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NOTE FROM Ann Blake-Tracy (www.drugawareness.org):
This suicide is much too similar to little Gabriel Myers’ (7) suicide in Florida last year – while in the custody of CPS! He too was on similar medications when he impulsively hung himself with a shower hose in the bathroom.
Both types of medications have an FDA black box warning for suicide for this age group. WHY?!!! Want to talk about him being exposed to something toxic? This is it! Why as a society do we allow this to continue?!!! Why is it okay for doctors to give patients drugs that could cause suicide?
Here is the warning given for Strattera which is prescribed for ADHD. [And a similar warning was given to all antidepressant and mood stablizing medications (which Montana was also taking).]
9/05 From Web MD: “The FDA is advising health care providers and caregivers that children and adolescents being treated with Strattera should be closely monitored for worsening of symptoms as well as agitation, irritability, SUICIDAL THINKING OR BEHAVIORS, and unusual changes in behavior, especially during the initial few months of therapy or when the dose is changed (either increased or decreased).”
“THIS MONITORING SHOULD INCLUDE DAILY OBSERVATION BY FAMILIES AND CAREGIVERS AND FREQUENT CONTACT WITH THE PHYSICIAN, says the FDA.” [Emphasis added]
What kind of close monitoring is this when he hangs himself in a nurses office?! Why did none of the professionals working with Montana withdraw him from the medications which had been producing these suicidal thoughts for some time BEFORE he lost his life? I see these FAR TOO OFTEN and the children are getting younger and younger as those who should be caring for them ignore these strong FDA warnings that are the next closest thing there is to banning a group of drugs!
Ann Blake-Tracy, Executive Director,
International Coalition for Drug Awareness
Medical examiner confirms death of 9-year-old Colony boy was suicide
11:13 PM CST on Thursday, February 18, 2010
By WENDY HUNDLEY/The Dallas Morning News
The Tarrant County medical examiner’s office ruled Thursday that a 9-year-old boy from The Colony committed suicide.
The determination rules out speculation that Montana Lance’s death was an accident.
Montana was found hanging in a bathroom at Stewart’s Creek Elementary School around 1 p.m. Jan. 21. He was taken to Baylor Medical Center at Carrollton, where he was pronounced dead.
Lt. Darren Brockway of The Colony police said the medical examiner’s ruling is consistent with police conclusions about the death.
“He’d gotten in trouble at school and panicked,” Brockway said. “He just felt there was no other way out.”
There had been speculation that Montana watched a television show about teen suicide the night before his death and was copying what he saw with no real intention to kill himself.
“We ruled that out as an option after talking to his parents,” Brockway said. “He didn’t watch that show.”
01/25/10: Friends, family stunned by apparent suicide of 9-year-old boy
Link: Leave your condolences for the family of Montana Lance
Still, experts say children as young as Montana may not fully comprehend the consequences of their actions. A suicidal act may be a spur-of-the-moment act, like an outburst or a tantrum, they say.
“It was more of a conscious decision he made in a moment of high anxiety,” Brockway said.
A spokesman for the Lance family could not be reached for comment Thursday. A police report says Montana’s father had insisted the death was accidental.
Brockway said Montana had been upset on the day of his death after he was sent to the office for misbehaving in class. He locked himself in the school nurse’s restroom and didn’t come out.
After about 10 minutes, the nurse got a key to open the door and found the child unconscious.
Montana had attached the buckle of a brown cloth belt to a hook of a device used to help disabled people use the restroom, according to a police report. He was found with the belt around his neck with his feet off the floor. Police found no notes or messages.
He had been taking medication for mood swings and for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and had been having suicidal thoughts for about two years, the police report states.
In 2007, Montana’s parents, Jason and Debbie Lance, sought treatment for their son for ADHD.
In 2008, they told the doctor that the boy had been talking about committing suicide, and he was referred to a psychiatrist, according to the police report.
After Montana’s death, Child Protective Services opened an investigation to determine whether abuse or neglect were contributing factors.
That investigation has not been completed, but the family’s other two children have not been removed from the home, CPS spokeswoman Marissa Gonzales said.
Gonzales said CPS has had no prior involvement with the Lances and routinely investigates child fatalities.
With the medical examiner’s ruling, police plan to close their investigation with no charges filed, Brockway said.
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Paragraph six reads: “Supervising Deputy Coroner Kelly
Keyes said the following drugs were found in Pang’s system: citalopram
[Celexa] (antidepressant), dihydrocodeine (pain reliever),
hydrocodone (pain reliever), lorazepam (anti-anxiety medication), oxycodone
(pain reliever), oxymorphone (pain reliever) and THC (ingredient in marijuana).
January 11, 2010 | 7:13 pm
The death of 42-year-old Newport
Beach financier Danny Pang has officially been ruled a suicide caused by the
combined effect of seven drugs, the Orange County Sheriff-Coroner’s Department
Pang was found unconscious Sept. 11, 2009, in his
Newport Beach home and was taken to Hoag Hospital, where he died the next day.
His death came less than two months after an Orange County federal grand
jury accused Pang of concealing more than $300,000 from the government. The FBI
also alleged he stashed gold bullion in a hidden safe.
Pang was also
facing an SEC lawsuit for allegedly misappropriating millions of dollars from
investors through his company Private Equity Management Group Inc. in Irvine.
He denied any wrongdoing and was free on a $1-million bond at the time
of his death.
Supervising Deputy Coroner Kelly Keyes said the following
drugs were found in Pang’s system: citalopram (antidepressant), dihydrocodeine
(pain reliever), hydrocodone (pain reliever), lorazepam (anti-anxiety
medication), oxycodone (pain reliever), oxymorphone (pain reliever) and THC
(ingredient in marijuana).
Pang first made headlines in 1997 when his
wife, a former stripper, was shot to death in their home. No one has been
convicted of the crime.
— Corina Knoll
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Second paragraph from the end reads: “Spencer’s
antidepressant medication were not recorded on his custody records,
it also emerged. Detention officer Stewart Wakeman said was an
Man’s death forced change in police policy
Thursday 3rd December 2009
POLICE changed their policy for assessing the risks prisoners pose to
themselves after a Swindon man killed himself less than two hours after leaving
their custody, an inquest heard.
Michael Spencer of Grantham Close,
Freshbrook, told officers at Gablecross Police Station he was suicidal after he
assaulted wife Wendy at their West
Swindon home, Oxfordshire Coroner’s Court heard.
This suicidal fact
was logged onto his custody record which was placed in a red folder to signify
he was a vulnerable person, Oxfordshire Coroner Nicholas Gardiner said.
Depressed Spencer, 39, who had overdosed on painkillers and also
self-harmed in the weeks leading to his death, was placed in a cell monitored by
The dad-of-two was charged with common assault and released on
police bail at 2pm on July 16, in 2006.
No health care professional was
called to assess his state of mind as custody sergeants and detention officers
said he was “quiet” and “compliant” and didn’t cause them any welfare concerns.
But by 3.45pm he was run over and killed on the A420 near Shrivenham,
said Mr Gardiner.
Now a pre-release risk assessment sets out more
rigidly the questions custody staff need to ask if a prisoner is considered a
threat to himself, said Duty Inspector Antony Ducker of Swindon Police.
This comes after Mr Ducker reviewed the process by which prisoners are
released from police custody.
Giving evidence yesterday, he said: “There
has been an overwhelming increase in the number of referrals to the healthcare
profession in the amount of people who make indications of self-harm and
“So much so this was causing financial strain.
questions on the pre-release risk assessment are set. It asks the detainees how
they are feeling.
“It forces one’s hand to ask – Nothing is overlooked.”
This was done in paper form before being transferred to the computer
system, added Mr Ducker.
Custody Sergeant Julian Law described Spencer
as “unremarkable” who gave him “no concerns” while he was in custody.
Law admitted he didn’t know it was an obligation of his role to read prisoners’
custody records as this had not been made clear during his training.
When asked if he should have read it by solicitor Sean Horstead,
representing Mrs Spencer, Mr Law replied: “In hindsight yes.”
said it didn’t think Spencer was confused by the bail conditions set out to him
as this was Spencer’s first time in custody.
These were that he couldn’t
see his wife Wendy, he couldn’t pass any messages on to her through friends and
family and he could make one visit home but this had to be with a police
These conditions had to be adhered to before Spencer attended
Mr Law told Spencer his brother-in-law Michael Titcombe had rung
for him and passed on his phone number.
But he said Spencer didn’t ask
to call Mr Titcombe, who rang the station earlier that day to warn police
Spencer was “unstable”.
Mr Law said Spencer hadn’t been confused in
thinking the bail conditions meant he wasn’t allowed to talk to any family
Had he asked to use the phone then Mr Law said he would have
allowed it and Spencer could have arranged to be collected by Mr Titcombe from
Spencer’s antidepressant medication were not recorded on his
custody records, it also emerged. Detention officer Stewart Wakeman said was an
The inquest continues on Tuesday next week.
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First two paragraphs read: ” Mystery continues to
surround the suicide by Uttar Pradesh IAS officer Harminder Raj Singh two
days after he allegedly shot himself dead with his licensed revolver. He
was on anti-depressants for the past six months, sources close to
the family said.”
“Some of Singh’s friends in the bureaucracy are
still shocked over the death. ‘Harminder Raj Singh was of the type
who would have definitely left behind something in black in white,’
asserted a close friend who prefers anonymity. Singh’s body was cremated in
Delhi Monday afternoon.”
Uttar Pradesh IAS officer was depressed before suicide
November 30th, 2009
LUCKNOW – Mystery continues to
surround the suicide by Uttar Pradesh IAS officer Harminder Raj Singh two days
after he allegedly shot himself dead with his licensed revolver. He was on
anti-depressants for the past six months, sources close to the family
Some of Singh’s friends in the bureaucracy are still shocked over
the death. “Harminder Raj Singh was of the type who would have definitely left
behind something in black in white,” asserted a close friend who prefers
anonymity. Singh’s body was cremated in Delhi Monday afternoon.
sources close to the family said he was on anti-depressants for the past six
months, it was not clear what caused him depression necessitating regular
The Uttar Pradesh IAS Association held a condolence meeting
here Monday afternoon and paid rich tributes to Singh.
Asked if the
stress level of bureaucrats had been on the rise, association secretary Sanjay
Bhoosreddy said, “Well, stress is nothing unusual for any bureaucrat and we have
even conducted yoga camps in the past to help colleagues from getting over
stressed. But I feel there is need for more such stress management programmes
for all bureaucrats.”
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NOTE FROM Ann Blake-Tracy (www.drugawareness.org):
time or earlier in life it has been my experience that they do not do well
on antidepressants. They need to rebuild their health, not take a stimulant drug
to force their bodies to perform! Why do we push others as we do? Give them the
time they need to heal!
studied at Plumpton College, had suffered ill health as a child, which limited
her sight and held her back at school.
told me she had been depressed for several years and had been
taking anti-depressants for two
Animal lover took own life after party
and quiet girl’ who spent years bravely fighting depression took her own life
just days after her 22nd birthday, an inquest heard.
Family and friends joined
popular Natalie McCreanney at her party at Bibendum in Eastbourne town centre on
November 21 last year.
A week later, her body was
found on a secluded part of the beach, near the foot of Beachy Head.
An inquest on Tuesday heard
that Natalie, an animal lover, who studied at Plumpton College, had suffered ill
health as a child, which limited her sight and held her back at school.
Natalie paid for regular
counselling sessions for several years at the Eastbourne Clinic, but these ended
a couple of months before her death as she was thought to be too dependent on
Her regular GP, Dr Christopher Bedford-Turner, said
Natalie had taken an overdose in 2005 and later self-harmed on occasions.
On November 24 last year, she had a 15-minute chat
with Dr Caroline Hunt, a locum working at Dr Bedford-Turner’s surgery.
Dr Hunt told the inquest, “She told me she had been
depressed for several years and had been taking anti-depressants for two
“She said she had been feeling very low again. I
asked her if she had any suicidal thoughts. She was non-committal and shrugged
They discussed the possibility of increasing her
medication, Dr Hunt said, but Natalie hurried out of the surgery before the
consultation was over.
Her counsellor, Julia Ryder, said sessions with
Natalie ended after she had found a flat and a job.
“I felt it was no longer beneficial to consider
counselling indefinitely as it was not treating any specific depressive symptoms
and was more about her reliance on me and some of my colleagues.”
Mum Jackie paid tribute to her daughter, who had
‘struggled to come to terms with her illness’.
She said, “She was a quiet, sensitive girl with a
passion for animals and a group of supportive friends.”
In the last few months of her life, Natalie was
working at Debenhams and shared a flat in Barbuda Quay.
Second cousin Diane Mounir recounted an emotional
phone call Natalie made to her.
“I asked her if it was a good idea her being
there. She said, ‘I like it here’.
“She wanted to carry on talking but I cut her off
to phone 999. When I phoned her back, her phone was dead.”
Coroner Alan Craze said Natalie’s ‘general descent
into crisis’ had led to an ‘enormous tragedy’. He recorded a verdict of suicide,
while the balance of her mind was disturbed.
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Paragraph nine reads: “Dean was receiving psychiatric
help and was taking anti-depressants. He had also become
further depressed after a friend of his, a landlord at a local pub whom he
confided in, had hung himself last November.”
Castleford: Bullied teen hangs himself
Date: 26 November 2009
A bullied Castleford teenager was found hanged at
his home with lyrics from a hardcore rock song scrawled on his arm.
Dean Booth, 18, was found by his horrified mum hanging from a loft hatch. He had
placed a computer cord around his neck.
From the age of 15 he was
tormented by school bullies and developed depression and anger management
Speaking at an inquest into his death, grieving mum Margaret said
she believed this was a cry for help and he had not intended to kill
The trainee auctioneer, from Castleford had written the words
‘Bestrafe Mich’ – German for ‘Punish Me’ on his arms – lyrics from German rock
The hearing at Wakefield Coroner’s Court on Wednesday
heard he had tried to hang himself on several previous occasions, and even tried
to hurl himself in front of cars to escape his tormentors.
statement read: “Since earlier this year, he had started scratching his arm,
causing superficial marks. About a week before he died he injured his arm with a
nail gun. I couldn’t say whether this was intentional or an
“This was a cry for help rather than intending to take his own
She added he had been singled out by bullies at Castleford High
School. On September 15, they had visited a takeaway before going to bed at
11.30pm. She found him hanging at 6.30am the next morning.
receiving psychiatric help and was taking anti-depressants. He had also become
further depressed after a friend of his, a landlord at a local pub whom he
confided in, had hung himself last November.
A post-mortem examination
found he had 121mg of alcohol in 100ml of blood, which would have had a
“significant effect on his moodset and cognitive skills”.
open verdict, Coroner Mary Burke said: “His past attempts to harm himself had
always followed the use of alcohol. In May there was an incident when he had
been out drinking and tried to jump in front of cars.
“His response when
asked why he had done this is that he had no memory of doing it. So at the time,
and subsequently, he didn’t realise what he was doing.
“Clearly he was
under the influence of alcohol on the day of his death. Based on the evidence I
am not clear or sure what Dean’s intentions were at the time and I’m certainly
not satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that Dean intended to take his own
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First two paragraphs read: “A former Bolton School pupil
who suffered from “dark moods” took a fatal overdose of
anti-depressants, an inquest heard.
Fay Turner died
aged just 20 in July after a row with her ex-boyfriend.
‘Dark moods’ of overdose former pupil
27th November 2009
A FORMER Bolton School pupil who suffered from “dark
moods” took a fatal overdose of anti-depressants, an inquest heard.
Fay Turner died aged just 20 in July after a row with her ex-boyfriend.
The overdose of prescribed medication was the latest in a number taken by Miss
Turner, who had a history of mental health illnesses including anorexia and
Miss Turner’s father, Philip Turner, of Andrew Lane, Bolton,
described his daughter as a bright girl.
In her early teens she
developed anorexia and was referred to the mental health services for help.
But she left the private school with good GCSE
results, he added.
Mr Turner said: “She was complex, she was very
bright, very perceptive. She did have image problems but at the same time she
was very gregarious and popular.”
Miss Turner dropped out of Turton
School sixth form after doing the first year of her A-level course after her
“mental health deteriorated”.
At the time of her death, she was an art
student at Bolton Community College, with aspirations to go to university to
become a primary school art teacher.
But the inquest heard she would
react to problems in an “impulsive and spontaneous” way and had on previous
occasions called an ambulance after taking an overdose.
On July 20, Miss
Turner was living in Rutland Drive, Bolton, after splitting from her boyfriend,
Ashley Smith, aged 20.
On that day they had a row and, he told the
inquest, he left to go for a walk.
When he arrived back at Rutland Drive
he found empty tablet packets on the floor. He said that when Miss Turner came
downstairs she was acting “really weird, slurring her words and stopping and
She tried to call for an ambulance, but Mr Smith
stepped in and called the emergency services himself. Miss Turner died later in
Assistant deputy coroner Peter Watson, recording an open
verdict, was “not satisfied” she intended to take her life when she took the
He added that despite support from her family, Miss Turner
“acted impulsively and spontaneously to problems that confronted her” when
suffering from “dark moods”.
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Paragraph 7 reads: “Sure, he had been under a doctor’s
care, taking medication, but apparently ‘the black
dog,’ as Winston Churchill once called depression, started
howling so fiercely last Sunday that one of Georgia’s top legislators couldn’t
silence it. Those who suffer from depression are the first to know it is
hardly a simple disease.”
Roy Exum: A Suicide Is Foiled
by Roy Exum
posted November 15,
Glenn Richardson is the Speaker of
the House in the Georgia legislature. He has been elected to represent those in
the Dallas/Hiram part of the state seven straight times and, when he became
Speaker in 2003, he was the first Republican chosen since Reconstruction.
Earlier this year, he was unanimously chosen as the legislature’s leader for the
third straight time.
In short, he doesn’t fail at many things, but a week
ago he tried to commit suicide. Because of quick action by emergency teams in
Paulding County, his life was spared and, in a moving story that appeared in
Saturday’s Atlanta newspaper, he courageously admitted he fights severe
depression and will use the near-tragedy to better suicide prevention.
His was hardly a publicity stunt or a novel way of attracting
voters. He doesn’t need that. But the anguish in his coming forward, readily
admitting his human flaw, shows that if depression can lay its thick and
suffocating blanket on state legislator Glenn Richardson, it can be a very black
cloud over any of us.
“While depression often seems to be resolved on
occasion, when personal trials or tribulations arise, it flares back up,”
Richardson said in his public statement. “That is what occurred with me. My
depression became so severe that I took substantial steps to do harm to myself
and to take my own life. I am thankful that because of medical intervention I
have instead been able to now receive help and support.”
A couple of
years ago Richardson and his wife were divorced in a high-profile case of a
marriage that was “irretrievably broken.” The couple has three children and
apparently Glenn has never shaken the pain of the divorce. Anyone who has ever
gone through a divorce can understand that, most especially if grief-stricken
children are watching.
“I ask that the media use discernment if they
report this and remember my friends and family who are also hurting,” his
statement read. “I fully believe this has and will continue to push me to find
my best self and use my position of leadership to raise awareness and let others
know they are not alone. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers.”
he had been under a doctor’s care, taking medication, but apparently “the black
dog,” as Winston Churchill once called depression, started howling so fiercely
last Sunday that one of Georgia’s top legislators couldn’t silence it. Those who
suffer from depression are the first to know it is hardly a simple
So instead of giving in to the problem and giving up his
standing in the Georgia House after Sunday night’s scare, Glenn is now going
“public,” urging others to “stay in the game” rather than commit what has been
called “life’s most selfish act” because suicide leaves so many living victims
in its wake.
Both Republicans and Democrats applauded his courage Friday.
Speaker Pro Tem Mark Burkhalter (R-Johns Creek), called Richardson a “brilliant
political leader and dear friend.”
“Most importantly, each of us is
praying for him and his family,” Burkhalter told newspaper reporters. “His
willingness to share this difficult experience clearly demonstrates his amazing
courage. Speaker Richardson is a true champion, and we in the House of
Representatives look forward to his continued leadership and
DuBose Porter (D-Dublin) is the House Minority leader and
added his “thoughts and prayers are with Glenn and his family. I am glad he
sought the help that he needed to. People need to know many people suffer from
depression and there is help that can be provided for that. I am thankful he got
the help he needed.”
So the lesson is not to point out how the strong
have fallen, but rather that those who suffer are not alone. There is help
available no matter where you are, who you are, or how insignificant the disease
might tend to make you feel you are.
The bottom line is that somebody
needs each of us. In the state of Georgia literally millions rely on Glen
Richardson’s wisdom and leadership. He’ll be the first to tell you today that no
matter how black the darkness may be, there is a way out of the maze of severe
depression if you’ll call on others to hold your hand until the professionals
who walk among us can cease its trembling.
Thank God that is what Glenn
Richardson did just last
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