Monday, February 14, 2005

Zoloft Trial To Jurry

Jurors began deliberating Monday in the murder trial of a 15-year-old boy who claims the antidepressant Zoloft drove him to kill his grandparents three years ago.
The trial has been billed as the first case involving a youngster who says an antidepressant caused him to kill. The trial also comes at a time of heightened scrutiny over the use of antidepressants among children.

Defense attorneys urged the jury Monday to send a message to the nation by blaming Zoloft for the killings by 15-year-old Christopher Pittman. They said the negative effects of Zoloft are more pronounced in youngsters, and the drug affected Pittman so he did not know right from wrong.

"We do not convict children for murder when they have been ambushed by chemicals that destroy their ability to reason," attorney Paul Waldner said.

...

Pittman has not denied carrying out the slayings. He is charged as an adult in the November 2001 murders of Joe Pittman, 66, and his wife Joy, 62. If convicted, he could get 30 years to life in prison.

Zoloft is the most widely prescribed antidepressant in the United States with 32.7 million prescriptions written in 2003. Last October, the Food and Drug Administration ordered Zoloft and other antidepressants to carry "black box" warnings — the government's strongest warning short of a ban — about an increased risk of suicidal behavior in children.

Pittman threatened to kill himself about a month before the slayings. He also ran away from home.

8 comments:

TRUTHBETOLD said...

TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN; 8/20/05
MY NAME IS JACKIE. I AM 26 YEARS OLD AND I HAVE BEEN SUFFERING FROM MENTAL ILLNESS ALL MY LIFE.I WAS ON PROZAC WHEN I WAS
17 YEARS OLD. WHILE I WAS ON THE MEDICATION I BECAME SO DEPRESSED THAT I FELT AS IF I WAS WORTHLESS AND THAT I WAS ONLY A HUGE BURDEN ON EVERYONE AROUND ME. I WOULD STAY HOME FROM SCHOOL WITHOUT LETTING ANYONE KNOW BECAUSE I REALLY FELT LIKE EVERYONE WISHED THAT I DID NOT EXIST. I DID NOT WANT TO BE A HUGE BURDEN ANYMORE. ALMOST EVERYONE TREATED ME LIKE I WAS A CIRCUS SIDE SHOW OR A HUGE BUG ON THE WALL THAT THEY WANTED TO SQUASH,BUT THEY COULD NOT BECAUSE I AM A HUMAN BEING, SO SINCE THEY WERE NOT ABLE TO "SQUASH" ME I FELT THAT IT WAS MY RESPONSIBILITY TO "SQUASH" MYSELF,OR IN OTHER WORDS, COMMIT SUICIDE.I FELT LIKE I WAS WORTHLESS AND THAT EVERYONE ELSE FELT THE SAME WAY. I FELT LIKE THE ONLY SOLUTION TO THE MAJOR PROBLEM WAS TO GET RID OF MYSELF.I THOUGHT WHY NOT, NO ONE WILL CARE,I WILL BE OUT OF THEIR WAY AND I WILL NOT HAVE TO FEEL THIS TORTURE,THIS AGONIZING PAIN ANY LONGER. I DID NOT PLAN TO COMMIT SUICIDE.IT WAS A SPONTANIOUS REACTION THAT CAME ONE DAY WHILE I WAS SKIPPING SCHOOL AT HOME ALONE.THAT DAY I DID NOT FEEL THAT I WAS GOOD ENOUGH TO EVEN BE IN THE HOUSE, SO I WENT OUT INTO THE BARN AND CURLED UP INTO A CORNER IN THE HAYLOFT.THE FEELINGS I FELT IN THAT HAYLOFT WERE THE SCARIEST FEELINGS OF REJECTION AND LONLINESS. I FELT THAT I HAD TO DIE. I WENT BACK INTO THE HOUSE AND HEADED STRAIGHT FOR THE MEDICINE CABINET.I GOT TWO DIFFERENT PRESCRIPTION DRUGS OUT OF THE CABINET AND SET THEM DOWN ON THE COUNTERTOP. I GOT A SODA OUT OF THE REFRIDGERATOR,TOOK A DRINK AND THEN PRAYED AND TOLD GOD WHAT I WAS ABOUT TO DO.THEN,I DO NOT REMEMBER EXACTLY HOW MANY PILLS I TOOK,BUT I DO KNOW THAT I TOOK APPROXIMATELY 6-7 PILLS OF EACH OF THE MEDICATIONS.THIS WAS BECAUSE I WAS TAKING MY AUNT AND UNCLE'S MEDICATION AND I DID NOT WANT TO TAKE TO MUCH OF ONE OF THE MEDICATIONS BECAUSE THEY ARE COSTLY AND BECAUSE I FELT THAT THEY MIGHT NEED THEM.I CRIED AS I WAS TAKING THE PILLS.I CRIED WHEN I WAS IN THE BARN, BEFORE I TOOK THE PILLS,I CRIED FOR AT LEAST 2 AND A HALF HOURS BEFORE I FELT THAT I HAD TO DO SOMETHING TO KEEP MYSELF FROM BEING SUCH A HUGE EMBARESSMENT AND BURDEN ON EVERYONE.THE PAIN WAS UNBEARABLE,I ASKED GOD TO FORGIVE ME AND TO PLEASE ACCEPT ME INTO HEAVEN.I WANTED TO BE ACCEPTED SOMEWHERE AND I HAD BEEN TAUGHT THAT GOD LOVES EVERYONE.I THOUGHT AT LEAST THERE IS A CHANCE THAT GOD WILL ACCEPT ME INTO HEAVEN.I ALLOWED MYSELF TO HAVE A COUPLE OF MY FAVORITE SNACKS AND I TOOK THEM INTO THE BASEMENT AND ATE THEM,CRYING BECAUSE I THOUGHT THAT THOSE SNACKS WOULD BE THE LAST THING I ENJOYED IN MY LIFE. AFTER I ATE THE SNACKS I LAYED DOWN ON THE COUCH AND PRAYED FOR ABOUT 1 HOUR ASKING GOD FOR FORGIVNESS AND ASKING HIM TO ACCEPT ME INTO HEAVEN.I TOLD GOD THAT NO ONE LOVED ME HERE ON EARTH AND THAT I WAS IN TOO MUCH PAIN TOO CONTINUE LIVING.I TOLD HIM THAT IT WOULD BE BETTER FOR ME IF I WAS DEAD AND THAT EVERYONE WISHED THAT I DID NOT EXIST SO I HAVE TO KILL MYSELF.I WANTED TO GO WHERE SOMEONE CARED ABOUT ME AND MY ONLY HOPE WAS TO DIE AND GO TO HEAVEN. THERE IS SO MUCH MORE TO MY EXPERIANCE TO TELL,BUT NOT ENOUGH SPACE IN THIS COMPUTER SPACE TO TELL IT,SO I WILL TELL YOU THAT I SURVIVED BECAUSE THE DRUGS I TOOK SOMEHOW ,AS I WAS TOLD, CANCELLED EACH OTHER OUT.I KNOW VERY LITTLE ABOUT MEDICATIONS SO I AM NOT ABLE TO ACURATELY EXPLAIN THIS,BUT I GIVE MY WORD THAT MY STORY IS VERY LEGIT.I ALSO WANT TO MAKE A COMMENT ON THE CHRIS PITMAN MURDER CASE IN SOUTH CAROLINA THAT INVOLVES THE 12 YEAR OLD BOY WHO MURDERED HIS GRANDPARENTS WHILE TAKING ZOLOFT.MY COMMENT IS THAT I BELIEVE CHRIS PITMAN WAS EXPERIANCING VERY ROUGH SIDE EFFECTS FROM TAKING ZOLOFT AND THAT,YES IT WAS A TERRIBLE THING THAT HE HAD DONE,BUT,BECAUSE OF SOME OF THE EXPERIANCES THAT I HAVE PERSONALLY ENCOUNTERED WHILE TAKING MENTAL HEALTH MEDICATIONS,I BELIEVE THAT HE WAS NOT ABLE TO UNDERSTAND WHAT HE WAS DOING AT THE TIME OF THE MURDER OF HIS GRANDPARENTS.HE WAS ONLY 12 YEARS OLD AND HE WAS UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF A POTENT DRUG,ZOLOFT,SUCH A STRONG DRUG FOR A 12 YEAR OLD CHILD.MENTAL HEALTH DRUGS SHOULD BE MUCH MORE CAREFULLY MONITORED AND THERE SHOULD BE MORE ATTENTION PUT ON THE PATIENT BEING PUT ON THESE DRUGS SO THAT THEY MAY RECIEVE ACCURATE TREATMENT.ALSO,WHEN A PATIENT COMPLAINS OF SOMETHING THAT MAKES THEM UNCOMFORTABLE WHILE ON THE DRUG THEY SHOULD BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY AND IMMEDIATE ACTION SHOULD ACCURE TO STUDY WHETHER THE PATIENT IS IN DANGER AT THE FAULT OF THE SIDE EFFECTS OF A MENTAL HEALTH DRUG.A PATIENT'S MENTAL HEALTH SHOULD BE PRIORITY #1,NOT THE PROFIT RECIEVED BY THE DOCTOR OR THE MENTAL HEALTH DRUG COMPANY.A MENTALLY ILL PERSON IS STILL A PERSON.THEY DESERVE TO BE TREATED AS A PERSON AND TO BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY WHEN MAKING COMPLAINTS WHILE ON ANY MENTAL HEALTH DRUG.IN MY OPINION CHRIS PITMAN SHOULD NOT BE INCARCERATED.HE SHOULD BE AT HOME WITH HIS FAMILY AND THE COMPANY THAT IS IN CHARGE OF ZOLOFT SHOULD BE INVESTIGATED TO THE STRONGEST EXTENT.IT IS WRONG FOR ANY MENTAL HEALTH DRUG COMPANY TO DENY THAT A MENTAL HEALTH DRUG MAY CAUSE VERY DANGEROUS CHANGES IN A PATIENT'S
MENTAL CONDITION.THERE IS WAY TOO MUCH INFORMATION OUT THERE INVOLVING SIMILAR SITUATIONS,LIKE CHRIS PITMAN'S UNFORTUNATE SITUATION,TO DENY THAT THIS IS SO TRUE.I HOPE THAT THERE WILL BE HUGE CHANGES MADE INVOLVING THIS SUBJECT VERY SOON.THANKYOU FOR READING MY COMMENTS.
SINCERELY,
JACKIE

E-MAIL ME
AT:
NYNCFOREVER@MSN.COM

FDF said...

Diazepam and may cause dizziness. If you experience drowsiness or dizziness, avoid these activities.(used to treat insomnia), pain relievers, anxiety medicines, seizure medicines, and muscle relaxants. Tell your doctor

FDF said...

If Skelaxin is stopped suddenly after several weeks of continuous use. Seizures may be a side effect of sudden discontinuation of the medication. Your doctor may recommend a gradual reduction in dose.

FDF said...

Avoid alcohol while taking Norflex. Alcohol may increase drowsiness and dizziness caused by Norflex.

FDF said...

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking Phentermine?

FDF said...

Antacids may decrease the effects ofVicodin. Separate doses of an antacid and Vicodin by several hours whenever possible.

FDF said...

Avoid alcochol when taking Naproxen will cause drowsiness and may cause dizziness. NaproxenIf you experience drowsiness or dizziness avoid these activities

FDF said...

Remember, keep this Flexeril and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.