ANTIDEPRESSANTS: Court overturns conviction in 2005 child neglect case

When Schieck discussed the plea agreement, the court said he was aware that
Snyder “had a significant history of mental health problems, including a
previous institutionalization, antidepressant prescriptions and recent suicide
attempts.”

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    Court overturns conviction in 2005 child

    neglect case

    By Cy Ryan

    Fri, Jan 15, 2010 (3:40 p.m.)

    CARSON CITY – In a 2-1 decision, the Nevada Supreme Court has voided the
    second-degree murder conviction of Charlene Snyder in a highly publicized child

    neglect case in Las Vegas.

    The court said trial lawyer David Schieck failed to request a psychiatric
    evaluation prior to advising her to plead guilty.

    Snyder’s 2-year-old daughter, Adacelli, had cerebral palsy and weighed only
    11 pounds at the time of her death in the summer of 2005. She was found dead
    inside the family’s mobile home in a room filled with animal and human feces and
    rotting food.

    When Schieck discussed the plea agreement, the court said he was aware that
    Snyder “had a significant history of mental health problems, including a
    previous institutionalization, antidepressant prescriptions and recent suicide
    attempts.”

    The court said the lawyer was aware “of the highly unusual behavior she
    exhibited in allowing her home to, in effect, become a cesspool.

    In light of trial counsel’s knowledge, he was unreasonable in failing to
    request a psychiatric evaluation prior to counseling appellant (Snyder) to plead
    guilty.”

    Schieck had testified he did not order the evaluation because he believed
    Snyder was competent. The court said, “the standard for competency is not the
    same as that for insanity, nor is it relevant to appellant’s state of mind when
    her daughter died.”

    The court said a psychiatric evaluation may have supported the only line of
    defense for Snyder of “insanity or that she lacked the requisite state of
    mind.”

    The majority decision was signed Justices Michael Cherry and Michael Douglas.
    Dissenting was Justice Mark Gibbons, who said Snyder had not met her burden to
    show her lawyer was incompetent.

    Snyder, now 32, will return to district court in Las Vegas for new
    proceedings.

    Both Snyder and her boyfriend Jack Richardson, now 29, were sentenced to
    terms of 10 years to life on the second-degree murder conviction.

    Discussion: 2 comments so far…

    1. By LasVegasLawyerGal
      1/15/10 at 4:57 p.m.

      Of course, the part not mentioned by the article is that in practice,
      requesting a psych eval for one’s client means a transfer of the matter to
      Judge Glass–who rarely, if ever, finds anyone incompetent. This is not to
      dispute that attorneys should request psych evals when it appears to them that
      mental competency is in issue–but it is a bit rich for our Supreme Court to
      posit that a psych eval would have magically changed the outcome.

    2. By Launce
      1/16/10 at 4:19 p.m.

      LVLG is correct, but nonetheless, the Court shows some intestinal fortitude
      in sending this back to District Court. The mob’s hunger for blood
      notwithstanding, this is a clear example of someone who could not, should not
      be responsible for the care of a disabled infant. The mob wants to punish
      Snyder for the community’s failure to look out for the most
      vulnerable.

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    DEPRESSION MED: 14 Year Old Girl Attempts Suicide in School During Class…

    Paragraph four reads:  “The victim’s mother said her
    daughter
    takes medication for ADHD and
    depression.”

    http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/latest/lat_703887.shtml?v=1642

    Middle school student attempts suicide during class
    Stephanie
    Toone | South Carolina Bureau Chief
    Thursday, Dec. 10, 2009 4:42
    p.m.

    GRANITEVILLE – A Leavelle McCampbell Middle School student tried
    to commit suicide in a classroom Wednesday by overdosing on prescription drugs.


    An art teacher at the middle school on Canal Street said the 14yearold
    took close to 50 pills during class around 8:15 a.m. in an attempt to kill
    herself, according to an Aiken County Sheriff’s Office report. The student was
    transported to Aiken Regional Medical Center’s emergency room, but there were no
    details on her condition.

    Two students told investigators that the
    student said she was going to take her “death pills,” then swallowed the
    cocktail of prescription drugs, according to the report.

    The victim’s
    mother said her daughter takes medication for ADHD and depression.


    Cecelia Davidson, associate superintendent for administration, said she
    was not aware of the incident, but said the guidance and principal staff has
    protocol for suicide threats or attempts.

    From the Thursday, Dec. 10,
    2009 online edition of The Augusta Chronicle

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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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    Withdrawing from a Decade of Drugs

    “I have a few shopping bags full of drugs given to my son.”

    Dear Ann Blake Tracy,

    I don’t really know where to begin but I will try. Your website is incredible and anyone thinking of letting the psychiatric system help a loved one or any human for that matter should read your books, listen to your tapes and fine comb your website.

    Our horror story began in 1995 and hasn’t stopped as of today Jan. 04, 2004. Our son (only child) is still withdrawing from the treacherous side effects of all the drugs given to him mostly by force throughout the last 10 years.

    He is now 29 years old and having missed 10 years of living and learning is just starting to show signs of life.

    Watching him almost die in front of me has taken a toll of my body and brain and we are recovering from this ordeal. Unlike many others who have lost their loved ones to these pretentious rehabs and treatment centers has endlessly aged and stolen time from our families happiness and our lives.

    I have a few shopping bags full of drugs given to my son. There are hundreds of containers of Luvox, Prozac, Buspar, Ativan, Paxil, Celexa, Thorazine, Mellaril, Serentil, Prolixin, Haldol, Risperdal, Zyprexa, Stool Softeners and many others I cannot remember. In fact I had to take a breather remembering all these poisons.

    The suicide attempts and induced anger created by these cocktails of poisons is unspeakable. People who do not understand the routine drugging regime of humans who get caught up in this system need to be informed before we have nothing but drugged humans living on this earth.

    There are no quick fixes for human feelings and no drug will prevent anyone from feelings we are born to feel.

    We know what Tardive Dyskinesia looks like and we know what acute Akathisia is all about and Tardive Dystonia. We have spent endless nights in emergency rooms and hospitals only to see our son drugged and misunderstood like the others who happen to be locked up at the same time. We have met hundreds who have been warehoused, committed, Conserved, etc. This system is nothing more than a pharmaceutical/psychiatric money making industry damaging humans and their families. We have spent thousands of dollars seeking help with little or no help to be found just more drugging and irreversible damages.

    My friends Marilyn, Delores, Cathy, Felicia, Dorothy, Anne and many others know the truths about neuroleptics and SSRI’s. We live with poisoned humans and some of us lived together as we tried everything to help our loved ones withdraw from Mind Altering Chemicals.

    Linda Valentine
    lindaraps97@yahoo.com

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    Effexor gave me the urge to take my life.

    “Anybody who says Effexor is not dangerous is lying”

     

    I am 36 years old with 2 children. Last year was a traumatic year, splitting up with my children’s father, losing a baby, working 46 hours per week and starting another relationship with mentally cruel man. In September my doctor put me on Effexor 75mg for depression, which started me on a downward spiral with hideous side effects.

    Anybody who says Effexor is not dangerous is lying. After 2 months on the drug, I stuck a hose to my exhaust pipe of my car, took 2 sleeping tablets so I would not wake up and get out, and went to sleep. EIGHT hours later I awoke, and drove home dejected and angry. All of this was on 300mg of Effexor. I plummeted even further, slashing my wrists over 100 times, and never once did I miss a dose.

    I was sleeping approx 4 hours per night, put on 10 kilos with no real change in my diet and the brain zaps were very real. I decided to wean myself off the tablets against my doctors advise, and had the worst week of my life. Fast-forward to now 6 weeks later, and I truly believe Effexor gave me the urge to take my life. I feel fantastic, in control and nearly normal. I no longer plot my death or have the urge to cut. The only thing I can thank Effexor for is sorting out my true friends in this world. My suicide attempts were very serious ones, not telling anybody beforehand and by all accounts I should be dead. If it were not for unleaded petrol, I would be. The difference is, it would not be from suicide, it would have been from Effexor.

     

    2/9/2002

    This is Survivor Story number 43.
    Total number of stories in current database is 48

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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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