Archive for Drugging senior citizens

B.C. care homes provide anti-depressants without diagnoses — (Times Colonist)
SSRI Ed note: Most B.C. facilities nursing are drugging residents with harmful meds, (antidepressants, neuroleptics) to make them easier for staff to manage.
His 83-year-old wife jumped to her death from a Kaiser clinic — why? — (Los Angeles Times)
SSRI Ed note: Why would an 83-yr-old jump to her death? Maybe it was the Prozac, citalopram and Xanax, they gave her?
Depression Treatment And The Long Term Effects Of Drugs: Are They Safe? — (
SSRI Ed note: Antidepressant takers 15X more likely to die by suicide. Psych drugs kill 500,000 people every year in the West.
Antidepressants and other mood-altering drugs dangerous with very little benefit, expert argues — (The National Post)
SSRI Ed note: Danish internist argues that psych drugs are deadly and ineffective, do more harm than good 98% of the time.
Devoted elderly couple made apparent suicide pact, inquest hears — (Croydon Advertiser)
SSRI Ed note: Devoted father and husband takes antidepressants, talks wife into suicide pact, they go to a park slit their wrists, he dies, she is rescued.
Grandad hanged himself at his Gillow Heath home — (Stoke Sentinel)
New Epidemic — (
SSRI Ed note: Dr Lucire examines trends in suicide, violence related to antidepressant and other psychoactive drug use.
OAP who shot wife and dog then himself had secret affair – and wrongly thought he had cancer — (The Daily Record)
SSRI Ed note: G.P. gives man in 70's antidepressants for feeling bad about a brief affair, develops paranoid ideas, kills his beloved wife, their pet dog and himself.
Senate calls on Health Canada to improve monitoring of off-label drug use — (Postmedia News)
Drugs and aging can be a deadly combination — (The Columbus Dispatch)
Medicare plans could limit antidepressant coverage — (Sun Sentinal)
Psychosis and the Elderly Person — (Mental Health Forum)
Flawed results indicated woman died from overdose — (Isle of Man Courier)
The Black Box Warning: Antidepressant Medication, Monitoring, HIPAA Confidentiality, and Suicide: A LETTER TO CONGRESS — (Mental Health Law and Policy Journal)
A Glut of Antidepressants — (New York Times)
Devoted Scholar Green husband 'hit hard' by death of wife — (The Sentinel)
Pensioner took own life — (Daily Echo)
Widow killed herself after tiff with new partner — (The Swindon Advertiser)
Wilsden woman with severe back pain 'took accidental overdose' — (Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
Death on Lady Kirk was result of murder-suicide — (CP24)
SSRI Ed note: Man being treated for "mental illness", probably depression, kills himself and his wife.
A Startling Cause of Misdiagnosed Dementia — (
Carer Mirela Aionoaei jailed for drugging dementia patients — (Get West London)
TV presenter Fiona Phillips opens her heart over fear of Alzheimer's after parents' deaths — (Daily Record)
Antidepressants for dementia patients linked to frequent falling — (Sarasota Herald-Tribune)
Gone Without a Case: Suspicious Elder Deaths Rarely Investigated — (ProPublica)
A Fatal Case of Simultaneous Ingestion of Mirtazapine, Escitalopram, and Valproic Acid — (Journal of Analytical Toxicology)
SSRI Ed note: Journal article about a woman whose psychiatrist prescribed mirtazapine, escitalopram and valproic acid together. She died by suicide.
Randomized drug studies don't tell full story — (BMJ)
Prozac 'increases risk of death in over-65s': Regular users have greater chance of developing serious health problems — (Daily Mail)
Antidepressant Risk for Seniors Varies by Class — (MedPage)
Infanticide tragedy highlights elderly mental health care issues — (
Common drugs 'raise OAP death risk' — (London Evening Standard)
Antidepressant use and risk of adverse outcomes in older people — (BMJ) / Murder-suicides in Elderly Rise — (WebMD)
SSRI Ed note: Study finds risk rises significantly with use of antidepressants, higher with SSRIs than tricyclics. Murder-suicides in elderly up as rate of A/D use rises.
Woman dies from drug overdose in nursing home — (Wilkes & McHugh)
Suicide verdicts as opposed to accidental deaths in substance-related fatalities (U.K 2001- 2007) — (Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry)
SSRI Ed note: U.K. study finds suicide victims more often on prescribed psychoactive meds, esp antidepressants, than accident victims, fewer on illegal drugs. # understated.
Inquest told Flintshire woman left suicide note in a drawer — (The Wrexham Flintshire Leader)
SSRI Ed note: Woman takes antidepressants for 11 years, remains depressed, hangs herself while on high dose of Remeron / Mirtazapine.
Effects of Tough Childhood Linger — (PsychCentral)
East German 'medical guinea pig' scandal grows: report — (Expatica)
Hallucinations in Hospital Pose Risk to Elderly — (The New York Times)
Lake death of wife, 73 — (Bedford Today)
SSRI Ed note: Woman complains of depression to GP, no suicidal thoughts, he prescribes citalopram, she drowns herself. Depression blamed.
On domestic violence, the Swedes should reassess their priorities — (Malta Today)
Astor Court Testimony, All Too Revealing — (WWD)
DeRuyter woman, 83, still works as nurse for Syracuse hospital — (The Syracuse Post-Standard)
SSRI Ed note: Elderly man is depressed, given antidepressants that cause his death.
Open verdict into death of man found in River Tees — (The Teeside Gazette)
SSRI Ed note: Senior given antidepressants becomes worse, more depressed, withdrawn, suicidal, finally drowns himself.
‘Suicidal’ Ashford man falls under path of train — (Sutton and Croydon Guardian)
SSRI Ed note: Man tells GP he is suicidal, his medication is reviewed, he dies by suicide two days later.
Depressed OAP took her own life, coroner rules — (NW Mail)
SSRI Ed note: Pensioner gets her antidepressant dosage increased, she dies by suicide the next week. Higher than expected attendant allowance entitlement blamed.
Great-gran lay dead for days yards from home
SSRI Ed note: Elderly woman with Alzheimers given antidepressants that cause her to hallucinate, she goes outdoors in winter and freezes to death.
Snettisham pensioner hanged himself in shed — (Lynn News)
SSRI Ed note: "Fit, strong, fun" man takes antidepressants, suffers severe decline, has medication change, dies by suicide the next day. Neighbor blames meds.
Falls, depression and antidepressants in later life — (Eureka Alert)
SSRI Ed note: Researchers find that seniors on antidepressants fall more frequently than unmedicated people.
Coroner records suicide verdict: Pike Inquest — (Manx Radio – Isle of Man)
SSRI Ed note: Man on antidepressants suffers agitation, anxiety, lapses into depression, one day hangs himself. Everyone shocked because he wasn't suicidal.
Antidepressants Account For Only 10% Of Fall In Suicide Rates Among Older People — (Science Daily)
SSRI Ed note: Study shows SSRIs are at best ineffective in preventing suicide, contrary to popular belief, but researchers pretend data means they work for some.