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The Scourge of Prozac

When I first heard about the Columbine High School massacre, my
initial thought was, "Lord help us, were they taking Prozac?" Nine
days later, it was reported that Eric Harris, one of the shooters,
was taking Luvox, which, like Prozac, Zoloft and Paxil, belongs to
the class of drugs known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors
(SSRIs). In one out of every 25 children taking it, Luvox causes
mania, "a psychosis characterized by exalted feelings, delusions of
grandeur and overproduction of ideas."

Guns Are Blamed, but What About Prescription Drugs?

Likely due to pressure from the pharmaceutical industry-heavy
advertisers in all media-the national debate on the epidemic of
teen violence has ignored the widespread use of prescription drugs
in teens and particularly those who have committed monstrous acts.
However, the drug-violence link is frighteningly common.
Fifteen-year-old Shawn Cooper of Notus, Idaho, fired a shotgun at
students and school staff. According to his stepfather, he had been
taking an SSRI. Thirteen-year-old Chris Fetters of Iowa killed her
favorite aunt. She was taking Prozac. Kip Kinkel, a 15-year-old
youth, went on a rampage in Oregon. He first shot and killed his
parents, spent the night with the bodies (characteristic of the
dissociative reaction these drugs often cause), then killed two and
wounded 22 of his fellow students at Thurston High School. He was
taking Prozac.

SSRI Drugs Can Turn People Into Monsters

Look, folks, these are the acts of monsters. The accessibility of
guns and violent movies alone does not create monsters out of
children. But prescription drugs that markedly alter brain
chemistry can-and do! Particularly drugs like Prozac, which are, in
my opinion, the chemical equivalent of a ghoulish Stephen King
monster hiding in the closet. A few people have tried to warn the
neighborhood, but no one is listening. And SSRIs don't backfire in
children only.

In November 1991, 66-year-old Barbara Mortenson attacked her
81-year-old mother, biting her more than 20 times and leaving
chunks of flesh strewn on the floor. Barbara had been taking Prozac
for the previous two weeks. Kristine Marie Cushing, age 39, had
been separated from her husband for several months. In October
1991, she took a .38-caliber pistol and shot and killed both of her
children, Elizabeth age 8, and Stephanie Marie, age 4, while they
lay sleeping in their beds, then shot herself, inflicting a
non-fatal wound. Prosecutors stated that they "couldn't find one
iota of information to show that she was anything but a very
giving, caring and sweet human being." After a plea of insanity,
she was committed to a mental institution. What made her snap? She
had been taking Prozac. Ann Blake Tracy, Ph.D., author of Prozac:
Panacea or Pandora?, has been studying the violent, dark side of
SSRI drugs for ten years. She has researched 32 murder/suicides
that involved women and their children. By interviewing their
families and studying autopsy reports, news accounts and medical
histories, she has determined that in 24 of these 32 cases, the
women were taking Prozac or another SSRI.

These Drugs Alter Normal Brain Function

The explosive nature of these drugs is predictable. Studies show
that they can cause a condition known as akathisia. Akathisia comes
from the Greek word meaning "can't sit still," and refers to
significant physical and mental agitation. Akathisia is to violence
what a match is to gasoline. This condition has been reported in
one out of 16 Prozac users, but its incidence is likely
under-reported because Prozac also produces mania, hypomania,
anxiety and restlessness, which are first cousins of akathisia. The
defenders of Prozac say that millions are being helped by it, but
this claim is spurious. In the clinical trials submitted to the FDA
for registration, Eli Lilly studied the drug in less than 300
people and for only four or six weeks. However, one out of every
seven participants dropped out of the study because of side effects
of the drug. In fact, in a recent evaluation of the usage of Prozac
and other SSRIs, it was found that nearly 70% of those who are
prescribed the drug do not take it as prescribed, probably due to
its undesirable side effects. Imagine that, for a drug touted to
make people feel better! Furthermore, there are no studies
demonstrating that taking any antidepressant prevents suicide or
violent behavior. In fact, according to Peter Breggin, M.D., author
of Your Drug May Be Your Problem, "there is substantial evidence
that many classes of psychiatric drugs-including antidepressants,
such as SSRIs-can cause or exacerbate depression, suicide, paranoia
and violence." Did you know that one out of every 12 patients (and
this figure, too, is likely under-reported) admitted to mental
hospitals for psychosis is taking SSRIs?

Even the Bright Side of SSRIs Is Dark

As Dr. Breggin points out in his earlier book, Talking Back to
Prozac, these drugs rob people of their humanity-they lose their
capacity for empathy. "A lot of what we are seeing is individuals
losing their feeling for the people in their lives. They stop
caring about their husbands or wives or children. They stop caring
about God." Though zombie-like numbness may initially be felt to be
an improvement by someone with depression, it can hardly be
considered healthy, or even desirable. It is this loss of empathy
in my opinion, that allowed Kip Kinkel to kill both of his parents,
then spend the night in the same room before heading out to shoot
his classmates in Oregon. It is precisely why Eric Harris could
wander around shooting his classmates in Columbine High School,
even kids he liked, and laugh about it. It's beyond my
comprehension how any doctor could knowingly prescribe a drug that
may generate violence and numb the individual to its consequences!

We Are the Drug Companies' Guinea Pigs

This is not the first time Eli Lilly and other large drug companies
have polluted our culture with mind-altering, hallucinogenic drugs.
Did you know that Eli Lilly first produced and marketed LSD as a
legal drug in the 1950s, promoting it as an aid to psychoanalysis,
a cure for alcoholism and a way to clear up mental illness? Did you
know that PCP, often referred to as angel dust-one of the most
dangerous street drugs because it produces irrational, violent
behavior-was once legally marketed as an analgesic and painkiller
by Parke-Davis? Did you know that both LSD and angel dust act by
increasing serotonin levels in the brain, precisely the same
mechanism of SSRIs? Dr. Tracy reports that people who have taken
LSD in the past sometimes have LSD flashbacks when given Prozac or
a similar drug. These drugs are not helping people. At best, they
blunt your experience of both the joys and the sorrows of the human
experience. At worst, they are our most frightening nightmare.

More SSRI-induced Tragedies

Two years ago, Matthew Miller had achieved every 13-year-old boy's
dream-he had reached 100 pounds. He had also changed schools and
was a little melancholy. He saw a psychiatrist, who gave him some
samples of Zoloft, an SSRI, with the instructions to "give it a try
for a week." His parents were happy and trusting, though a little
perplexed that it all seemed so easy and that no other form of
therapy was even mentioned to help Matthew with what they felt was
a common adjustment reaction for a child his age. The drug produced
akathisia in Matthew. His sister complained that he was being loud
and bothering her more than normal. His grandmother noted that
Matthew "could hardly sit still through our Sunday brunch." In the
early morning hours of his seventh day on Zoloft, Matthew committed
suicide. He hanged himself in his closet. His father, now painfully
aware of what these drugs can do, wrote: "There was no cry for
help. No scream. Nothing but that single, fateful, horrifying and
irreversible act. For a bright, healthy and loved young man, Matt
had every reason to live. Yet under the power of this debilitating
drug, he found a way to die. We know it was not our Matt who took
his own life. This was a Matt 'high' on a legalized pill. Reality
and nightmares became indistinguishable for him. The universe that
was his chemically stimulated, serotonin-enriched, emotionally
tortured brain came crashing down around him with such ferocity, he
had no way out."

We Must Get the Word Out

Drug companies are pushing to sell more and more SSRIs, thereby
drugging larger segments of our population. Believe it or not, it's
reported that many children under the age of three have already
been given Prozac, and it will soon be made in flavored form for
children! Folks, you must educate yourself and others on this
issue. There are at least two current lawsuits against Pfizer, the
manufacturer of Zoloft. The family of the late television actor
Phil Hartman claims that Brynn Hartman, Phil's wife and the mother
of their two children, aged 9 and 7, was under the influence of
Zoloft when she shot and killed her husband while he was sleeping,
then killed herself. Another SSRI murder-suicide. The family of
Matthew Miller is also suing the company over the fatal
consequences of this drug in their son. As evidence like this
mounts, the tide is bound to turn against these dangerous drugs
and, just like LSD and PCP, I believe they will ultimately be taken
off the market. It's just a question of how much human suffering
must be endured before that occurs.

Let's Get Rid of These Drugs

I urge you to state your views on this important matter in a letter
to Jane Henney, M.D., Commissioner, Food and Drug Administration,
5600 Fishers Lane, Room 1471, Rockville, MD 20857. Send copies of
your letter to your Senators and Congressman, and the International
Coalition for Drug Awareness at P.O. Box 1044, West Jordan, UT
84-84 (www.drugawareness.org).

Want to Know More?

Three books I strongly recommend are Ann Blake Tracy's Prozac:
Panacea or Pandora? (which may be ordered by calling 800/280-0730)
and Peter R. Breggin's Your Drug May Be Your Problem and Talking
Back to Prozac (both available in bookstores). Jon Rappoport's
in-depth analysis of teen violence, Why Did They Do It? An Inquiry
into the School Shootings in America may be downloaded from his web
site http://home.earthlink.net/~alto/.

Two other excellent web sites for obtaining detailed information on
the human tragedies and the dark side of "happiness in a bottle"
are Dr. Tracy's International Coalition for Drug Awareness at
drugawareness.org and the Prozac Survivor's Support Group at
pssg.org.

http://www.drwhitaker.com/hottopics Julian Whitaker M.D.



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