DEPRESSION MED: Assault: Also Involved Alcohol: Australia

Second paragraph from the end reads: “The court heard that on the day of the assault, Smith had been drinking and also took medication to treat depression.”

SSRI Stories Note: The Physicians Desk Reference states that antidepressants can cause a craving for alcohol and alcohol abuse. Also, the liver cannot metabolize the antidepressant and the alcohol simultaneously, thus leading to higher levels of both alcohol and the antidepressant in the human body.

Boatie in court over punches
Tim Howard | 19th June 2009

HIJINKS on the high seas off Minnie Water in early February culminated in Grafton Local Court this week.

Ross Smith, 63, of Hiawatha Drive, Minnie Water, appeared in court on Monday on a charge of common assault.

Police facts said on February 7 Smith threatened to run over the victim of the assault.

After the victim’s wife intervened, Smith assaulted the victim with a flurry of punches. There were no injuries from the assault.

The court heard that tension between the two men started a week earlier when the victim’s boat collided with Smith’s boat at Minnie Water.

NSW Waterways and police were called to the incident.

The court heard that on the day of the assault, Smith had been drinking and also took medication to treat depression.

Magistrate Kim Pogson agreed that the assault was at the low end of the scale. He convicted Smith, but ordered the conviction not be recorded. He also placed him on a 12-month good behaviour bond.

Posted in Recent Cases Blog.

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!”

She has specialized since 1990 in adverse reactions to serotonergic medications (such as Prozac, Sarafem, Zoloft, Paxil, Luvox, Celexa, Lexapro, Effexor, Serzone, Remeron, Anafranil, Fen-Phen, Redux and Meridia as well as the new atypical antipsychotics Zyprexa, Geodon, Seroquel and Abilify), as well as pain killers, and has testified before the FDA and congressional subcommittee members on antidepressants.

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