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 Prozac hazard?

Gee, just what newspaper did this come from?  Something by the NRA perhaps?

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Steve Dyer




Mon, 19 Apr 1993 03:15:00 GMT
 Prozac hazard?
I found the following article in misc.headlines. I wonder if some
of the experts found here would comment on the assertions made. Thanks
in advance.
]
]                            Mass {*filter*}er Link
]
]                              By NEAL KNOX
]
]        WASHINGTON, D.C. (Nov. 9) -- On Sept. 11, three days before
]Joseph Wesbecker copied Patrick Purdy's incessantly publicized
]schoolyard attack, the psychiatrist who had treated Wesbecker for
]two years pleaded with him to commit himself to a mental
]institution.
]
]     To the nation's sorrow, Wesbecker refused.
]
]     According to Dr. Lee A. Coleman's notes, released under court
]order for the coroner's inquest into the Louisville printing plant
]{*filter*}s, the psychiatrist was shocked by Wesbecker's deterioration
]in the month since he had put him on a combination of "lithium" and
]"Prozac," both mind-altering {*filter*}.
]
]     Three days later, in almost a rerun of the endlessly
]rebroadcast videotapes of the Purdy {*filter*}, Wesbecker killed eight
]former co-workers and wounded 12 more with an AK-47S, like Purdy,
]before killing himself with a 9mm pistol, like Purdy.
]
]     Dr. Coleman's notes, apparently written immediately after
]Wesbecker's last visit, state:  "Plan -- Discontinue Prozac,
]which may be cause."
]
]     There is a lot of evidence that Dr. Coleman was right in
]blaming the drug.
]
]     On Oct. 19, Louisville Coroner Dr. Richard Greathouse told a
]television reporter, "Prozac, in certain individuals has caused a
]{*filter*} hostile type of reaction."
]
]     Two years ago Dr. David L. Richman, a critic of excessive
]reliance upon {*filter*} in the treatment of mental illness, wrote
]"Anti-depressants [like Prozac] are being used ... usually in
]combination with lithium.  The ability of anti-depressants to
]trigger manic episodes is now being more clearly recognized. ...
]Thus caution is needed when considering the use of anti-depressants
]and lithium."
]
]     Another psychiatrist has commented that while almost all mind-
]altering {*filter*} have adverse effects in some people, including
]hostility and {*filter*}, the effect of a combination of {*filter*} is as
]unpredictable as the bounce of a football.
]
]     A sample of Wesbecker's {*filter*} taken during his autopsy showed
]"therapeutic amounts" of lithium and Prozac, plus a  significant
]amount of "Restoril," sold as a sleeping pill, and traces of two
]other anti-depressant {*filter*}.
]
]     Even the "sleeping pill" Restoril is said to sometimes cause
]"hallucinations ... extreme restlessness, freak-outs" in some
]people.
]
]     As of last month, some 5,700 voluntary reports of adverse
]effects from persons taking Prozac -- including {*filter*} reactions -
]- had been received by the cooking.net">food and Drug Administration.  Those
]reports -- said to be an unprecedented number for such a new drug -
]- were obtained under the Freedom of Information Act by the
]Citizens Commission on Human Rights (an international group
]focusing on psychiatric abuse).
]
]    Other evidence received from the group's president, Dennis
]Clarke, and others, shows that {*filter*} with known {*filter*} side-
]effects had been prescribed, and/or were being taken, by Patrick
]Purdy, would-be Presidential assassin John Hinckley, James Wilson
](who shot nine children and an {*filter*} on a South Carolina schoolyard
]last year), Laurie Dann (who killed a 6-year-old and shot several
]others in an attack upon Winnetka, Ill., schoolchildren earlier
]this year), and several other less-notorious {*filter*}ers.
]
]     While psychiatric {*filter*} can be shown to help some people, the
]chances of an individual patient being hurt and/or hurting others
]as a result of taking those {*filter*} is significantly greater than the
]chances of an individual gun ever being used in a crime of
]{*filter*}.
]
]     Only a tiny percentage of those given legal mind-altering
]{*filter*} will become mass {*filter*}ers, but the {*filter*} that are triggering
]the Wesbeckers, Hinckleys, Purdys, Danns, Wilsons, et al, are being
]ignored -- while the nation's news media, and most of the medical
]establishment, focuses solely upon the triggers they pulled.
]
]
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John Moore (NJ7E)           mcdphx!anasaz!john asuvax!anasaz!john
(602) 861-7607 (day or eve) long palladium, short petroleum
7525 Clearwater Pkwy, Scottsdale, AZ 85253
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Mon, 19 Apr 1993 15:31:00 GMT
 Prozac hazard?

Quote:

>I found the following article in misc.headlines. I wonder if some
>of the experts found here would comment on the assertions made. Thanks
>in advance.
>]

I already did in talk.politics.misc.  Essentially it was a
hysterical article.  The truth is that psychotics who commit
crimes usually have gone off their medicine.  That is when they
become dangerous.  Doing away with medicines would require that
the psychotics be kept in asylums, and thus not able to commit
crimes, so perhaps in the long run it would cut crime, but the
penalty would be the institutionalization of many psychotic who
aren't dangerous.  There are better solutions to the dangerous
psychotics that can be effected with some changes in the legal
system.


Mon, 19 Apr 1993 20:33:00 GMT
 Prozac hazard?
]Gee, just what newspaper did this come from?  Something by the NRA perhaps?
Steve,

As a matter of fact, it is a pro-RKBA posting. However, I found it in
misc.headlines, and was hoping that you, among others, would respond
to the medical claims in it, since they are alarming (and, I suspect,
incorrect).
--
John Moore (NJ7E)           mcdphx!anasaz!john asuvax!anasaz!john
(602) 861-7607 (day or eve) long palladium, short petroleum
7525 Clearwater Pkwy, Scottsdale, AZ 85253
The 2nd amendment is about military weapons, NOT JUST hunting weapons!



Mon, 19 Apr 1993 15:23:00 GMT
 
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