MI Mother Charged for Dismembering Son (32)

Donna Scrivo

Donna Scrivo

Michigan is one of those states that if I focused on the cases there I would never get any others taken care of. Antidepressants have been rampant there for a long long time since Kip Arntz killed his wife, cut off her head, put it in a box on the neighbors porch and cooked the rest of her up at their taco stand. After being on Prozac for some time Kip had been diagnosed with a brain tumor. They took him off Prozac for the brain surgery to remove the tumor and then sent him home three days later. So on top of mixing the anesthesia with the Prozac in his system he was in cold turkey withdrawal. His wife did not have a chance with that scenario!

Anyway in this case according to court documents, Donna Scrivo filed a petition seeking hospitalization for mental illness of her son in May and was granted guardianship. This was shortly after the husband/father’s death. “From what I understand, it (the father’s death) did have a negative impact on the family.” And when translated that statement generally means all family members got a prescription for an antidepressant, but in Michigan it generally would mean the dose of their antidepressant was increased or another added to what they were already on as would be the case in UT, FL, NC, OR or WA – it appears to be mainly the areas where early clinical trials took place. The rest of the country is rapidly catching up in their antidepressant use though!

But whether it was self defense needed because the son was becoming seriously aggressive on his meds or something gone wrong with the mother’s meds remains to be seen. This is a case I would have little concern about an antidepressant being found to have played a major part though.

“It just seems so out of character,” Odren, Donna Scrivo’s neighbor, said. “That’s what makes this so hard to process. She had such a good relationship with Ramsay. I would never expect anyone to (dismember their child).

“We’re anxious to figure out what happened.”

Keep an eye on this one as it plays out in the press. Mothers do not regularly cut up their sons.

Original Articles: http://www.freep.com/article/20140202/NEWS05/302020138/woman-dismemberment-case-body-parts-son

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/donna-scrivo-detroit-woman-charged-in-sons-dismemberment/

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!”

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! You can find the hour and a half long CD on safe and effective withdrawal helps here: http://store.drugawareness.org/

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10/09/2000 – Congressman attributes son’s suicide to Accutane

msnbc.com

Lawmaker tells of acne drug’s risk

Rep. Bart Stupak.

NBC’s Dr. Bob Arnot discusses the possible health risks of Accutane and
alternative treatments for severe cases of acne.

Congressman attributes
son’s suicide to Accutane

MSNBC STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich., Oct. 5. A Michigan congressman whose
17-year-old son committed suicide earlier this year went public Thursday with
criticism of the Food and Drug Administration, charging on NBC’s Today
show that the agency had failed to warn consumers that the popular acne
medicine Accutane may cause depression.

If it can happen to our family it certainly can happen to you, and we
don’t want anyone to have to go through that. REP. BART STUPAK

BART STUPAK JR., known as B.J., shot himself in the head with his
father’s gun in the early hours of May 14. Stupak, a popular football player,
killed himself after a prom-night party.

His father, Rep. Bart Stupak, a four-term Democrat from Menominee,
said Thursday that he blames Accutane, a powerful acne drug B.J. had taken
for six months prior to his death. We knew our son, we loved our son, he
said.

The congressman and his wife, Laurie, said they had considered every
possible explanation for B.J.’s suicide and the only thing we can find is
Accutane.

FDA ADVISORY

In 1998, the Food and Drug Administration advised doctors who
prescribe Accutane to watch their patients for signs of depression.
Afterward, the company notified doctors that the drug may cause depression,
psychosis, and, rarely, suicidal ideation, suicide attempts and suicide.

But Stupak said the FDA had done a poor job spreading the word. B.J.’s
medication package included no warning and the doctor didn’t tell the parents
about the link to depression, his father said.

If it can happen to our family it certainly can happen to you, and we
don’t want anyone to have to go through that, Stupak said.

Hoffmann-La Roche, which manufactures Accutane, contends no
link has been proven between the drug and depression or suicide. In 1998, the
company argued that more than 4 million Americans have taken Accutane since
it was approved in 1982, and the possible side effect is very rare. It said
teen-agers, prime acne sufferers, often suffer depression, and hormones
involved with acne also may contribute to depression.

B.J.’s death stunned family and friends. In the Today interview,
his parents said he was a happy young man with a bright future.

COMPLETELY OUT OF CHARACTER

This is contrary to everything he lived for, everything he thought,
everything he wanted in life … completely out of character for him, Stupak
said. He would not do something like this.

B.J. left no note and the autopsy showed no drugs in his system,
although he apparently had taken a couple of drinks.
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The only suggestion of odd behavior came the night before his death.
During a party following his junior prom, B.J. began reading the Bible and
said he wasn’t going to college because of his grades, and that his parents
probably hated him for that, according to an account on the Today program.
The Stupaks said there was no reason for him to think such a thing.

An FDA science advisory panel last month suggested requiring
Hoffman-LaRoche to give patients information about potential risks, agency
drug chief Janet Woodcock said.

INSUFFICIENT DATA

But Woodcock said there still was insufficient data to establish a
definite connection between Accutane and depression or suicide.

It’s really hard to nail this down, she said in a telephone
interview Wednesday. The bottom line is there is evidence against there
being a link and evidence for being a link.

During the advisory panel meeting, FDA staffers presented evidence
that some people had become depressed when taking the drug and had gotten
over their depression after stopping use of the drug, Woodcock said.

But experts for Hoffman-LaRoche countered with evidence suggesting no
link, she said. The committee recommended further study.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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