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Psychotropic Drugs and School Shooters

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From Gary Kohls
October 5, 2006

Preventive Psychiatry E-Newsletter # 216: More on SSRI-Induced Suicides/Homicides: It Isn't Just About School Shooters

From: Eileen Dannemann, Director, National Coalition of Organized Women and

South Carolina:

Christopher Pittman was only 12 when he shot and killed both of his grandparents, and torched their home. He blames Zoloft for the crime that has put him behind bars, as does his family.


Kevin Rider‚s death was determined to be a suicide. He had been attempting to withdraw from Prozac when he died from a gunshot wound to his head at the age of 14. Two years later, the investigation into his death was opened as a possible homicide. The prime suspect, also aged 14 had been taking Zoloft and other SSRI antidepressants. The investigation remains open.


Alex Kim was 13 and small for his age. He was found hanging by a belt from his closet rack. His prescription of Lexapro had recently been doubled.


Diane Routhier was beautiful, and happily married for 18 years, with two wonderful boys. She was prescribed Wellbutrin for gallstone problems. Six days later, after suffering through adverse effects of this drug, she shot herself.


Billy Willkomm, an accomplished wrestler and University of Florida student, was prescribed Prozac at the age of 17. He didn‚t get better. His family found him dead of suicide ˆ hanging from a tall ladder at the family's Gulf Shore Boulevard home in July 2002.


Kara Jaye Anne Fuller-Otter was prescribed Paxil. She hanged herself at the age of 12 from a hook in her closet.

".... the damn doctor wouldn't take her off it and I asked him to when we went in on the second visit. I told him I thought she was having some sort of reaction to Paxil")

Vancouver, BC Canada

Gareth Christian was an artistic, intelligent young man with a great sense of humour, excited at the prospect of starting his own snowboarding company. So when the 18-year-old Vancouver resident committed suicide in January, 2002, his friends and family were shocked. Gareth had been prescribed Paxil. (Gareth's father could not accept his son‚s death and took his life)


Julie Woodward was a beautiful, intelligent, popular, studious, disciplined, ambitious, and caring girl. A diagnostic test that she took at school confirmed what many believed, that Julie was indeed suffering from depression. Two doctors at the clinic convinced her parents, Tom and Kathy, to put her on Zoloft. Six days later she hanged herself in her family's detached garage. She was only 17.


Matthew Miller was 13 - a slight, fair-haired boy who wore skateboard-style clothing. He was a Cub Scout and had built the fastest pine-wood derby car in his age division.

He was having difficulty and school, and a psychiatrist prescribed Zoloft for him. Seven days after beginning the samples, his mother found him dead hanging by a belt from a laundry hook in his closet.


Kurt Danysh was 18 and on Prozac when he killed his father with a shotgun. He is now behind prison bars, and writes letters, hoping to reach anyone who will listen to him. He has a warning for the world. "SSRI drugs can kill. You.. or someone else".


Woody died of a Zoloft-induced suicide at age 37. He was not depressed, nor did he have any history of mental illness or depression. He died after taking the drug a total of 5 weeks with the dosage being doubled shortly before his death. He was given the antidepressant from his general physician for "insomnia."


Ten year old boy shot and killed his father after his Prozac dosage was increased.

Transcript of the FDA Advisory Committee Meeting on Antidepressants February 2, 2004:

Preventive Psychiatry # Newsletter # 150

An Incomplete List of Recent American "School Shooters" and the Brain-Altering, Empathy-Destroying, Impulse Control-Destroying, "I Don't Give A Damn Anymore" Prescription Drugs They Were On:

* Jeff Weise, age 16, was on 60 mg of Prozac when he shot his grandfather, his grandfather‚s girlfriend and many fellow students at Red Lake, Minnesota. 10 dead, 12 wounded.

* Eric Harris, age 18, Columbine High student was on Luvox when he killed twelve classmates and a teacher in Littleton, Colorado. 15 dead, 23 wounded.

* Kip Kinkel, age 15, Springfield, Oregon student, was withdrawing from Prozac when he shot 24 classmates/family members.

* Shawn Cooper, a 15-year-old in Notus, Idaho, was taking Ritalin when he fired a shotgun at school.

* 14-year-old Elizabeth Bush was on Prozac when she shot at fellow students in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, wounding one.

* Mitchell Johnson, age 13, was taking an unspecified psych drug when he shot at fellow students in Jonesboro, Arkansas. 5 dead, many others wounded.

* T.J. Solomon, a 15-year-old in Conyers, Georgia, was taking Ritalin when he shot six classmates.

Jason Hoffman, age 18, was on Effexor and Celexa when he wounded five students at his Granite Hills high school, El Cajon, California. Cory Baadsgaard, age 16, Wahluke (Washington state) High School, was on Paxil when he took a rifle to his high school and held 23 classmates hostage.

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1 Comment

My issue is Zyprexa which is only FDA approved for schizophrenia (.5-1% of pop) and some bipolar (2% pop) and then an even smaller percentage of theses two groups.
So how does Zyprexa get to be the 7th largest drug sale in the world?

Eli Lilly is in deep trouble for using their drug reps to 'encourage' doctors to write zyprexa for non-FDA approved 'off label' uses.

The drug causes increased diabetes risk,and medicare picks up all the expensive fallout.There are now 7 states (and counting) going after Lilly for fraud and restitution.

Daniel Haszard

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