Ten years ago this month the violence and suicide caused by SSRI antidepressants gained international recognition in headlines all over the world when it became known that one of the teen shooters at the Columbine massacre, Eric Harris, had taken Zoloft in the past and was on Luvox at the time of the murder-suicide spree.
A friend of Dylan Klebold, the other shooter, would later come forward to say she had been trying to help Dylan get off Paxil and Zoloft.
A total of 12 students and one teacher would be killed, and 24 others wounded on April 20, 1999, before the two teens ended the rampage by committing suicide.
Mark Taylor was a victim of Columbine. At age 13, he was hit with between six to thirteen bullets during the rampage. After realizing he’d been shot, Mark says he laid still and pretended to be dead until the shooting ended.
Mark had to endure three years of follow-up surgeries for the gunshot wounds. He has sued Solvay Pharmaceuticals, the maker of Luvox, and blames the drug for causing the murderous behavior of Eric Harris.
A rally is scheduled to mark the anniversary of Columbine in Denver next week led by Dr Ann Blake-Tracy, the Executive Director of the International Coalition for Drug Awareness, and the author of the book, “Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? – Our Serotonin Nightmare”.
Dr Tracy has served as a consultant in Mark’s lawsuit against Solvay.
She plans to hold a press conference in Denver to once again warn the pubic about SSRI related violence and suicide. “Media attention for this issue is hard to come by,” Dr Tracy says, “because all of the major advertisers for the media are drug companies.”
On April 13, 2009, she became outraged upon reading an article in USA Today which erroneously stated: “Contrary to early reports, Harris and Klebold weren’t on antidepressant medication…”
Dr Tracy wants to know how a reporter could miss a major lawsuit against the manufacturer of Luvox and says: “Where does he think a lot of what we have on Columbine came from?”
“Discovery in lawsuits is where we get a lot of information,” she reports.
As long ago as November 5, 2002, and article in the Denver Post specifically explained that Harris had been on Zoloft and was switched to another drug when stating:
“In April 1998, Harris told his diversion counselor he’d had trouble with his medication for depression, Zoloft. A few nights before, he had been unable to concentrate and felt restless. His doctor told him they would change medications, but he would have to wait two weeks until Zoloft was out of his system. Two weeks later, Harris reported feeling better without Zoloft and was looking forward to starting the new prescription.”
As far back as March 22, 2004, the FDA issued a Public Health Advisory with the following warning: ”Anxiety, agitation, panic attacks, insomnia, irritability, hostility, impulsivity, akathisia (severe restlessness), hypomania, and mania have been reported in adult and pediatric patients being treated with antidepressants for major depressive disorder as well as for other indications, both psychiatric and non-psychiatric.”
The International Coalition for Drug Awareness website has a link to the “SSRI Stories” and a collection of more than 2,900 stories, mostly on SSRI related violence and suicide, with links to full articles that have appeared in the media, scientific journals or were part of the testimony given at FDA hearings on antidepressants in 1991, 2004 and 2006.
The false denials of a link between SSRIs and violence and suicide by the Big Pharma funded MSM will likely pick up speed throughout the year because it looks like several lawsuits against the SSRI makers are finally going to make it to a jury in 2009. The first suicide trial is scheduled in early May against Paxil maker GlaxoSmithKline.
In the last SSRI lawsuit that made it to a jury in 2001, Houston attorney, Andy Vickery, won a multimillion dollar verdict against GlaxoSmithKline, in a case where a man shot his wife, daughter, and infant granddaughter in a matter of days after he started taking Paxil, before turning the gun on himself.
(Evelyn Pringle is a columnist for Scoop Independent News and an investigative journalist focused on exposing corruption in government and corporate America)