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Effectively Putting an End to Senseless Violence Caused By Mental Health Drugs

Myron May was an attorney and former Prosecutor in New Mexico.  Having trouble concentrating at work, he turned to a psychologist for help. He was prescribed two psychiatric drugs that carry FDA-mandated warnings that the drugs can cause panic attacks. Predictably, he then experienced a panic attack at work.  He returned to the psychologist and got “an adjustment” to the drugs. With his new combination of drugs, he began exhibiting paranoia, hearing voices, experiencing hallucinations. He couldn’t sleep, and began experiencing homicidal ideation.  He checked himself into a psychiatric ward, was given another drug and released, only to continue to have homicidal ideation.  When May’s friends called the mental health practitioner they were told that the doctor “couldn’t do anything”.

This story is a real-life example of what you can find almost every single day of the week, somewhere in the world, with a simple Internet search.

As the clock ticks and as the page of the calendar turn, and as we all continue our daily routine, the likelihood of these types of real-life tragedies only increases.  The likelihood that they will touch each one of our lives increases.

Can we agree that it is time to really be effective in getting our fellow man, woman and child educated on the FDA warnings regarding mental health drugs?

Can we agree to get them educated on the valid alternatives for their troubles, i.e. Lack of focus, anxiety, sleeplessness and more?

If we can agree on those two things, then please contact our office and learn how simple it is to get your community educated.

Probably 10 minutes a day of your time, would change the world and the odds, in your favor. If you spend 10 minutes a day effectively communicating to another person in your community about the basic facts having to do with mental health drugs, it will help add up to all Floridians ware and able to make informed decisions.

A simple education step from our office will get you ready to do so. Please call or email to get started! 800-782-2878 or


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NYC Police Officers’ Killer Had Taken Psychiatric Drugs

Yet one more killer who was taking mental health drugs, at one point, and had been in a psychiatric facility.  Ismaaiyl Brinsley killed two New York City Police Officers in December, 2014.

The New York Times reported, “Mr. Brinsley had also suffered from mental problems. Relatives told the police he had taken medication at one point, and when he was asked during an August 2011 court hearing if he had ever been a patient in a mental institution or under the care of a psychiatrist or psychologist, he said yes. He had also tried to hang himself a year ago, the police said.”

Yet one more tragedy that will never be completely viewed by the public, for what it is.  It is another example of an individual who had been on psychotropic (mind-altering) drugs, who brutally killed the two members of law enforcement.

The FDA could not be more clear in its warnings of homicidal ideation, aggression and violence.

When are we, as citizens, ready to get the facts far and wide, so more tragedies can be prevented?

The sooner, the better!

Facts: In an FDA clinical study of adverse events from drugs, there were “780,169 serious adverse event reports of all kinds. This total included 1,937…cases meeting the violence criteria. The violence cases included 387 reports of homicide, 404 physical assaults, 27 cases indicating physical abuse, 896 homicidal ideation reports, and 223 cases described as violence-related symptoms.

Among 484 evaluable drugs, 31 drugs met the study criteria for a disproportionate association with violence, and accounted for 1527…(79%) of the violence cases… They include varenicline (a smoking cessation aid), 11 antidepressant drugs, 3 drugs for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and 5 hypnotic/sedatives.”


The clinical studies involve real-life people and statistics that talk about “1937 cases meeting the violence criteria”, represents 1937 actual acts of violence caused by drugs (most of which are mental health drugs that a great deal of our population is taking).



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Mental Health Drugs and Violence Go Hand in Hand 

gunIt is a fact that the majority of mass shootings over the past fifteen years were carried out by individuals who were on mental health drugs or withdrawing from them.  While the government and other groups are targeting guns as the problem, what about other types of violence like stabbings?  Guns can be banned entirely, but it won’t stop violence from occurring when mental health drugs are a factor.  It doesn’t matter what the method is, because mental health drugs and violence go hand in hand.

Recently, a man named John McFarland apparently stabbed a random man in a Jacksonville Walmart with a hunting knife.  He stated that he was a schizophrenic, put the knife on the shelf and waited for police to arrive.  This is not the first time he has stabbed someone or attempted to do so.  Since 2001, he has been arrested four other times.  Each time he was found mentally insane and never spent any time in jail.

Of course any irrational behavior is insane, but what made him pick up a knife in the first place, walk into a Walmart in the middle of the night and stab someone he didn’t know?  It doesn’t matter what weapon was used, what does matter is the source of the violent behavior which preempted getting that weapon.  The idea to be violent comes from the mental health drugs.  In some people, just one dosage can change the brain chemistry to give the person the unavoidable urge or thought to be violent.

Generally, people with “mental issues” are not violent.  But as just stated, once on the drugs, they can become so.  Mental health drugs do have side effects of mania, aggression, psychosis, violent reactions and homicidal ideation.   There are many documented cases of people becoming violent after taking mental health drugs when they had no prior history of any violence whatsoever.

John McFarland was diagnosed as having schizophrenia, so one can only assume he was prescribed medication.  He said he wasn’t taking medication at the time, but it is more than likely that he did at some point or he could have been withdrawing from it.  In either case, these drugs just don’t wash out of your system overnight and can affect you, your body and your behavior for an undetermined amount of time after the last dosage.

Consequently, it is no surprise that he became violent on multiple occasions.  Why he was declared mentally insane at the time of each incident was pointless, as it was the mental health drugs that were the cause of his behavior.  What is ridiculous but almost comical is the fact that the court released him on the condition that he takes his meds.  Instead of helping the man, the court was basically ordering him to go take some more pills so that he could become violent again.

Just to emphasize this point, a recent study found thirty-one prescription drugs disproportionately linked to violent behavior.  In the top ten, five were antidepressants and two were drugs used to treat ADHD.  What other proof could anyone demand when seven out of the top ten drugs disproportionately linked to violence are mental health drugs?  It’s time people realize that it’s not the weapon and it’s not the “mental illness,” it’s the drugs.  It’s time people consider the fact that drug companies don’t have our best interest in mind, but only profits.

With the above information in mind, it is outrageous that a clinical psychologist thinks people like John McFarland need long-term treatment (which means mental health drugs), but that treatment is unavailable due to lack of funding.  The risk of suicidal or homicidal ideation is clearly stated in the FDA Black Box warnings or at the end of TV ads for mental health drugs, yet these people are still promoting drugs that can cause violence.  Do you want your tax dollars funding violence?

The Jacksonville Community Council (JCCI) says Northeast Florida is one of the most underfunded areas compared to the rest of the country.  They say the lack of services for people like John McFarland is detrimental to the health and well being of all residents.  They say only forty-one percent of those in the area with diagnosable mental illnesses are treated.

This may sound reasonable, but what is behind their story is something else.  The JCCI is promoting a community program based purely on psychiatry.  Psychiatry uses no medical test of any kind to diagnose a “disorder” yet it is legal for them to prescribe mind-altering drugs with severe adverse side effects to manage a condition based only on their opinion.  That means that the JCCI wants a few hundred thousand residents of northeast Florida to be on mental health drugs without any regard to potential risk of violent side effects.

If you read their booklet, Unlocking the Pieces: Community Mental Health in Northeast Florida, you will find a solid backing of psychiatry and their unfounded practices.  For someone like John McFarland, diagnosed with schizophrenia, the treatment listed is ECT, electroconvulsive therapy.  This is one of the most barbaric treatments that still exists in modern society today.

Therefore it is a good thing that Northeast Florida is “underfunded” and doesn’t have the services to treat people like John McFarland.  John McFarland needs real help, not mental health drugs.  What is needed is that people realize that it is the mental health drugs that do cause violence.  The health and well being of all residents anywhere depends on realizing this fact.


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17 Involuntary commitments, mental health drugs and murder!

News from Florida Times Union


“A frequently institutionalized Jacksonville man repeatedly deemed mentally ill by authorities and feared by his mother for a decade of abuse is now charged with suffocating her in her Regency-area apartment Wednesday.”


This man had been involuntarily committed, placed on mental health drugs, and yet, none of that prevented him from committing this heinous crime. Mental health drugs carry homicidal ideation warnings.  Involuntary commitment, typically, leads to the prescribing of more mental health drugs.

These are the facts and one additional fact is that every person has the right to know the risks of the proposed treatment and the alternatives to that treatment, prior to ever agreeing to take any drug.


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CCHR News Update: Psychiatric drugs and homicide once again!



Suspect in School Attack Once Turned to Victim for Help, Friends Say

Chris Plakson, 16, is accused of fatally stabbing classmate Maren Sanchez in the hallway of a Connecticut school.


“Those who were closer to him suspected he was still struggling with mental illness, said Tyler Curtin, 16, who counted Mr. Plaskon among his best friends early on in high school. They knew he took medication for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and he told a friend last year that he once had been about to kill himself. He continued to come to class with cuts, friends said.”

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Latest Zoloft Tragedy

A 34 year old Las Vegas mother was given Zoloft to help her cope with the anxiety of raising her 3 kids, including her toddler daughter and infant son.

Early on the morning of June 12th, Luz Robledo Ibarra threw her 7 month old son, her 1½-year-old daughter and then herself through a second story window landing on the pavement below.

The baby suffered head injuries and broken bones, the girl had severe facial injuries, and the mother broke her pelvis and sustained other injuries.

She faces possible charges of attempted murder and felony charges of child abuse. If convicted she could spent anywhere from 2 to 40 years in a state prison.

She had complained of feeling depressed and having insomnia, anxiety, headaches and neck and back pain. A doctor prescribed Zoloft. (Which causes insomnia!)

She told police that she heard voices telling her to throw the children and herself out the window.

This is not an isolated case for Zoloft.

The drug has a record of causing horrible side effects yet its creator pharmaceutical company, Pfizer, Inc., has just rolled with the punches (lawsuits and settlements) and made an estimated $30 billion dollars in sales revenue from the drug since it was introduce into the UK market in 1990.

The FDA approved it in the US in 1999 and by 2005 thanks to clever marketing Zoloft was the best selling US antidepressant with nearly 30 million prescriptions being written and grossing $2.6 billion in that year alone.

A visit to Zoloft’s own website reveals what the FDA has forced the drug maker to say about their product.

“Suicidality and Antidepressant Drugs”

“Antidepressant medicines may increase suicidal thoughts or actions in some children, teenagers, and young adults especially within the first few months of treatment…Patients of all ages who are started on antidepressant therapy should be monitored appropriately and observed closely for clinical worsening, suicidality, or unusual changes in behavior.”

They then advise you to:

  1. “Call your healthcare provider right away if you have any of the following symptoms, or call 911 if an emergency, especially if they are new, worse, or worry you:
    1. attempts to commit suicide
    2. acting on dangerous impulses
    3. acting aggressive or violent
    4. thoughts about suicide or dying
    5. new or worse depression
    6. new or worse anxiety or panic attacks
    7. feeling agitated, restless, angry or irritable
    8. trouble sleeping
    9. an increase in activity or talking more than what is normal for you
    10. other unusual changes in behavior or mood
  2. Call your healthcare provider right away if you have any of the following symptoms of Serotonin Syndrome or call 911 if an emergency. ZOLOFT may be associated with these serious side effects:
    1. agitation, hallucinations, coma or other changes in mental status
    2. coordination problems or muscle twitching (overactive reflexes)
    3. racing heartbeat, high or low blood pressure
    4. sweating or fever
    5. nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
    6. muscle rigidity”

Despite warnings like this, 2014 statistics show some 73,717 people reporting having had side effects when taking Zoloft.

Among them were 953 people (1.29%) who had hallucinations, 977 people (1.33%) reporting increased aggression and 1,134 people (1.54%) having attempted suicide.

Pfizer currently is fighting two class action lawsuits in the courts involving Zoloft.

One asserts that Pfizer hid the fact that their drug caused birth defects when taken by pregnant women and the second asserts that Pfizer had not published some clinical trials which demonstrated that the anti-depression benefits of Zoloft were not significantly different to those of a placebo sugar pill. In some cases, the placebo produced better results than Zoloft.

Zoloft suicides are frightening examples of the unpredictable nature of the drug; here are a few.

Timothy “Woody” WitczakAge 37

Died of a Zoloft-induced suicide. He was not depressed, nor did he have any history of mental illness or depression. After 5 weeks on the drug, Woody was found hanging from the rafters in the garage.  He was given the antidepressant from his general physician for “insomnia.” Pfizer settled a lawsuit brought by his widow in 2006 for an undisclosed amount.

Candace Downing – Age 12
Prescribed Zoloft for anxiety about taking tests in school and soon afterwards hung herself in her bedroom. Candace was an honor student, an athlete, and had bubbly personality that attracted many friends.

Mathew M. – Age 13
Family just moved to a new suburb of Kansas City. He was having a hard time adjusting to new school and city. He was given 3 weeks worth of Zoloft samples, but took his own life before finishing the first bottle. His parents wanted to go back to the doctor the following week, but the doctor couldn’t see them for 3 weeks due to caseload and speaking engagements for Pfizer. He was found hanging from his bedroom closet after taking the drug for 6 days.


Julie Woodward – Age 17
Julie told her parents she “felt sad” and her grades began to slip. She was going through a tough period, breaking up with a boyfriend, attending a new school and facing SATs. She started to attend an outpatient group therapy program where she was prescribed Zoloft. Her family immediately noticed that she couldn’t keep still. Typically very calm, Julie was pacing and constantly moving. For the first time ever, Julie shoved her mother to the floor after an argument. Her dad found her hanging in the garage after taking Zoloft less than a week.

Examples of Zoloft causing violence are equally unexpected and frightening.

Hammad Memon, age 15, shot and killed a fellow middle school student. He had been diagnosed with ADHD and depression and was taking Zoloft and “other drugs for the conditions.”

Christopher Pittman, 15, blamed the antidepressant Zoloft for his violent behavior causing him to murder his grandparents Joe Pittman, 66, and Joy Pittman, 62. A doctor had prescribed Zoloft less than a month before the killings.

A Supreme Court Justice in an Australian courtroom ruled that Zoloft was the cause for David John Hawkins strangling his wife of nearly 50 years. “It can be seen that the medical evidence strongly supports a conclusion that but for the effect of the 250mg of Zoloft he had taken, it is wholly unlikely that the prisoner would have committed the crime to which he had pleaded guilty.”

Eric Harris age 17 (first on Zoloft then Luvox) and Dylan Klebold aged 18 (Columbine school shooting in Littleton, Colorado), killed 12 students and 1 teacher, and wounded 23 others, before killing themselves. Klebold’s medical records have never been made available to the public.

Ironically, there are now many website forums where victims of psychiatric drugs discuss their side affects and people swap their “med”stories and give suggestions on other drugs to try as replacements. The drug companies must be delighted to see this fad which promotes and seems to validate their products. These sites start from a reality that meds are the answers to life’s problems and re-enforce that idea.

Here is one mother’s forum post regarding her daughter’s use of Zoloft.

“My 14 year old daughter took Zoloft for 10 days and ended up with extreme hallucinations that put her in the mental ward for 3 days. She started on 25 mg for the first 7 days which made her extremely happy. It was then bumped up to 50 mg a day. She started hearing voices and then saw a demon looking person named Mr. S. that was telling her to kill herself and a lot of other people. Our general practitioner prescribed this for her. It took 3 or 4 days of being off of Zoloft for the hallucinations to go away.

She has since tried Wellbutrin – didn’t do anything but give her a bad stomach ache.

She tried Prozac which worked for a short spell (a month) but not really.

Now she is on Lexapro which over the past 2 weeks appears to make her very angry. She is not normally an angry child. The Nurse Practitioner in psychiatry who has been prescribing for her since the Zoloft incident wants her to stay on it.

My daughter is begging me to go back on Zoloft because she is so depressed. I suggested a lower dose of Zoloft to the Nurse Practitioner and she said that she would not prescribe it for her. My husband had asked our general practitioner at the same time and he said that he would prescribe it in a lower dose. My question is should I even consider letting her go back on Zoloft? It is really hard seeing her be so depressed. Any thoughts?

She is seeing a psychologist at least weekly too.”

Following several replies in which other folks describe their horrible hallucinations on Zoloft and telling this mother not to let her daughter near that drug again, the mom writes:

“Thank you so much for all of your replies. They are very helpful. She had a full psych evaluation yesterday. I won’t know the results until the end of the year. I’m hoping it can give us more information.

She wants to go back on Zoloft because before she started hallucinating she had the best weekend of her life – had a few girls over for a sleepover, went to the movies, went to the mall, went out rollerskating, and did some other things – more than she has done in months. It truly made her feel happy and excited about life. I get it though; the resounding answer is don’t let her go back on it.

Has anyone had the genetic test to see what antidepressant might work better and has that been helpful? I was debating if I should push her Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in that direction?”

Sadly, this mom is so convinced it’s just a matter of finding the correct drug and all will be well and she totally trusts a psychiatric-pharmaceutical system that cares nothing about her daughter as long as profits are being made.

Luz Robledo Ibarra probably trusted her doctor, too, and now she’s destroyed her life and that of her family.

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Former Military Mom–Mental Health Meds–On Trial for Double Murder!

Psychiatric drugs carry FDA warnings of homicidal ideation!
Time to get people educated about their rights to alternatives.


Tampa Bay Times

Listen: Julie Schenecker offered rambling statement to police

“In the hours after she was taken into custody on suspicion she had murdered her two children, Julie Schenecker let two Tampa police detectives interview her. 

She was taking lithium and as many as 10 other medications, the names of which she struggled to pronounce. She was bipolar, she said. 




The recordings contain more than 30 minutes of her conversation with the detectives, an interview that ranged from questions about whether she was taking her medications to inquiries about her decade-long military career as a Russian linguist and interrogator.”  
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