WHAT ARE THESE REPORTERS ON?!!!!

  WHAT ARE THESE REPORTERS ON?!!!!! 
 
Ft. Lauderdale shooter thought the government was using mind control on him & he was right!
Back in 1995, the editor of the Washington Post admitted that 45% of their reporters were on the first SSRI antidepressant, Prozac. This is a drug known to turn brain cells into corkscrew shapes & produce hallucinations via serotonin the same way LSD & PCP do, although more gradually thereby producing the psychosis more subtly. This makes it appear the patient is going gradually insane, rather than it being a drug effect. This is the type of drug behind every mass shooting in the past several decades with side effects known (documented) to produce both suicidal & homicidal ideation. These drugs alter both the thinking as well as behavior!
These reporters basically give every piece of evidence that this shooter was being “treated” with these drugs & THEN THEY ASK WHAT THE MOTIVE WAS???!!!! HELLO?!!!!! After 30 years of working as an expert in these cases, I pray for juries with more brain function than what these reporters have demonstrated in this news report!!
Now take a look at this database of thousands of cases & see if you can see the common denominator!! www.SSRIstories.net

783 total views, 1 views today

DR. DAVE JANDA ON ADOPTION, ABORTION & OUR COUNTRY’S FUTURE

Last night in President Trump’s State of the Union address the one thing I was most grateful to hear was that he is going to ask Congress to make late-term abortions illegal nationwide, thereby overturning what just happened in New York & was attempted in Virginia.

For those of us familiar with the effects of these antidepressant & other serotonergic medications, like the anti-psychotic, stop smoking medications, headache medications, etc. are well aware of the fact that nearly every mother killing her child over the past 30 years was taking an antidepressant at the time. So hopefully you would also be aware that the rate of mothers milling their children BEFORE they are born is also very high. Hearing about young women giving birth to a baby & throwing it into the garbage or leaving it in a toilet to die was basically unheard of before the SSRIs as well. But when you are on a drug patients have long called the “I don’t give a damn!” drugs, drugs known to produce rage & extreme violence & homicidal ideation, & drugs also known to be found in 86% of the cases of REM Sleep Disorder where you act out your worst nightmare in a sleep state – the most deadly of sleep disorders long known to include both murder & suicide, why would that drug not also contribute greatly to the killing of hour child before it is born? We know these drugs produce “increased libido” as a side effect & nymphomania (manic sexual compulsions) which lead to the listed side effect of “unwanted pregnancy”. All of those adverse effects are certainly going to add to a higher rate of abortion. Please keep those thoughts in mind as you listen to Dr. Dave Janda’s comments on this issue below…so refreshing to hear a doctor comment with wisdom! You will appreciate his stand on their oath to “do no harm”…

Dr. Janda, I have not seen a better & more thorough response to this absolutely insane move by NY & VA on abortion laws. Both of my children are adopted & I have always been SO VERY GRATEFUL to their mothers for not choosing to abort their babies, but instead giving me the privilege of raising them as my own! They are my greatest blessing bringing more joy & wisdom than anything else ever possibly could! You are exactly correct in calling this what it really is “infanticide” – the worst form of murder – shedding the blood of the most innocent among us! I thank you & am sharing this with my several thousand followers now.

Impact of Antidepressants Upon Our Society

As some of the comments below stated, we are living out the nightmarish prediction laid out in George Orwell’s book, 1984. We are definitely there. My book on antidepressants first published in 1994 has a chapter asking the question, “In 1994 how far into 1984 are we?” An entire chapter showing how these drugs, with glaring evidence they were ordered by the CIA to replace the LSD Congress banned in 1966, would usher in Orwell’s all too real prediction of things to come. Understanding how these drugs affect the brain & behavior is critical in understanding how the drugs would usher in the 1984 scenario for this country & sadly now our entire world.

The Direct Attack Upon Christians

Satan knew exactly WHO to attack as Christian women have for some time now have become the highest users of these deadly drugs. And to my shock, I learned only two weeks ago that 1 out of 5 pregnancies end in abortion, while 1 out of 3 abortions performed were on church-going Christian women! The future of Christianity is clearly under full attack!

The article below on spirituality & sorcery was written at the request of a high profile reverend friend of mine & explains how antidepressants would cause this & how we were warned in clear terms in Revelations that this would happen:

Spirituality and Sorcery

1,877 total views, 3 views today

ANTIDEPRESSANT CONNECTION TO LSD & PCP – ELI LILLY PATENTED LSD 2/28/1956

Someone on Facebook shared with me a website on the “benefits” of LSD to get my response to this website that really upset her. The following is the comment I posted on their site to help them to see how insane what they have posted about LSD having “benefits” is and where it all came from! I thought you would find this information very interesting, especially if you have not yet learned it in reading my book on antidepressants, Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? Our Serotonin Nightmare!

LSD & PCP MIMIC SEROTONIN TO PRODUCE HALLUCINATIONS

First you should know that LSD and PCP produce their hallucinogenic effects via mimicking serotonin. That is right, the same chemical you have heard so much about as a happy, warm, cuddly neurotransmitter that everyone needs to increase, especially if you are anxious or depressed!!! So as the serotonin level increases over time, rather than an instant reaction like when you take a hit of LSD, this LSD reaction takes place over a period of time as the serotonin increases to a toxic level. So in this gradual process of building the serotonin levels it appears that YOU are the one going insane, rather than the drug producing the instant insanity you can get from LSD while it mimics the neurotransmitter, serotonin.
This site did not even mention that Sandoz initially introduced LSD as a way to CHEMICALLY INDUCE INSANITY so that scientists could learn HOW psychosis is created! The site gives a long list of “benefits” of LSD and then lists all that LSD  supposedly treats again as the side effects of LSD! So just like antidepressants it causes what they are telling you the drug treats!!!! See why I always have said it sounds like Eli Lilly pulled out all their old marketing materials on LSD, which they patented the end of February, 1956, to use in marketing their new “slow fuse LSD” in the form of their antidepressants – Prozac and Cymbalta?!
Find the link to this website I am responding to below my comments and links to additional information and PLEASE remember in sharing this information to anyone taking any one of these new serotonergic drugs in the form of an SSRI or SNRI antidepressant drug or in an atypical antipsychotic drug that they NEED to know how to wean safely off these drugs or it could be disastrous! So share with them our website www.drugawareness.org so they can see how to get the help they need in doing this. It has been my experience that doctors wean patients WAY TOO FAST, as they once did with steroids causing those patients to go psychotic, becausethey do not understand the reasons why safe withdrawal must be so gradual.

MY COMMENT ON THE LSD CONNECTION TO ANTIDEPRESSANT

“Wow! How did you get hold of Eli Lilly’s old marketing material for LSD?!! That clearly is what you have posted here, right? But  of course missing from your material would be that Eli Lilly patented the synthetic version of LSD in early 1956 at the request of the CIA. The CIA wanted massive amounts to use in their mind control projects during the Korean war. (Hmmm…wonder if North Korea’s current leader found one of the CIA’s old stashes of LSD which would certainly explain his behavior! Or perhaps he is just using one of their newer “slow fuse” versions which have a strong effect upon Orientals – explained below.)

LSD WAS ORIGINALLY MARKETED TO CHEMICALLY INDUCE PSYCHOSIS


PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL LISTED LSD TOXICITY SYMPTOMS ARE IDENTICAL TO
SEROTONIN SYNDROME  – A CONDITION WHERE THE SEROTONIN LEVELS BECOME ELEVATED TO POTENTIALLY FATAL LEVELS & ALSO A SIDE EFFECT OF ALL ANTIDEPRESSANTS & ATYPICAL ANTIPSYCHOTICS
Also missing is any information on how LSD was used before Lilly’s patent is missing from your post as well. You would think though that most people reading about LSD certainly would want to know that Sandoz Pharmaceutical who first offered LSD (in its natural state – ergot fungus) had it listed as a way to chemically induce insanity so that scientists could see how insanity is caused. Obviously their honest marketing of the drug was a total failure as no one stood in line to take the drug for that reason (Gee I wonder why?!! LOL!)

AFTER ELI LILLY MARKETED LSD IT BECAME A MIRACLE CURE FOR MENTAL ILLNESS

So Lilly with their marketing brilliance and amazing ability to buy medical research ghost written to perfection, (See this example where they bought/bribed the approval of their new “slow fuse” version of LSD, Prozac: (https://www.drugawareness.org/meet-dr-john-virapen-the-man-who-bought-prozacs-approval/) at that point decided to come up with the material you have posted here to promote their latest “Wonder Drug” and had people lining up to take LSD voluntarily! (Apparently all those people lining up to take LSD had trouble comparing the risks to the benefits in order to see the massive discrepancies that showed the drug actually CAUSED everything they were marketing it to treat – or maybe they just never bothered to read the list like patients and their drug pushing/drugged up doctors of today do not read them.)

FAR MORE SPENT BY PHARMA ON MARKETING THAN RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT

Is it any wonder Lilly, as most pharma companies, spend FAR more on marketing than they do on research and development?! $ell, $ell, $ell, is their bottom line! Along with what we MIGHT logically surmise as more sinister motives when considering their history and those with whom they associate.
But now that Lilly has their “slow fuse” version of LSD, their so called “antidepressants” Prozac and Cymbalta, flooding the market over the past three decades, along with all the other Prozac clones (like Zoloft, Paxil, Celexa, Lexapro, Effexor, etc.) society has been able to witness firsthand how well these drugs produce insanity in normal subjects:  www.SSRIstories.NET! So now Sandoz can use this for their far more honest marketing of LSD as a product to chemically induce insanity.

CIA PUBLICLY REQUESTS A NEW DRUG FROM PHARMA AFTER CONGRESS BANNED LSD – HERE COMES PROZAC!

(For additional information on the similarity between LSD and antidepressants you can find that in my book Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? Our Serotonin Nightmare! with a portion of that  information included in the post below including the CIA’s public request for another drug from Pharma after LSD was pulled from the market by Congress banning the drug.)

HISTORY OF ANTIDEPRESSANTS: WHERE DID YOUR MEDICATION COME FROM?

CLICK THE LINK TO READ MORE: https://www.drugawareness.org/history-of-antidepressants-just-where-did-your-medication-come-from/

SEE INFORMATION BELOW ON MY CD ON SAFE WITHDRAWAL

BECAUSE WITHDRAWAL DONE INCORRECTLY CAN BE

MORE DANGEROUS THAN STAYING ON THE DRUGS CAN BE!

Original article I am responding to above:

Top 10 Health Benefits of LSD and Potential Risks and Side Effects (Lysergic acid Diethylamide)

12,376 total views, 5 views today

Zoloft – an enemy attacking me

SSRI survivor Stories – Zoloft

Dear Ann,

Reading on Face Book where you made mention of Andrea Roberts shooting her husband and two children two weeks after starting on Zoloft. That really does give me a chill.

You might remember my testimony for Jesus, how that after being on Zoloft for two weeks exactly. I had this strange episode where I fell into a violent hallucination not knowing anything or anyone. It was like being plunged into another dimension of pure murderous rage where I was a mindless vicious animal. And my Mother who was the only one near by, was perceived as being an enemy attacking me.

It was a nightmare state of delusion like a false reality. And my eyes were suddenly flashing around the room to find an object to grab as a weapon. It was like watching out through my eyes as this scene unfolded, like as if I was not in control at all. And yet at the very same time, being aware that I was this other person who was totally in control. But yet not having the power or reason to even know if what was happening was even right or wrong. It was what being ”demon possessed” is like. And I was suddenly there in this demonic dimension where ”kill or be killed” seemed to be the only options. It was like a state of pure murderous rage.

Yet just when my eyes locked on a two by four piece of wood, the Holy Spirit within me snapped me out of this evil spell. In that I suddenly remembered who Mom was and I was hit with the evil horror of what I was about to do. Drugs like Zoloft which are like PCP and LSD combined open the soul to demons.

I realize that no one can be taken seriously bringing up this aspect of things in the secular fight against these drugs. And there is certainly enough medical and physical evidence to their danger without even considering the spiritual reality at play. I just want people to know that as a true Believer in Jesus and praying in Jesus Name, pleading the protective power of the shed blood of Jesus Christ over ourselves and loved ones. Especially those forced to take these drugs. – It can and will protect them from such attacks. We have the power to bind the dark forces of Satan and connecting the dots it is not hard to make the Occult / Conspiracy connection between these drugs and the agenda of the Occult powers that be in high places.

After the Holy Spirit snapped me out of that spell, saving both Mom and myself, as well as our loved ones from that horror which Satan intended to cause that day. I went outside away from Mom (Who didn’t even know what almost took place.) and I began to cry heavily, thinking I was demon possessed or totally insane. I can tell you for 100% percent certainty that demon spirits are always involved in these murders and murder suicides. That evil I remember feeling was pure demonic. I also know that it was no coincidence that I turned on my radio later that very evening after praying all day for an answer from God. Wondering how such a thing could have happened.

What were the chances that I would come across you doing a Radio interview about Zoloft and listening as you talked about case after case of people who killed others and themselves after being on Zoloft for two weeks. Only God Himself could have pre-arranged that radio interview to air that very day when I needed most desperately to hear it for some real answers.

That was back in 2001. – My Mom just passed away a couple weeks ago. (9-16-13) She died the death of a righteous soul in such peace as she saw either an angel or Jesus waiting at the foot of her bed. She suddenly looked right at me then looked away towards the foot of the bed. What ever she saw made her smile really big and then in the twinkling of an eye she was instantly gone. She was not on any drug to numb her and there was no painful struggle. There was no fear or uncertainty. We watched as she just smiled so peacefully and instantly left this world behind.

Mom’s life could have ended so differently back in 2001. – Myself and my family escaped the horrors that so many others face in these tragic and needless murder / murder suicides.

During that season in 2001 when this took place. I was in prayer often asking God to place a hedge of protection round about myself and my loved ones. I’m not talking about quick tearless prayers. But I believe earnest prayer and seeking the face of God will indeed produce supernatural results against the supernatural forces of Satan.

It is my prayer that this testimony might help others to escape the destructive plans of the Devil which he has against all our lives. If anyone doubts this reality of Satan, then they are calling Jesus a liar. For Jesus said: ”The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” John 10:10

It is also written:
6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:
7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
9 Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.
1st Peter 5:6-9

Thank You Ann Blake Tracy for being there for God to use when I needed you most. And also for the work you do.
May God Bless and Keep You and protect you and yours in Jesus Name. Amen

Raymond Pena

1,561 total views, 2 views today

3/30/2001 – LSD to Prozac and back to LSD?!

In the last half century we have witnessed Eli Lilly bring America LSD and
then Prozac. Now that the public has been brainwashed about the “benefits” of
Prozac and its clones, it is time to once again attempt to sell us on LSD.
After admitting in this article the truth of the argument I have made for ten
years against the SSRI antidepressants – they work like LSD in the brain (”
Nichols says there is some indication these drugs work on the serotonin
pathway in the brain, the same target of the selective serotonin reuptake
inhibitor drugs Prozac, Paxil and Zoloft, used to treat depression, anxiety
and obsessive compulsive disorder.”) they now work to sell us on the
“benefits” of LSD. After all, if we can as a society have given similar drugs
– the SSRIs – such a warm welcome, we must now be ready to accept LSD, the
CIA’s drug of choice for a mind control experimentation, with welcome arms as
well.

Has the world gone completely mad?! Obviously! We now have the National
Institute on Drug Abuse encouraging us to use a drug, already declared
dangerous and of no medical use, when they are suppose to educate us on the
dangers of it. Perhaps the name of the institute should be changed to the
National Institute for Production of Drug Abuse. At this point it would
certainly be more appropriate. Clearly they are counting on their lack of
educating the public about drugs to have produced enough public ignorance of
drugs and their effects so as to allow them to get away with this one. As I
have said repeatedly, the drug companies count on our memory loss. They
expect us to forget within a generation our experience with a drug and then
pull the same drug on us again. They generally give it a new name, or a new
twist, but the more you learn about drugs, the more you realize that the
drugs remain the same.

Obviously on this one they are counting on mass stupidity among the general
population for its acceptance. I would hope that everyone of you is working
as hard as you can to educate all around you to the dangers of these drugs.
Time is of the essence! If you have not yet figured out that we are in a
battle for our lives, you have missed something. Our society as we have known
it and our future is at stake. The Brave New World is here. And with them
feeling so confident as to take such a bold and blatant step as this all that
can be said at this point is, “God help us all!”

Ann Blake-Tracy, Executive Director,
International Coalition For Drug Awareness
www.drugawareness.org

http://abcnews.go.com/sections/living/DailyNews/hallucinogen010322.html

A computer-generated model of the LSD molecule. (Heffter Institute)

MedicalHallucinogens?

Researchers Studying Possible Medical Use of LSD, Peyote, Psilocybin

By Robin Eisner

N E W Y O R K, March 22 Could shrooms or LSD help the mentally ill?

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
Hallucinogens Among Oldest Drugs
Trials Must Be Rigorously Designed
Critics: Risks Outweigh Benefits

At Harvard, a psychiatrist is studying whether the hallucinogenic cactus
peyote creates any long-term memory or attention problems in the American
Indians who take the drug as part of religious rituals.

A University of Arizona psychiatrist is poised to begin researching whether
taking the hallucinogen psilocybin under controlled circumstances may help
people suffering with obsessive compulsive disorder.

And another Harvard psychiatrist is in the beginning phases of designing a
protocol that may employ LSD or another hallucinogen to see if it helps
terminally ill people suffering from depression and pain.

With some support from the private New Mexico-based Heffter Institute, these
researchers, along with others in the United States and abroad, represent a
small movement of scientists looking at the possible medical benefits of
hallucinogens for some psychiatric conditions.

Hallucinogens Among Oldest Drugs

Hallucinogens are among the oldest known group of drugs that have been used
for their ability to alter human perception and mood, according to the Drug
Enforcement Agency. They have been used for medical, social and religious
practices.

More recently, synthetic hallucinogens have been used recreationally, with
hippies from the ’60s, such as the now deceased ex-Harvard psychology
professor Timothy Leary, first promoting their use with the famous slogan,
Turn on, Tune in, Drop Out.

Today, hallucinogens are deemed drugs of abuse by the DEA, with no known
medical benefit. Approximately 8 percent to 10 percent of high school
seniors tried a hallucinogen in the past year according to a University of
Michigan study of drug use.

It remains unclear how these drugs exert their action in the brain, but
anecdotal evidence and some earlier studies indicate they may help a variety
of psychiatric conditions, says David E. Nichols, founder of the Heffter
Institute, in Santa Fe, and professor of medical chemistry and molecular
pharmacology at Purdue School of Pharmacy in West Lafayette, Ind.

Nichols says there is some indication these drugs work on the serotonin
pathway in the brain, the same target of the selective serotonin reuptake
inhibitor drugs Prozac, Paxil and Zoloft, used to treat depression, anxiety
and obsessive compulsive disorder.

He founded the institute in 1993 to help give scientific credibility to
medical research on hallucinogens. After years of fund-raising, the
institute now has enough money to help scientists do serious research.

Trials Must Be Rigorously Designed

Since opinions are so strongly held about hallucinogens, it is essential
that any studies in this area be performed with the most rigorous modern
methods and great care to have an impartial approach, says Dr. Harrison
Pope, professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, who is leading the
four-year peyote study in American Indians.

Funded largely by the National Institute of Drug Abuse and Heffter, Popes
group will be comparing three populations of American Indians peyote users
in religious ceremonies, alcoholics, and local tribespeople to see if
peyote use is associated with cognitive problems.

Pope is also developing a trial to follow up on studies from the ’60s and
’70s suggesting that hallucinogens helped ease anxiety and depression in the
terminally ill and also reduced their need for pain medication.

The challenge is to design the study in such a way that if the drug shows
benefits, skeptics are convinced, and if it doesnt help, proponents of
hallucinogenic use dont challenge the research as inadequate, Pope says.

Psilocybin mushroom

These studies take time to develop to get that scientific imprimatur. They
also need to get review, by local medical institutions and governmental
regulatory authorities. The DEA and the FDA is still reviewing a protocol by
Dr. Francisco Moreno, an assistant professor of psychiatry at the University
of Arizona in Tucson, hoping to study a chemically synthesized psilocybin
for obsessive-compulsives. His hospital gave him permission to start the
study.

A protocol of psilocybin and depression in Switzerland also is undergoing
revision before it is submitted to the government authorities there, Nichols
says.

Critics: Risks Outweigh Benefits

Some scientists, however, question the potential risks of these studies.

The problem with this kind of research is that when average people hear or
read about them in this preliminary stage they might think these drugs could
be good for them now, says Una McCann, associate professor of psychiatry at
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. But it remains unknown until the studies
are finished, McCann says.

Dr. Gregory Collins the director of the Alcohol and Drug Recovery program at
the Cleveland Clinic, in Cleveland, Ohio, believes the risks outweigh any
benefits.

Some of these drugs have been shown to have long-term consequences in
healthy people, Collins says. I would be reluctant to try them in the
mentally ill.

Nichols, however, defends the research. I think we will find some medical
benefit of these drugs, Nichols says. There is no other drug class that
doesnt have some medical utility.

1,768 total views, no views today

11/02/2000 – Easy Answer May Not Be the Right One

Finally after all these years of working to get this information to
an unsuspecting public, the New York Times is reporting what I
have been writing about, lecturing about, testifying to, etc. all of
this time—that the SSRIs (Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, etc.) work like
LSD.

As I say on the front of my book `Prozac: Panacea or Pandora?,”
“Turning the 90’s upside down to relive the 60’s.”

This group of drugs was introduced by the same drug company
that gave us LSD, Eli Lilly Pharmaceutical!

Dr. Howard Markel deserves a medal for getting this critical
information to the New York Times. I urge all of you to get this
New York Times article to your local media and get them to
reprint the article. I am sick of seeing so many die or have their
lives destroyed because the media is not printing the truth about
these dangerous drugs.

Ann Blake-Tracy, Executive Director,
International Coalition For Drug Awareness
www.drugawareness.org

http://www.nytimes.com/2000/10/24/science/24CASE.html

October 24, 2000

Cases: Easy Answer May Not Be the Right One
By HOWARD MARKEL, M.D.

About the Author

Dr. Markel is an associate professor of pediatrics and
communicable diseases and of history at the University of
Michigan.

—————————————————-
Steve is a 17-year-old with a scraggly goatee, a propensity to
wear Grateful Dead T- shirts and a strange medical complaint. A
few months earlier, in response to symptoms of clinical
depression, I had placed him on Prozac, a selective serotonin
reuptake inhibitor, known as S.S.R.I.

Although he no longer complained of sadness, poor
concentration and boredom, the problems that gave occasion to
his being prescribed Prozac, he was now experiencing frequent
disturbances of color and occasional moments when people he
was looking at transformed into cartoonlike figures.

Unfortunately, I paid too little attention to his complaint and
reflexively reached for my prescription pad to switch his
medication from Prozac to Zoloft, the equivalent of switching from
Coke to Pepsi, hoping that a different S.S.R.I. might solve the
problem. Because these episodes weren’t particularly
distressing to Steve, we agreed to see each other within a
month. But my therapeutic intervention accomplished nothing,
and, again, I switched him to still another S.S.R.I.

At a later visit, Steve admitted that until seven months ago, when
he was caught selling pot at his high school, he had been a
“garbagehead.” In teenage parlance this means that whatever
drug he came in contact with ˜ alcohol, marijuana, Ecstasy,
over-the-counter cold remedies, you name it ˜ Steve consumed
it, and often daily.

But for the past few years, his drug of choice was LSD. Until he
was arrested and required to enroll in a strict drug abstinence
program, Steve tripped weekly. When we met, he had been clean
for about five months but the episodes he was complaining
about reminded him of “when I was tripping on acid.”

Doctors who treat adolescents deal with drug abuse almost as
often as other pediatricians encounter ear infections; but Steve’s
LSD use was particularly troubling because, like many
physicians, I had little experience recognizing or treating the
problems that can result from it Indeed, before meeting Steve,
LSD was more of historical interest to me than practical or
clinical value: a quaint relic from the flower-power era of the late
1960’s and early 70’s.

As a matter of fact, LSD is again emerging as a serious concern
to pediatricians and parents alike. According to the Monitoring
the Future Study conducted by the University of Michigan’s
Institute for Social Research, the rates of lifetime, annual and
current use of LSD among 8th, 10th and 12th graders have
gradually increased since 1990.

Although LSD use reached its peak in 1996, during 1999, about
12 percent of American high school seniors used LSD at least
once and more than 8 percent of them used it at least annually.
More alarming, about 3 percent of these young adults tripped
monthly.

There are many reasons to avoid LSD, but one of the most
distressing side effects that can result from its chronic abuse is
the flashback syndrome. Flashbacks are recurrent hallucinatory
episodes that are not associated with the presence of the drug
in the brain and may occur months to years after stopping its
use. I wondered if this phenomenon might explain Steve’s
problem.

In the weeks that followed I began to inquire more closely about
the LSD use of other patients I treated for depression with
S.S.R.I.’s. Soon enough three more teenagers admitted to
having used LSD and while none of them had used the
hallucinogen for many months, all began to experience
flashbacks only after initiating treatment with an S.S.R.I. agent.
One patient, an 18-year-old named Lisa, described a few
flashbacks that, unlike Steve’s almost humorous experiences of
watching his teachers transform into Pokemon characters, were
upsetting and debilitating. When I queried these teenagers why
they had not complained to me before about the flashbacks,
each had the same response: you never asked!

Concerned about these four teenagers, I left my clinic one
evening and headed straight for the stacks of the medical library.
When armed with a novel clinical experience this can be one of
the most exciting places on earth for a doctor to conduct a game
of medical detective. Before the night was over, a Eureka-like
moment was to be had.

Serotonin reuptake inhibitors, as their name implies, prevent the
reabsorption of this neurotransmitter from the synapse, the gaps
between two neurons that rely on chemicals like serotonin,
dopamine and norepinephrine to communicate with one
another. Although the exact mechanism for depression remains
unclear, many students of psychiatry say a central role may be
played by abnormally low levels of serotonin in the brains of
depressed people. This theory is supported by the miraculous
impact S.S.R.I.’s have had on millions of Americans who suffer
from what the ancient physicians called melancholia.

Excitedly leafing through the literature on LSD, I learned that the
hallucinogen not only increases serotonin levels in the brain, it
also has a special affinity for many of the same neuroreceptors.
The likely mechanism, then, for my patients’ new onset of
flashbacks was that the S.S.R.I. agents I prescribed were not
only yielding an increased concentration of serotonin in their
central nervous systems but were also overstimulating their
serotonin receptors. Within months of discontinuing the
S.S.R.I.’s, all of the teenagers’ flashbacks ended but could return
unpredictably. Happily, these teenagers all, thus far, remain
clean and sober and free of depression.
After consulting with several pharmacologists who specialized in
the effects of LSD on the brain, we presented these four
teenagers’ cases to my colleagues and ultimately published
their cases in The Journal of Pediatrics to alert others who care
for adolescents with a history of both depression and LSD
abuse. But for me these exercises were more a lesson in
humility than a proud accomplishment.

Steve and other patients who experienced flashbacks, perhaps
as a result of prescriptions, taught me two valuable clinical
lessons: a simple solution to a complex problem has the
potential to worsen things; and, often a patient hands you the
correct answer but the key is figuring out the right question.

1,846 total views, no views today