ANTIDEPRESSANTS??? Suicide: Ariel Castro OH Man Guilty of Kidnapping 3 Women


Ariel Castro


Is this yet another high profile example of what is going on in jails and prisons with the massive use of antidepressants with no concern about FDA warnings of abrupt changes in dose? Was he or was he not on antidepressants to produce his suicide?

And if so, when did he began taking them? We do know he was on suicide watch after being arrested but had been taken off suicide watch. Was he given antidepressants at that time or had he been on them for years?

We do know that his 19 year old daughter, Emily Castro, was on antidepressants when she slashed her baby’s throat ( and was found guilty … so we know that this is a group of drugs considered helpful by his family.

I know three young women and a little girl as well as the families of all involved who need answers as to when his use of an antidepressant might have begun. He said he had an addition to pornography that led him to do what he did to the three girls he kept in captivity. Was that addiction an aquired addiction or a nymphomanic reaction to an antidepressant?

What many are also not aware of is the practice of so many jails and prisons of taking a patient currently on an antidepressant and switching them to the antidepressant approved by their own particular facility. (What determines their leaning toward a particular antidepressant needs to be investigated for kickbacks in my opinion.) Or often a jail or prison will refuse to give them their prescribed medication for a period of time after their arrest. Yet the FDA has warned that any abrupt change in dose, whether increasing or decreasing a dose can produce suicide, hostility or psychosis. Or course the practice of switching antidepressants would magnify the risks because it would involve both the abrupt change of both an abrupt decrease of the current drug as well as an abrupt increase of the new drug.

The withholding of his antidepressant is what happened in the suicide of Don Lapre, the bubbly late night entrepreneur, who was awaiting trial over a vitamin multilevel deal that had gone belly up. But he committed suicide due to the abrupt change in dose by the jail in AZ. ( )

No matter what opinion anyone has of these people who are incarcerated for various crimes or alleged crimes – crimes which may have been caused by toxic reactions to these very medications, what the jails and prisons are doing is wrong and they should be held accountable for wrongful death with the FDA warnings about this as clear as they are. This is a practice that must end.

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 long warned can be even more dangerous than staying on the drugs! The FDA warns that any abrupt change in dose of an antidepressant can produce suicide, hostility or psychosis. And these reactions can come on very rapidly! Find the CD here:

Ann Blake Tracy, Executive Director,
International Coalition for Drug Awareness &
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!”

Original article on Ariel Castro’s suicide:

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DEPRESSION MED: Fireman Holds Daughter’s Fiance at Gunpoint: New Jersey

Paragraph six reads:  “Humphrey takes
medication for migraines, depression
and ADD, and he had a migraine on the night of the offense,
Luther added.”

Hebron man gets probation for abduction

Columbus firefighter held daughter’s fiancé at gunpoint in August

BY JESSIE BALMERT • Advocate Reporter • September 24,

NEWARK — A Columbus firefighter from Hebron was sentenced to a
maximum of five years of community control Wednesday morning after pleading
guilty to driving his stepdaughter’s fiancé around town at gunpoint.

E. Humphrey, 53, last known address 7589 Lancaster Road, Hebron, pleaded guilty
to one count each of abduction, a third-degree felony; improperly handling
firearms in a motor vehicle, a fourth-degree felony; and domestic violence, a
first-degree misdemeanor. A three-year firearm specification was

Licking County Common Pleas Judge Jon Spahr also required
Humphrey to complete a mental health program, surrender all firearms and have no
contact with his stepdaughter’s fiancé. The maximum sentence Humphrey could have
faced for the charges was six years and six months in prison for the felony
charges served consecutively and six months in jail for the domestic violence

Licking County Assistant Prosecutor Dan Huston recommended
community control because that was the suggestion of law enforcement and the
victims. Humphrey had no previous felony offenses.

“My concern, your
honor, is the character that Mark presented on Aug. 20 is not who Mark is,” said
George Luther, Humphrey’s attorney.

Humphrey takes medication for
migraines, depression and ADD, and he had a migraine on the night of the
offense, Luther added.

On Aug. 20, 2008, Humphrey found his
stepdaughter’s fiancé in his home, awakened his wife with screams and threatened
her, his stepdaughter and her fiancé with a loaded .45-caliber handgun,
according to court documents.

Humphrey followed his wife and stepdaughter
into the bedroom, where he backhanded the stepdaughter, causing injury, court
documents said.

When the fiancé left the house, Humphrey pursued him and
threatened to burn down the home with the people inside, court documents

He then caught the fiancé and told him to get into his pickup
truck, in which he was keeping a handgun, according to court documents. Humphrey
and the man, whom he was holding at gunpoint, drove around until Humphrey was
arrested by Hebron police, according to court documents.

“The night was a
snowball of hysteria and confusion that resulted in many poor choices,” Luther

Humphrey, who has served as a Columbus firefighter for 21 years,
said he has been a law-abiding citizen for most of his life and would like to
return to being a productive resident of Licking County. Several family members
rely on Humphrey’s salary and health insurance to treat their illnesses,
including his stepdaughter’s child, who was born with birth defects, Luther

“He is so remorseful for that,” Luther said. “I just don’t see that
type of action repeating itself.”

Several Columbus firefighters, along
with his family, were in attendance to support Humphrey, who resupplies the tool
room for the fire department, Luther said. Humphrey’s job as a firefighter is in
jeopardy because of the conviction, Luther said.

Jessie Balmert can be
reached at (740) 328-8548 or

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