Thanks Mitch, that is a big landmark!
Note whenever a mother dumps her children in the lake, teens slaughter with
guns, etc., there is never a word about the doctor-prescribed drugs.
On Wed, 9 Nov 2011 13:06:30 -0500, Mitchel Cohen
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>A Canadian judge ruled that Prozac was the cause that led a teenage high
>school student-- with no prior history of violence--to inexplicably murder
>his friend by stabbing him with a single wound to the chest.
>Judge Robert Heinrichs sentenced the boy a three-year sentence, less time
>already served--which means he will serve 10 months remaining in jail.
>Additionally he is required to be under community supervision for four
>The judge based his determination largely on the compelling expert testimony
>by US psychiatrist, Peter Breggin, MD who submitted scientific evidence
>showing the risk of drug-induced violence posed by antidepressants such as
>According to court documents, "The boy had been taking Prozac for three
>months, during which time his behavior deteriorated. He became impulsive and
>unpredictable, and suicidal. He also began to talk at times as if
>fantasizing about violence. He seemed to become a different person to his
>The judge was also persuaded by the fact that when Prozac was withdrawn
>the boy, his behavior returned to normal.
>" His basic normalcy now further confirms he no longer poses a risk of
>violence to anyone and that his mental deterioration and resulting violence
>would not have taken place without exposure to Prozac."
>Dr. Breggin testified that his primary care physician and his parents
>alerted the prescribing psychiatric clinic to the boy's deteriorating
>condition, but the clinic continued the Prozac and then doubled it.
>Seventeen days after the increase in dosage, the teen committed the
>violence." Dr. Breggin further testified that "the teen's use of Prozac
>likely meant he wasn't in full control of his actions."
>The court heard how the boy changed from a loving, happy-go-lucky kid to a
>dark, depressed drug abuser. In sentencing the boy Judge Heinrichs noted
>that the boy "began to act out violently and even tried to harm himself on
>several occasions....it's clear the boy's parents did the right thing in
>taking their concerns to his various doctors, but they were largely
>At sentencing, last Friday, Judge Heinrichs said: "(Prozac) clearly affected
>his behaviour in an alarming way. He was simply not the same person."
>This is the first criminal case in North America where a judge has
>specifically found that an antidepressant was the cause of a murder.
>Dr. Breggin noted that: "This is a landmark legal confirmation of the
>scientific fact that the newer antidepressants like Prozac, including the
>SSRI and SNRI antidepressants, can cause violence and even murder."
>Read Winnipeg Free Press:
> more: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2011/11/prweb8941528.htm
>Contact: Vera Hassner Sharav
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