Archive for Utah (UT)

Teacher gets 34 years to life for murdering ex’s girlfriend in front of kids — (Deseret News)
SSRI Ed note: Woman in withdrawal from antidepressants, still on Adderrall, shoots and kills her ex-husband's new girlfriend who loed her kids and tried to make peace.
As inmate suicides spike, troubling questions raised about handling of mentally ill in nation’s local jails — (The Dothan Eagle)
SSRI Ed note: Inmates addicted to psych meds die by suicide when denied their meds while incarcerated. Prison staff ignorant. indifferent. Significant problem.
Commentary: It’s time for Utahns to reconsider the widespread use of antidepressants — (The Salt Lake Tribune)
SSRI Ed note: Progressive group in Utah understands that antidepressants are as serious a problem as opioids but without the hype. They urge Legislators to act.
Man who killed son, fiancee suffered pain that ‘broke him,’ mother says — (Deseret News)
SSRI Ed note: "Kind", "good" army veteran being treated for PTSD wakes wife one night threatening to kill whole family, a year later does exactly that. No motive,
Kayelyn Louder autopsy inconclusive but family insists death ‘was not an accident’ — (Deseret News)
SSRI Ed note: Mystery substance: Woman who took nothing "fatal or illegal" makes 3 bizarre phone calls, is clearly confused and delusional, disappears, is later found dead.
Man charged in death of girlfriend's baby; child had mom's antidepressants in her system — (The Republic)
Why Syracuse mom killed her 2 daughters still unknown — (Deseret News)
SSRI Ed note: Mom on antidepressants shoots and kills her daughters and herself after break-up with fiance.
Utah murder appeal defense gets OK for antidepressant investigation — (Standard-Examiner)
SSRI Ed note: Man taking Effexor for "bipolar disorder" murders his wife, is tried and convicted, wins appeal for consideration of role of medication.
Utah tragedy: The last flight of Speedy Peterson — (Salt Lake City Tribune)
SSRI Ed note: Olympic skier on Adderall, Vyvanse, Ritalin and Zoloft dies by suicide.
Utah doctor Martin MacNeill found guilty of murdering his wife after coercing her into plastic surgery, drugging her and leaving her to die in tub — ( NY Daily News)
Utah man who killed his infant son sentenced to life without parole — (The Salt Lake Tribune)
SSRI Ed note: Man, on several antidepressants over past year, "unstable" on latest meds shoots and kills his 5-mo-old son, attempts suicide, fails, gets life in prison.
Utah pediatrician pleads not guilty to murder — (York Dispatch)
SSRI Ed note: Woman taking high dose of Xanax drowns in bathtub, her husband is charged with murder, whether or not it was suicide is unclear.
Baffling Rise in Suicides Plagues the U.S. Military — (New York Times)
West Valley man gets probation for 2008 shootout with police — (Salt Lake Tribune)
Man who killed woman found in Logan Canyon re-sentenced to up to life in prison — (The Herald Journal)
SSRI Ed note: Man under the influemnce of Effexor, alcohol kills woman, gets 15 years to life, does not remember aspects of events.
Logan mom pleads guilty to drugging daughters — (
Man Acting Bizarrely Backs Over Victim With His Car
Man Who Shot at Police Released to Home Monitoring Because He Was Affected by Zoloft
Heavily Armed Man Shoots At Mormon Church & Bystanders: Killed by Police
Man who killed two women in Ogden ordered to prison
Ex-teacher’s aide convicted in student sex case — (The Salt Lake Tribune)
SSRI Ed note: Woman on medication for depression and bipolar makes bad decisions and may have been involved sexually with two students.
Mother Accused of Trying to Harm Her Children
Woman Comptroller Steals $30,000
Soldier Breaks Into Restaurants
10th Circuit Court of Appeals validates MetLife’s accidental death and dismemberment denial — (Dell Schaefer)
Father Kills Wife, his Two Children & Himself
Woman Flees Arraignment: Goes to Casino In Las Vegas
Effexor Baby’s Grieving Mother Protests Potential MOTHERS Act, Warns Others—(
Utah Supreme Court Rules Medical Arbitration Agreement Doesn’t Prevent Suit By Decedent’s Wife — (Red Orbit)
SSRI Ed note: Depressed man commits suicide after physician ups his antideressant dose. Utah Supreme Court holds wife is entitled to sue for wrongful death.
Utah Toddler Badly Beaten, Possibly Cut By Knife — (
SSRI Ed note: Man prescribed antidepressant become erratic, abuses toddler, charged.
Court documents reveal incidents leading up to Lehi murder — (Eyewitness News)
SSRI Ed note: Man prescribed stimulant, steroids in increasing doses, Valium, 2 antidepressants including Paxil, shoots and kills wife. Experts doubt drugs played a role.
Numerous Speakers Highlight Suicide Prevention Conference — (The Daily Universe)
SSRI Ed note: Socially awkward teen "learns" he is not normal from a tv ad, seeks help, gets antidepressants, gets worse, becomes suicidal, attempts suicide. Luckily fails.
Kids sedated before fatal Salt Lake County fire — (Deseret Morning News)
SSRI Ed note: Mum separates from husband, prescribed Trazodone and Celexa, sedates her 3 children, starts a fire in house, stabs herself, all die.
Two Die In Apparent Murder-Suicide — (KUTV 02)
SSRI Ed note: Man with no history of domestic trouble takes pain meds and antidepressants, shoots and kills his wife and himself.
Man Accused of Making Bomb Threats to Remain in Jail — (
SSRI Ed note: Man on antidepressants makes threats, is detained for being a danger to others, deemed mentally ill.
State of Utah vs. Leonard Preston GALL — (FindLaw)
SSRI Ed note: Teen given Paxil, Wellbutrin, Desyrel has terrible problems, esp in withdrawal. Violently murders mom who wanted him on drugs. Mental illness blamed.
SLC man gets probation in air-rage incident — (Salt Lake Tribune)
SSRI Ed note: Man on two antidepressants demands alcohol on airline, appears intoxicated. Air rage incident, plane is diverted.
Forest Sued Over Suicide of Girl Who Took Lexapro — (
SSRI Ed note: Child prescribed Lexapro for "defiance toward authority figures" hangs herself after several weeks on the drug.
Crews Find Body of Missing Teen — (
SSRI Ed note: Couple drink alcohol, take his imipramine, he survives, she does not, he denies suicide pact.
Senator Shares Story Of Son’s Suicide — (CBS News)
SSRI Ed note: Popular, talented young man with "model" life feels down, drinks, questions worth, is given antidepressants, things get dramatically worse, he dies by suicide.
Woman is back in jail after SUV incident — (Deseret News)
SSRI Ed note: Woman on 2 SSRIs tries to kill estranged husband by driving into building to run him over.
Ex-officer kills himself in jail cell — (Deseret Morning News)
SSRI Ed note: Policeman on antidepressant withdrawal shoots at ex-wfe and new boyfriend, kills him. Loses certification. Locked up, he commits suicide in prison.
A.D.D. hurts — (slccglobelink)
SSRI Ed note: Man thinks A.D.D. is a disease that interferes with numeracy, thinks he has it, takes Prozac, gets worse, becomes suicidal, overdoses.
Man Pleads Guilty To Murder of Wife, Child — (KUTV)
SSRI Ed note: Man on antidepressant murders wife and daughter, rationale is God did not intervene to stop him. Mental illness blamed.
Randy Nielson et al as heirs of Penny Ann Nielson, vs. Eli Lilly Company — (Drug Injury: Liability, Analysis, and Prevention)
SSRI Ed note: Woman tries Prozac, finds it does not work, stops taking it, resumes taking it 8 months later, dies by suicide 9 months later. Family sues Lilly. They settle.
Lawsuit blames Zoloft for teenager’s suicide — (The Salt Lake Tribune)
SSRI Ed note: Teen, 15, star athlete and nature lover shoots and kills herself less than a month after starting Zoloft.
Paxil defense planned in murder case, Lawyers say drug may have led to slaying — (Deseret Morning News)
SSRI Ed note: Man on Paxil and other meds shoots boss, shoots self in head, survives, plea bargains life without parole.
Five suicides jolt S. Utah — (The Deseret News)
SSRI Ed note: Doctor prescribes Prozac to suicidal teen. He agrees to contact someone if he feels suicidal again but instead he hangs himself. Three teens copy him.
Youth, meds and suicide — (Los Angeles Times)
SSRI Ed note: Teen, 14, loses interest in activities, given Prozac, kills himself with gun.
Suicide victim took medication, probe finds; Sheriff says he feared losing custody of 2 kids — (Deseret News)