Richard Mack — (2006 FDA Hearings)

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THE FDA PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGIC DRUGS ADVISORY COMMITTEE HEARINGS 2006

DR. RUDORFER:  Thank you.  Number 35, please.  Richard Mack

MR. MACK:  My name is Richard Mack.  I am a retired law enforcement officer and sheriff from Arizona.

My expertise in that field was juvenile delinquency, school violence, and narcotics investigations.

My first experience with SSRIs was when I was a parent of a second grader, my wife and I were called into the school, our son had a problem staying in his chair.  What was the government school’s answer?  Drug your son into submission, so he will stay in his chair.

We refused and we thank God now that we did.  Our son turned out just fine, played basketball, baseball, and excelled at school and sports.

I was a sheriff of a small community in Arizona. We had an abnormal amount of high rate of suicide and teen violence.  I am just an investigator, I just present the facts.  One thing that we could not ignore was the circumstantial evidence that the common denominator in all of these cases was the victims or perpetrators were on SSRIs.

In investigating these events, it became quite commonplace for all of us to ask the same question as we got to the next event of horrified and traumatized people and families.  You have heard from many of them today.

Some people don’t have the adverse reaction to these drugs, some do.  I learned the same with LSD when I investigated that as an undercover narcotics officer.  I can only say that
the evidence is mounting over and over as did our investigations.

We cannot, as law enforcement officials, ignore such circumstantial evidence.  I doubt very seriously if you could either.  I am an advocate for state’s rights and I do believe that if the FDA fails to take action, the state and local authorities will have to.

Thank you.

DR. RUDORFER:  Thank you.