the research that makes it more clear than most is that done at the University of Southern California by Dr. Jean Chen Shih on mutant mice born lacking the MAO enzyme which metabolizes serotonin:

http://www.drugawareness.org/mutant-mice-key-to-human-violence-an-excess-serotonin/

Ann Blake Tracy, Executive Director,

International Coalition for Drug Awareness

drugawareness.org & ssristories.NET
Author: ”Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? – Our Serotonin Nightmare – The Complete Truth of the Full Impact of Antidepressants Upon Us & Our World” & Withdrawal CD “Help! I Can’t Get Off My Antidepressant!”

WITHDRAWAL WARNING: In sharing this information about adverse reactions to antidepressants I always recommend that you also give reference to my CD on safe withdrawal, Help! I Can’t Get Off My Antidepressant!, so that we do not have more people dropping off these drugs too quickly – a move which I have warned from the beginning can be even more dangerous than staying on the drugs!

WITHDRAWAL HELP: You can find the hour and a half long CD on safe and effective withdrawal helps here: http://store.drugawareness.org/ And if you need additional consultations with Ann Blake-Tracy, you can book one at www.drugawareness.org or sign up for one of the memberships in the International Coalition for Drug Awareness which includes free consultations as one of the benefits of that particular membership plan. For only a $30 membership for one month you can even get 30 days of access to the withdrawal CD with tips on rebuilding after the meds, all six of my DVDs, hundreds of radio interviews, lectures, TV interviews I have done over the years PLUS access to my book on antidepressants (500 plus pages) with more information than you will find anywhere else (that is only $5 more than the book alone would cost) atwww.drugawareness.org. (Definitely the best option to save outrageous postage charges for those out of the country!)

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70 MILLION Americans are on Mind-Altering Prescription Drugs

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AMERICA’S PRESCRIPTION DRUG ADDICTION

CDC: NOW FASTEST GROWING DRUG PROBLEM

BREAKING NEWS FROM TODAY’S LONDON DAILY MAIL

…. Experts have warned legal substances caused more overdose deaths than heroine and cocaine combined during the past decade, according to the U.S. report.

…. In 2010 more than 250 million prescriptions for antidepressants were written for Americans.

…. 70 MILLION Americans are on mind-altering drugs: shock statistic which shows full extent of use of illegal and legal narcotics

…. One in Five adults take prescription psychiatric drugs

…. CDC: “Prescription drug abuse is the fastest growing drug problem in the United States.’

…. 27,000 unintentional drug overdose deaths occurred in the United States

…. 10 per cent of high school pupils are prescribed drugs for ADHD

…. Anti-depressants have been linked to a series of school shootings

(You can see that data posted here: http://www.drugawareness.org/ssri-nightmares/school-shootings/)

My Posted Comment to This Article

“For 25 years I have been screaming this warning of the prescription drug train wreck heading straight for America, but then extending worldwide. Most did not want to hear it. If mainstream media wanted to keep their advertising dollars – one of their main sources of revenue – they knew they had to keep quiet about it or even downplay what was happening before our eyes. So I documented school & workplace shootings, etc.

“My first book came in 1991, another in 1994, then 2000 Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? – Our Serotonin Nightmare warned in even more detail the ravages of drugs acting upon serotonin – the antidepressants, antipsychotics, & pain killers. Serotonin is what LSD mimics. Increase the level gradually & the individual begins to appear as if they are becoming mentally ill. No one links it to the drug because it has been such a slow process. Sadly even the patient is convinced they are going insane due to his/her own drug-induced thoughts & actions & becomes a customer for life.”

Original Article: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2555950/70-MILLION-Americans-mind-altering-drugs-shock-statistic-shows-extent-use-illegal-legal-narcotics.html#ixzz2sxPHIzvn

If you are caught up in this new age drug nightmare and want off you need to know what you are doing and how to wean off safely. Make sure any doctor you go to for help knows about withdrawal because far too many do not know anything about it. Many patients will share with their doctors the CD mentioned below on safe and successful withdrawal as it explains why there is a need for such a slow, gradual withdrawal with serotonergic medications. Withdrawal can be one of the most dangerous periods of taking an antidepressant if you do not know what you are doing! (See FDA withdrawal warning below)

WITHDRAWAL HELP: You can find the hour and a half long CD on safe and effective withdrawal helps here: http://store.drugawareness.org/  And if you need additional consultations with Ann Blake-Tracy, you can book one at www.drugawareness.org or sign up for one of the memberships for the International Coalition for Drug Awareness which includes free consultations as one of the benefits of that particular membership plan.

WITHDRAWAL WARNING: In sharing this information about adverse reactions to antidepressants I always recommend that you also give reference to my CD on safe withdrawal, Help! I Can’t Get Off My Antidepressant!, so that we do not have more people dropping off these drugs too quickly – a move which I have warned from the beginning can be even more dangerous than staying on the drugs!

The FDA also now warns that any abrupt change in dose of an antidepressant can produce suicide, hostility or psychosis. These reactions can either come on very rapidly or even be delayed for months depending upon the adverse effects upon sleep patterns when the withdrawal is rapid!

Ann Blake Tracy, Executive Director,
International Coalition for Drug Awareness
www.drugawareness.org & http://ssristories.drugawareness.org
Author: ”Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? – Our Serotonin Nightmare – The Complete Truth of the Full Impact of Antidepressants Upon Us & Our World” & Withdrawal CD “Help! I Can’t Get Off My Antidepressant!”

 

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ANTIDEPRESSANTS: Sleeping Pills: Death: 32 Year Old Woman Dies from a …

Paragraph two reads:  “Bolton Coroner’s Court heard that
Samantha Andrews, aged 32, of Harpford Close, Breightmet, died after taking drugs including
sleeping tablets, anti-depressants and
anti-hystamines.”

http://www.theboltonnews.co.uk/news/4776972.Depressed_woman_died_from_cocktail_of_drugs/

Depressed woman died from cocktail of drugs

11:00am
Friday 4th December 2009

A woman who was suffering from depression died
after taking a cocktail of prescription drugs, an inquest heard.

Bolton
Coroner’s Court heard that Samantha Andrews, aged 32, of Harpford Close, Breightmet,
died after taking drugs including sleeping tablets, anti-depressants and
anti-hystamines.

But Assistant Deputy Coroner Peter Watson said there
was insufficient evidence to prove that Miss Andrews committed suicide and
recorded an open verdict.

The inquest heard that Miss Andrews, who had
trained as a nurse, had previously twice taken overdoses but told doctors that
these were a cry for help.

She was found unconscious in her bed by her
partner, Philip Brockbank, on March 2 and taken for treatment at the Royal
Bolton Hospital, before being transferred to a hospital in Wigan where she died
on March 5.

The cause of death was brain death due to lack of oxygen,
caused by the overdose.

Mr Watson said: “She was still a young woman who
clearly had talent but had troubles in her life.”

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ANTIDEPRESSANTS: Police Officer Suicide After Only Days on Samples: NJ

Last two paragraphs read:  “Cillo tried to socialize
normally with his wife and family for the next few days — going dancing and to
a football game — but also sought help through the Cop-to-Cop crisis hotline.
He met with a hotline social worker and his own family physician, who
prescribed sleeping pills and gave him samples of anti-depressant
medications.
Still feeling confused and anxious on Aug.
27,
he went to Morristown Memorial Hospital. One physician gave him
medication to calm him down and an appointment was set for him to see a
psychiatrist in a few days after he denied suicidal thoughts, court records
said.”

On Aug. 28, the day he died, a hospital social
worker called Cillo at home to check on his welfare and he responded that he was
doing better. His wife brought the children to dental appointments, and upon
returning home, found a suicide note. She called police, who went
to the home and discovered Cillo in the
basement.”

http://www.dailyrecord.com/article/20090911/COMMUNITIES/309110001/1005/NEWS01/Wrongful+death+trial+begins+over+Harding+officer+s+suicide

Wrongful death trial begins over Harding officer‘s suicide

By Peggy Wright • Staff Writer • September 11, 2009

A civil trial
is set to start Monday on a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the widow of a
Harding police officer who hanged himself in 2003, a day after he was screened
at Morristown Memorial Hospital for suicidal ideations but not
admitted.

A jury of four men and four women was selected by Thursday
afternoon to hear the wrongful death//medical malpractice claims, and opening
trial statements are set to begin Monday before Superior Court Judge W. Hunt
Dumont in Morristown. At issue is whether the hospital, through a social worker,
registered nurse and psychiatrist named as defendants, was negligent and
breached a duty of care to Harding Officer James Cillo Jr. on Aug. 27,
2003.

Cillo, the 39-year-old son of retired Mendham Police Chief James
Cillo Sr., hanged himself in the basement of his Washington Township home. He
left his widow, Janet, and three daughters, who then were ages 11, 10 and
5.

A key issue in the case is whether hospital staff and its crisis
intervention workers who saw or evaluated Cillo on Aug. 27, 2003, were told that
he had given all his personal firearms to his father for safekeeping, and
stashed his service weapon at police headquarters. Cillo did not use a gun to
end his life, but attorney Donald Belsole, who is handling the case for the
widow, contends hospital personnel should have scrutinized Cillo more closely
for suicidal symptoms if they knew he willingly gave up his weapons.

The
hospital defendants, represented by attorneys Kenneth Fost and Michael Bubb,
contend their clients did all they could to properly evaluate Cillo, who
ultimately declined when asked whether he wanted to be admitted to Morristown
Memorial. Cillo was accompanied to the hospital by his wife of 15 years and his
father, the retired chief.

The lawsuit traces Cillo’s anxiety and
depressed state of mind back to Aug. 17, 2003, 11 days before his death. Working
a midnight shift, he handled a case of a Harding resident who shot his disabled
horse to try to end its suffering but didn’t kill the creature. Cillo responded
to the scene but failed to immediately seize the resident’s firearm or check
whether it was registered. He was chastised by his police chief for this lapse
and feared he would be fired. He grew anxious and couldn’t concentrate or sleep,
according to court records.

Cillo tried to socialize normally with his
wife and family for the next few days — going dancing and to a football game —
but also sought help through the Cop-to-Cop crisis hotline. He met with a
hotline social worker and his own family physician, who prescribed sleeping
pills and gave him samples of anti-depressant medications. Still feeling
confused and anxious on Aug. 27, he went to Morristown Memorial Hospital. One
physician gave him medication to calm him down and an appointment was set for
him to see a psychiatrist in a few days after he denied suicidal thoughts, court
records said.

On Aug. 28, the day he died, a hospital social worker
called Cillo at home to check on his welfare and he responded that he was doing
better. His wife brought the children to dental appointments, and upon returning
home, found a suicide note. She called police, who went to the home and
discovered Cillo in the basement.

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ANTIDEPRESSANTS: Murder: Mother Kills 11 Year Old Son: Attempts to Kill…

NOTE FROM Ann Blake-Tracy:

Money and the economy is certainly a serious problem in our
society that needs to be addressed, but it should also be noted that patients
have reported for years that starting an antidepressant has killed any hope they
had for the future, no matter the problem.
_________________________________________
Fourth paragraph from the end reads:  “Taylor, who did
not have a job, confided her money woes to her sister and close friends, who
became worried about her mental state and insisted she visited
he
r GP who prescribed her antidepressants and
sleeping pills.”

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1217634/Mother-drowned-son11-cash-crisis-detained-indefinitely.html

Mother who drowned grammar schoolboy son, 11, in the bath over £290,000
debts is locked up indefinitely

By Arthur
Martin

Last updated at 7:21 PM on 02nd October 2009
  • Mother ‘was bitten by son on finger during struggle’
Tragic: James Taylor was drowned in the bath by his mother Jennifer in
December 2008. She has been detained indefinitely under the Mental Health
Act

A mother drugged and drowned her 11yearold son in despair after
running up debts of £290,000, a court heard yesterday.

Jennifer Taylor
was detained indefinitely under the Mental Health Act for killing James at their
home last December.

Taylor, 45, became severely depressed when her son‘s
absent father stopped sending her money to pay for James’s upbringing and
private school fees.

She had also accrued debts through credit cards and
mortgage arrears and was being harassed by creditors, the court heard.

After killing her son, she spent the next two days lying next to his
body before she stabbed herself and took an overdose.

Taylor then called
the emergency services and told the operator what she had done.

James
was found in the bath with his head submerged in the water at the family home in
New Ash Green, near Dartford in Kent.

They found Taylor in the
conservatory in bloodstained clothes. She

had stab wounds on her thighs,
breasts, wrists and arms and was white, cold and weak, the court heard.

Sentencing her at Maidstone Crown Court, Judge Andrew Patience QC
described the case as an ‘appalling human tragedy’ in which ‘the life of a
happy, bright, talented boy was wasted’.

The judge said: ‘She was
socially isolated, felt let down by others, weighed down by debt.

‘There
is no question but that she adored her son and had tried to do her best for him
but had got deeply into debt in her efforts to do so.

‘The financial
pressures upon her became intense and she developed an intense depressive
illness in the months leading up to the killing.’

He said the illness
‘led her to the belief that there was no solution to their problems other than

to take James’s life and kill herself’.

Taylor denied murdering her son
at a hearing in March, but later admitted to manslaughter on the grounds of
diminished responsibility. When arrested she said she had wanted the two of them
to die so they could ‘be in a better place’.

The court heard that both
her parents were dead and she had little support. James had never met his
father, Mohammed Al-Rafaey, described as a successful Syrian national who lived
in Abu Dhabi. Taylor had a brief relationship with him in the 1990s.

James was a pupil at Steephill,  a private primary school in
Fawkham, Kent, before he joined a nearby grammar school

He initially
sent her £1,000 a month in child maintenance and paid for James’s private school
fees but at the time of the boy’s death Taylor had only £360 available in her
current account.

She had to twice re-mortgage the house Al-Rafaey had
bought for her, had six credit cards and said creditors were constantly ringing
her. In May 2008 she begged Mr Al-Rafaey for more money and he agreed to

transfer 25,000 U.S. dollars into her account on condition she never asked for
any more.

But soon afterwards she asked for a lump sum to cover James’s
school fees for the next seven years, which he refused.

Taylor, who did
not have a job, confided her money woes to her sister and close friends, who
became worried about her mental state and insisted she visited her GP who
prescribed her antidepressants and sleeping pills.

When computer experts
looked at her internet activity in the months before James’s death they found
searches referring to ‘suicide through debt’, ‘taking a child through suicide’
and ‘drowning as my heart keeps pounding’. James was a pupil at Wilmington
Grammar School near Dartford, after being withdrawn from Steephill, a
£2,245-a-term private primary in the Kent village of Fawkham.

Chris
Tapp, director of debt charity Credit Action, said he believed society needed to

change its attitude towards money to prevent such cases happening again.

He said: ‘This is an absolutely tragic case, but what it does indicate
is the impact that financial debt and worries can have on
individuals.

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ANTIDEPRESSANTS: SUICIDE OF POLICE OFFICER: MEDICAL CENTER SUED: NJ

Last two paragraphs read:  “Cillo tried to socialize
normally with his wife and family for the next few days — going dancing and to
a football game — but also sought help through the Cop-to-Cop crisis hotline.
He met with a hotline social worker and his own family physician, who
prescribed sleeping pills and gave him samples of anti-depressant
medications.
Still feeling confused and anxious on Aug.
27,
he went to Morristown Memorial Hospital. One physician gave him
medication to calm him down and an appointment was set for him to see a
psychiatrist in a few days after he denied suicidal thoughts, court records
said.”

“On Aug. 28, the day he died, a hospital social
worker called Cillo at home to check on his welfare and he responded that he was
doing better. His wife brought the children to dental appointments, and upon
returning home, found a suicide note. She called police, who went
to the home and discovered Cillo in the
basement.”

http://www.dailyrecord.com/article/20090911/COMMUNITIES/309110001/1005/NEWS01/Wrongful+death+trial+begins+over+Harding+officer+s+suicide

Wrongful death trial begins over Harding officer‘s suicide

By Peggy Wright • Staff Writer • September 11, 2009

A civil trial
is set to start Monday on a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the widow of a
Harding police officer who hanged himself in 2003, a day after he was screened
at Morristown Memorial Hospital for suicidal ideations but not
admitted.

A jury of four men and four women was selected by Thursday
afternoon to hear the wrongful death//medical malpractice claims, and opening
trial statements are set to begin Monday before Superior Court Judge W. Hunt
Dumont in Morristown. At issue is whether the hospital, through a social worker,
registered nurse and psychiatrist named as defendants, was negligent and
breached a duty of care to Harding Officer James Cillo Jr. on Aug. 27,
2003.

Cillo, the 39-year-old son of retired Mendham Police Chief James
Cillo Sr., hanged himself in the basement of his Washington Township home. He
left his widow, Janet, and three daughters, who then were ages 11, 10 and
5.

A key issue in the case is whether hospital staff and its crisis
intervention workers who saw or evaluated Cillo on Aug. 27, 2003, were told that
he had given all his personal firearms to his father for safekeeping, and
stashed his service weapon at police headquarters. Cillo did not use a gun to
end his life, but attorney Donald Belsole, who is handling the case for the
widow, contends hospital personnel should have scrutinized Cillo more closely
for suicidal symptoms if they knew he willingly gave up his weapons.

The
hospital defendants, represented by attorneys Kenneth Fost and Michael Bubb,
contend their clients did all they could to properly evaluate Cillo, who
ultimately declined when asked whether he wanted to be admitted to Morristown
Memorial. Cillo was accompanied to the hospital by his wife of 15 years and his
father, the retired chief.

The lawsuit traces Cillo’s anxiety and
depressed state of mind back to Aug. 17, 2003, 11 days before his death. Working
a midnight shift, he handled a case of a Harding resident who shot his disabled
horse to try to end its suffering but didn’t kill the creature. Cillo responded
to the scene but failed to immediately seize the resident’s firearm or check
whether it was registered. He was chastised by his police chief for this lapse
and feared he would be fired. He grew anxious and couldn’t concentrate or sleep,
according to court records.

Cillo tried to socialize normally with his
wife and family for the next few days — going dancing and to a football game —
but also sought help through the Cop-to-Cop crisis hotline. He met with a
hotline social worker and his own family physician, who prescribed sleeping
pills and gave him samples of anti-depressant medications. Still feeling
confused and anxious on Aug. 27, he went to Morristown Memorial Hospital. One
physician gave him medication to calm him down and an appointment was set for
him to see a psychiatrist in a few days after he denied suicidal thoughts, court
records said.

On Aug. 28, the day he died, a hospital social worker
called Cillo at home to check on his welfare and he responded that he was doing
better. His wife brought the children to dental appointments, and upon returning
home, found a suicide note. She called police, who went to the home and
discovered Cillo in the basement.

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ANTIDEPRESSANTS: Soldier Charged with Attempted Murder: Colorado

Note from Ann Blake-Tracy: Yet ANOTHER antidepressant-induced violent
incident!!!! Just how many of these do we need to witness in one area before society
begins to connect the dots back to these deadly drugs they are giving to so
many soldiers for PTSD?!

How many antidepressant-induced murder cases from the Ft Carson/Colorado
Springs area did I send out last week – 4 or 5? You could almost use
Colorado Springs as a microcosm sounding a warning to the rest of the world about
the potential antidepressant dangers we all face with the widespread use of
these drugs.
__________________________________________________________________

Paragraphs 45 through 47 read: "How did it come to this — a decorated war
veteran who sought help now charged with trying to kill his wife?"

"Delgado’s medical records reveal that in the nearly three months between
his mother’s death and the incident in September, the soldier sought help
four times at the behavioral health unit at the base hospital."

"Each time, he was referred to a civilian doctor. He saw the off-base
doctor twice, and was prescribed anti-depressants, sleeping pills and
anti-anxiety drugs."

_http://www.cnn.com/2009/CRIME/08/06/accused.soldier.ptsd/

_ (http://www.cnn.com/2009/CRIME/08/06/accused.soldier.ptsd/) By Jim
Spellman and Wayne Drash
CNN

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (CNN) — Army Spc. Thomas Delgado saved lives
as a combat medic on the front lines in Iraq, earning a Purple Heart when a
bomb rocked his vehicle during his nearly yearlong tour. Back home, he was
sometimes assigned the role of insurgent during combat training at a mock
Iraqi village in California.

Thomas Delgado is charged with trying to kill his wife just days after
their fifth wedding anniversary.

"He told me he felt like he never left" Iraq, said his wife, Shayla.

Soon after his return in December 2005, Delgado realized something many
war veterans fail to recognize. He was suffering from post-traumatic stress
and needed help. He complained of "fear of losing self control," "feelings
of hopelessness" and "paranoia," medical records show.

The 25-year-old soldier is now at the center of a controversial attempted
murder case, charged with trying to kill his wife in September 2008. She
says prosecutors have it all wrong. Her husband of five years needs medical
help, not prison. And, she says, he never tried to kill her.

Delgado’s case may become one of the first to be heard at a
soon-to-be-opened special veterans’ trauma court in Colorado. The court was created to
get professional medical care for military veterans suffering from
trauma-related disorders who are accused of crimes. An estimated 20 percent of Iraq
war veterans suffer from _post-traumatic stress disorder_
(http://topics.cnn.com/topics/post_traumatic_stress_disorder) .

Delgado’s only previous run-in with the law was a minor traffic violation.

Delgado medically retired from the Army Wednesday, and was scheduled to
appear Thursday at a bond hearing to decide if he gets sent back to jail
while awaiting his November trial. The hearing may also determine if his case
gets moved to the new veterans’ court.

"I feel like it was 100 percent preventable," Shayla Delgado told CNN.
"All we’ve really wanted this whole time was someone to help us, someone to
give him treatment."

The district attorney’s office, which covers El Paso and Teller Counties,
declined to comment for this story.

Delgado praised his wife for standing by his side.

"I would definitely be another one of the lost causes if I didn’t have her
backing me up in my corner. She’s just been amazing, doing amazing things
on my behalf," he told CNN by phone.

"It’s unfortunate that it took an incident like this to get proper
treatment."

He said his lawyer advised him not to talk about the night in question.
"I’m hoping to stay out of jail," he added.

What really happened?

For the Delgados, the evening of September 24, 2008, just days after their
fifth wedding anniversary, began with drinks and an argument. Then
everything escalated with whirlwind speed.

Shayla Delgado says her husband grabbed a gun and rattled off suicidal
thoughts. "I’ve been thinking about how I’m going to do it," she recalled him
saying. "I just can’t live like this any more. I can’t do it, I can’t do
it."

"He was telling me, ‘Take our son and leave because you don’t want to be
here for this,’" she said, breaking down in tears. "I was really, really
scared."

She says she pleaded, begged him, to get on the phone with his father. The
two spoke. The soldier kept telling his dad how much he loved him, she
says. She rushed to the bedroom, cradling their sleeping year-old son, and
sprinted out of the apartment.

She dropped the infant off at a neighbor’s and returned home, heading
straight to the bathroom where her husband was holed up. She kicked in the
door. "I see him with the gun in his mouth and I just ripped the gun from his
arms and I ran."

It was during that scuffle to wrestle the gun away, prosecutors say, that
the soldier tried to kill his wife, breaking her nose and attempting to
choke her. Prosecutors have charged Thomas Delgado with one count of
first-degree attempted murder and an array of other charges. They have offered a
plea bargain of 5 to 15 years in prison — a deal Delgado has so far rejected.

A police report on the incident says Shayla Delgado was treated for a
broken nose at a hospital, but she had no "visible marks on her neck at that
time." The police affidavit says she told authorities her husband wrapped his
arm around her neck in the fight for the gun. "Ms. Delgado stated that she
was in fear that he was going to kill her or hurt her very badly," the
affidavit says.

She then got away and he pursued her, according to the affidavit. "He
followed her into the bedroom and again attempted to choke her once more," it
says. "Ms. Delgado stated she stopped fighting in belief that he would let
her go and after a few moments he did."

Shayla Delgado told CNN her nose was broken as a result of the struggle
for the gun — not from a malicious, intentional blow from her husband. Her
husband was in crisis, she says, and she saved him from suicide in a violent
scuffle.

Delgado’s medical records, reviewed by CNN, indicate he remembers few
details from that night. Delgado, who was taking the anti-anxiety drug Ativan,
"believes that he got suicidal while intoxicated, got a weapon to kill
himself, his wife wrestled with him through this, called the police, and with
her visible injuries, he was taken into custody for assault and attempted
murder," the medical records say.

"He has limited recall of these events," the records say. "He feels if his
mother had not died, ‘that day’ would not have happened." His mother had
died three months earlier, in June 2008, after battling breast cancer.

Trauma court for veterans

The veterans’ court is being set up in response to an alarming trend: A
growing number of veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are returning
home and committing crimes — from offenses like theft and forgery to more
serious charges like domestic violence and murder. However, the court will
not deal with homicide cases.

Fort Carson is at the epicenter of the problem, with 14 homicides and
attempted homicides there since 2005. Numerous soldiers have been charged with
an array of other offenses.

"If you catch this early, you stop a cycle of people who are
self-medicating or acting out in a violent way," says Ron Crowder, a district court
judge and retired major general from the National Guard who served in Vietnam.

Crowder has been tapped to preside over the new court, which will model
itself after a handful of others already established in the United States.
Veterans and active-duty soldiers accused of crimes will be offered plea
bargains in exchange for mental health treatment that will be rigorously
monitored. The district attorney’s office will be heavily involved in deciding
which cases get sent to the veterans court.

Crowder says the goal of the court is "to get these people the help they
may have not gotten heretofore."

According to a recent U.S. Army study, only 65 percent of authorized
positions at the behavioral health department at Fort Carson were filled in
2008, forcing Army doctors to send half of all cases to civilian doctors off
base.

Fort Carson, home to about 25,000 soldiers, has seen the number of
soldiers seeking help skyrocket to 2,400 walk-in cases a month — or nearly 1 in
every 10 soldiers.

"I’m trying to track my population and identify people who are
symptomatic," said Col. George Brandt, the senior behavioral health officer at the
base hospital.

Brandt came on board last year with a mission to improve mental health
care for troubled soldiers. He has brought staffing levels up to 74 percent,
with a total of 14 psychiatrists, 14 psychologists and 29 social workers. "I
always want more staff and resources," Brandt said. "We’re trying to build
the system right, get the care near where the soldiers are, increase
access."

The facility does not have any in-patient care on the base. Even with
staffing shortcomings, Brandt said, "I’m never going to let a soldier go
without care who asks for it."

One nearby facility utilized by Fort Carson, he said, has a staff
consisting of two-thirds former military members who are specially trained in PTSD.
"If I can’t provide it, I’m going to get a civilian colleague to help me
with that," Brandt said.

Maj. Gen. David Perkins, the new commander of Fort Carson, told CNN the
base has spent a lot of time assessing problems with PTSD and trying to
develop solutions. One of the biggest concerns, he said, is overcoming the
stigma of seeking help.

"This is the key point that we’re focusing on across the Army," he said.
"You have seen, from four-star generals on down, personally come out and
talk about their issues with post-traumatic stress disorder. And this alone
has created a large momentum to taking the stigma away."

A soldier’s journey

Delgado was deployed to _Iraq_ (http://topics.cnn.com/topics/iraq_war) as
a combat medic in January 2005, stationed about 20 miles south of Baghdad.
His war at home began around Christmas of that year.

His medical records show that he "treated more Iraqi casualties than
Americans," but he twice lost comrades — one from war wounds in the field and
another to infection. "States he saw it all," the records say. "He takes
great pride in being a competent combat medic. He notes he has had great
emotional distance, feeling numb and disconnect since his tour."

Delgado’s first job back in the States, at Fort Irwin in California, was
to train combat soldiers in a mock Iraqi village. Sometimes, he dressed in
Army fatigues and battled would-be bad guys; other times, he suited up as an
Iraqi villain, according to his wife.

Delgado first began getting treatment for his PTSD at Fort Irwin,
according to his family. At that time, his mother was dealing with terminal breast
cancer back in the couple’s home state of Colorado. In March 2008, as his
mother’s condition worsened, the Army relocated Delgado to be near his
mother’s side and the couple, now with a young son, moved to Fort Carson.

He worked at the emergency room of Evans Army Community Hospital on base,
and spent his time off with his ailing mother. She died in June 2008, and
according to his wife, that’s when he began to unravel. Three months later,
he was arrested.

How did it come to this — a decorated war veteran who sought help now
charged with trying to kill his wife?

Delgado’s medical records reveal that in the nearly three months between
his mother’s death and the incident in September, the soldier sought help
four times at the behavioral health unit at the base hospital.

Each time, he was referred to a civilian doctor. He saw the off-base
doctor twice, and was prescribed anti-depressants, sleeping pills and
anti-anxiety drugs.

"It scared me, because I didn’t know what was really happening," his wife
said of his troubled state. "I didn’t know what was going on."

Shayla Delgado believes the treatment her husband received was inadequate.
Unfortunately, she says, it took his arrest to get him the care he needed:
in-patient treatment at civilian facilities specializing in PTSD.

While her husband tries to heal from his invisible war wounds, she’s
trying to clear his name.

"It’s just so sad because, you know, my husband’s a really good person,"
she said, weeping. "He deserves to be treated better."

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ANTIDEPRESSANTS: Senate Orders Study on Military Suicides

Paragraphs 7 & 8 read: “By voice vote, the Senate approved a Cardin-sponsored amendment to the 2010 defense authorization bill that would order an independent study by the National Institute of Mental Health on the potential relationship between suicide or suicide attempts and the use of antidepressants, anti-anxiety and other behavior-modifying prescription drugs.”

“That study is expected to take two years. In the meantime, Cardin’s amendment also would require a report every June from 2010 through 2015 giving the number and percentages of troops who are serving or have served in Iraq or Afghanistan who had prescriptions for antidepressants or similar drugs.”

http://www.airforcetimes.com/news/2009/07/military_suicides_antidepressants_072309w/

Senator: Study prescriptions-suicide link
By Rick Maze – Staff writer
Posted : Thursday Jul 23, 2009 11:32:42 EDT

The Senate on Wednesday ordered an independent study to determine whether an increase in military suicides could be the result of sending troops into combat while they are taking antidepressants or sleeping pills.

Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D-Md., who pushed for the study, said he does not know whether there is a link, but he believes prescription drug use, especially when it is not closely supervised by medical personnel, needs a closer look.

“One thing we should all be concerned about is that there are more and more of our soldiers who are using prescription antidepressant drugs … and we are not clear as to whether they are under appropriate medical supervision,” Cardin said.

The problem, he said, is that some antidepressants “take several weeks before they reach their full potential,” and during that time there is a risk of increased suicidal thoughts among 18- to 24-year-olds ­ an age group that includes many service members.

When people taking antidepressants are deployed, they may not be under close medical supervision, especially if they are in a unit that is on the move in combat, Cardin said.

“Surveys … have shown that as many as 12 percent of those who are serving in Iraq and 17 percent of those who are serving in Afghanistan are using some form of prescribed antidepressant or sleeping pills,” Cardin said. “That would equal 20,000 of our service members.”

By voice vote, the Senate approved a Cardin-sponsored amendment to the 2010 defense authorization bill that would order an independent study by the National Institute of Mental Health on the potential relationship between suicide or suicide attempts and the use of antidepressants, anti-anxiety and other behavior-modifying prescription drugs.

That study is expected to take two years. In the meantime, Cardin’s amendment also would require a report every June from 2010 through 2015 giving the number and percentages of troops who are serving or have served in Iraq or Afghanistan who had prescriptions for antidepressants or similar drugs.

The reports would not include names or any specifics that would identify the service members, Cardin said. “We protect their individual privacy,” he said. “There is no stigma attached at all to this survey.”

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Subject: ANTIDEPRESSANTS: Senate Orders Study on Military Suicides
Paragraphs 7 & 8 read: “By voice vote, the Senate approved a Cardin-sponsored amendment to the 2010 defense authorization bill that would order an independent study by the National Institute of Mental Health on the potential relationship between suicide or suicide attempts and the use of antidepressants, anti-anxiety and other behavior-modifying prescription drugs.”

“That study is expected to take two years. In the meantime, Cardin’s amendment also would require a report every June from 2010 through 2015 giving the number and percentages of troops who are serving or have served in Iraq or Afghanistan who had prescriptions for antidepressants or similar drugs.”

http://www.airforcetimes.com/news/2009/07/military_suicides_antidepressants_072309w/

Senator: Study prescriptions-suicide link
By Rick Maze – Staff writer
Posted : Thursday Jul 23, 2009 11:32:42 EDT

The Senate on Wednesday ordered an independent study to determine whether an increase in military suicides could be the result of sending troops into combat while they are taking antidepressants or sleeping pills.

Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D-Md., who pushed for the study, said he does not know whether there is a link, but he believes prescription drug use, especially when it is not closely supervised by medical personnel, needs a closer look.

“One thing we should all be concerned about is that there are more and more of our soldiers who are using prescription antidepressant drugs … and we are not clear as to whether they are under appropriate medical supervision,” Cardin said.

The problem, he said, is that some antidepressants “take several weeks before they reach their full potential,” and during that time there is a risk of increased suicidal thoughts among 18- to 24-year-olds ­ an age group that includes many service members.

When people taking antidepressants are deployed, they may not be under close medical supervision, especially if they are in a unit that is on the move in combat, Cardin said.

“Surveys … have shown that as many as 12 percent of those who are serving in Iraq and 17 percent of those who are serving in Afghanistan are using some form of prescribed antidepressant or sleeping pills,” Cardin said. “That would equal 20,000 of our service members.”

By voice vote, the Senate approved a Cardin-sponsored amendment to the 2010 defense authorization bill that would order an independent study by the National Institute of Mental Health on the potential relationship between suicide or suicide attempts and the use of antidepressants, anti-anxiety and other behavior-modifying prescription drugs.

That study is expected to take two years. In the meantime, Cardin’s amendment also would require a report every June from 2010 through 2015 giving the number and percentages of troops who are serving or have served in Iraq or Afghanistan who had prescriptions for antidepressants or similar drugs.

The reports would not include names or any specifics that would identify the service members, Cardin said. “We protect their individual privacy,” he said. “There is no stigma attached at all to this survey.”

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