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Friday, December 28, 2012

FDA BLOCKED SUICIDE WARNING FOR ANTI-DEPRESSANTS


Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor anti-depressants (S.S.R.I.’s) hit the market in 1988.  Immediately, reports of intense suicidal thoughts and actions while taking these drugs began to flood into the F.D.A..  Despite the reports, and data indicating a higher rate of suicides from those using the drugs than from those using placebos, it took about twenty years for the F.D.A. to issue a warning about the risk.
The warning was considered a victory to many who had lost loved ones to S.S.R.I. drugs. Public perception was that the F.D.A. had stood up to Big Pharma and forced reluctant S.S.R.I. manufacturers to issue an appropriate warning. Thereby, solidifying the perception of the F.D.A.’s role as advocate for the public.
However, this perception has been shattered by a recent federal court ruling that exposed a dirty little secret that the F.D.A. likely hoped would never come to light. In Dobbs v. Wyeth Pharms., the court determined that the F.D.A. repeatedly prevented at least one S.S.R.I. manufacturer from issuing a suicide-related warning for fear that it might “reduce the use of anti-depressants and thereby undermine the benefit of their use in treating depression.”
The ruling stems from a lawsuit brought by the widow of a man who was believed to have committed suicide as a result of taking Effexor. The lawsuit accused Wyeth Pharmaceuticals of failing to properly warn patients that Effexor may increase the risk of suicide.
In its defense, Wyeth presented evidence that it had, on three separate occasions, attempted to institute a more “extensive suicide warning”, but the F.D.A. had refused to approve each proposed warning.
Wyeth’s first attempt occurred on September 25, 2002, when it submitted to the F.D.A. the results of seven Effexor pediatric studies, accompanied by a proposed label alteration describing the rate of suicidality events for children. The F.D.A. rejected Wyeth’s proposed label alteration, which would have warned parents of the risk to their children, and then it directed Wyeth to only add the label change proposed by the F.D.A.. The F.D.A. added, “we do not feel that it would be useful to describe these negative trials in labeling, since this may be misinterpreted as evidence that [Effexor] does not work in this population.”
The second attempt occurred in August 2003, when Wyeth amended its product label to caution patients about increased reports of “suicide related adverse events such as suicidal ideation and self harm” in pediatric patients.
The F.D.A. ordered Wyeth to remove the language included in the enhanced label warning and to substitute F.D.A. language that was applicable to all S.S.R.I.’s at that time. According to the F.D.A., it did so because it did “not believe that a causal association has yet been definitively established”. Never mind that Wyeth’s own internal studies (from the manufacturer) indicated sufficient cause for a warning.
Undeterred, Wyeth made a third and final attempt to include a warning about suicide on its drug label. It revised the language contained within its warning, and asked the F.D.A. to allow Effexor’s label to continue to include a pediatric precaution.
On May 13, 2004, the F.D.A. ordered the removal of Wyeth’s warning. By that time, the F.D.A. had finally admitted that sufficient evidence existed to support a warning about medically-induced suicides, but it required that Wyeth, and all other S.S.R.I. manufacturers adopt the specific language dictated by the F.D.A. rather than use the warnings proposed by the manufacturers.
The whole affair was managed like a public relations campaign, whereby the F.D.A. was presented as the organization leading the charge for labeling that would protect children; when in fact, it was actually the agency that had always suppressed such information, while essentially operating a protection racket for select pharmaceutical companies for roughly 20 years.
Other S.S.R.I. manufacturers have attempted to escape liability by arguing that the F.D.A. would not have permitted them to issue suicide warnings prior to 2004.  However, those claims ultimately failed because the manufacturers could not establish that they had made any effort to issue a warning. Wyeth is the first to conclusively prove that the F.D.A. blocked a proposed warning.
As a result, the federal court dismissed the failure to warn claim against Wyeth. However, the case was permitted to proceed, due to additional claims.
To Wyeth’s credit, it is the only S.S.R.I. manufacturer to propose a suicide warning prior to the issuance of the Black Box warning in 2004. Wyeth is also the only S.S.R.I. manufacturer to list “homicidal ideation” as an adverse event on its product label. All other S.S.R.I. manufacturers are vehemently opposed to the issuance of such warnings.
By rejecting Wyeth’s proposed warning, the F.D.A. was serving the interests of the other S.S.R.I. manufacturers.  Had Wyeth succeeded in issuing a warning for Effexor, other S.S.R.I. manufacturers would have been forced to follow suit.
The F.D.A.’s purported concern that the warning “may be misinterpreted as evidence that [Effexor] does not work in [children]” was nothing more than a smoke screen. S.S.R.I.’s have never been approved for, nor shown to be any more effective than placebos in treating children, with the exception of Prozac. (Prozac’s effectiveness is only slightly above that of placebos.)  However, despite these facts, millions of children continue to be prescribed S.S.R.I. drugs “off label”.
The F.D.A was not so concerned about the public misinterpreting the lack of efficacy within this class of drugs, as it was with the public discovering their lack of efficacy.
The primary concern for S.S.R.I. manufacturers, and F.D.A. officials with financial ties to S.S.R.I. manufacturers, was the effect that an honest suicide warning would have had on pediatric prescription rates. Fewer children being prescribed S.S.R.I.’s would have meant less profits for the drug companies, and less lucrative drug approvals.
As it turns out, the F.D.A.’s fears were prophetic. According to a Medco analysis, the rate of children who received anti-depressant prescriptions fell about 16% in the months following the issuance of the Black Box warning.
In the end, the F.D.A. saved S.S.R.I. manufacturers millions, if not billions of dollars by delaying the issuance of a suicide warning.  It also cost countless children their lives.
When it comes to S.S.R.I.’s, the F.D.A. has repeatedly chosen Big Pharma interests over the safety of the public; profits over people.
Perhaps the most ironic and heartbreaking aspect of the story is that parents who had lost their children to S.S.R.I.’s actually broke down in tears, and thanked F.D.A. officials for issuing the F.D.A. Black Box warning in 2004.
Well orchestrated, indeed.
Sources:
Dobbs v. Wyeth Pharms., 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 79140 (case no. CIV-04-1762-F)




Spara al corriere della pizza

MINNEAPOLIS - Si chiama Demetrius Patterson l'uomo che ha sparato ad un fattorino che gli aveva portato la pizza a casa. Il motivo? La pizza sarebbe stata troppo piccola il che avrebbe mandato su tutte le furie il 26enne. Da qui l'inizio del litigio, sull'uscio di casa. Poi il fattorino, non volendo continuare la discussione, che nel frattempo si era alquanto 'accesa', si è diretto verso la sua automobile. Mentre stava per andare via, Patterson, uscendo di casa, gli ha sparato 6 colpi di pistola con una 9mm che il fattorino è riuscito ad evitare. Gli agenti sono poi riusciti ad arrestare Patterson.

Pizza troppo piccola, Demetrius Patterson spara al fattorino 28 dicembre 2012


Monday, December 24, 2012

PSYCHIATRISTS DRUGGING CHILDREN FOR ‘SOCIAL JUSTICE’


By Jon Rappoport
It’s the latest thing. Psychiatrists are now giving children in poor neighborhoods Adderall, a dangerous stimulant, by making false diagnoses of ADHD, or no diagnoses at all. Their aim? To “promote social justice,” to improve academic performance in school.
The rationale is, the drugged kids will now be able to compete with children from wealthier families who attend better schools.
Leading the way is Dr. Michael Anderson, a pediatrician in the Atlanta area. Incredibly, Anderson told the New York Times his diagnoses of ADHD are “made up,” “an excuse” to hand out the drugs.


“We’ve decided as a society that it’s too expensive to modify the kid’s environment. So we have to modify the kid,” Anderson said.
It would be hard to find a clearer mission statement from a psychiatrist: mind control.
A researcher at Washington University in St. Louis, Dr. Ramesh Raghavan, goes even further with this chilling comment: “We are effectively forcing local community psychiatrists to use the only tool at their disposal [to “level the playing field” in low-income neighborhoods], which is psychotropic medicine.”
So pressure is being brought to bear on psychiatrists to launch a heinous behavior modification program, using drugs, against children in inner cities.
It’s important to realize that all psychotropic stimulants, like Adderal and Ritalin, can cause aggressive behavior, violent behavior.
What we’re seeing here is a direct parallel to the old CIA program, exposed by the late journalist, Gary Webb, who detailed the importing of crack cocaine (another kind of stimulant) into South Central Los Angeles, which went a long way toward destroying that community.
It is widely acknowledged, and admitted in the Times article, that the effects of ADHD drugs on children’s still-developing brains are unknown. Therefore, the risks of the drugs are great. At least one leading psychiatrist, Peter Breggin, believes there is significant evidence that these stimulants can cause atrophy of the brain.
Deploying the ADHD drugs creates symptoms which may then be treated with compounds like Risperdal, a powerful anti-psychotic, which can cause motor brain damage.
All this, in service of “social justice” for the poor.
And what about the claim that ADHD drugs can enhance school performance?
The following pronouncement makes a number of things clear: The 1994 Textbook of Psychiatry, published by the American Psychiatric Press, contains this review (Popper and Steingard):”Stimulants [given for ADHD] do not produce lasting improvements in aggressivity, conduct disorder, criminality, education achievement, job functioning, marital relationships, or long-term adjustment.”
So the whole basis for this “social justice” program in low-income communities—that the ADHD drugs will improve school performance of kids and “level the playing field,” so they can compete academically with children from wealthier families—this whole program is based on a lie to begin with.
Meddling with the brains of children via these chemicals constitutes criminal assault, and it’s time it was recognized for what it is.
In 1986, The International Journal of the Addictions published a most important literature review by Richard Scarnati. It was called “An Outline of Hazardous Side Effects of Ritalin (Methylphenidate)” [v.21(7), pp. 837-841]. Adderall and other ADHD medications are all in the same basic class; they are stimulants, amphetamine-type substances.
Scarnati listed a large number of adverse affects of Ritalin and cited published journal articles which reported each of these symptoms.
For every one of the following (selected and quoted verbatim) Ritalin effects, there is at least one confirming source in the medical literature:
Paranoid delusions
Paranoid psychosis
Hypomanic and manic symptoms, amphetamine-like psychosis
Activation of psychotic symptoms
Toxic psychosis
Visual hallucinations
Auditory hallucinations
Can surpass LSD in producing bizarre experiences
Effects pathological thought processes
Extreme withdrawal
Terrified affect
Started screaming
Aggressiveness
Insomnia
Since Ritalin is considered an amphetamine-type drug, expect amphetamine-like effects
Psychic dependence
High-abuse potential DEA Schedule II Drug
Decreased REM sleep
When used with antidepressants one may see dangerous reactions including hypertension, seizures and hypothermia
Convulsions
Brain damage may be seen with amphetamine abuse.
In what sense are the ADHD drugs “social justice?” The reality is, they are chemical warfare. Licensed predators are preying on the poor.
Source:  nomorefakenews


PSYCHIATRISTS DRUGGING CHILDREN FOR ‘SOCIAL JUSTICE’ 


Thursday, December 20, 2012

Top Ten Legal Drugs Linked to Violence


When people consider the connections between drugs and violence, what typically comes to mind are illegal drugs like crack cocaine. However, certain medications — most notably, some antidepressants like Prozac — have also been linked to increase risk for violent, even homicidal behavior.
A new study from the Institute for Safe Medication Practices published in the journal PloS One and based on data from the FDA’s Adverse Event Reporting System has identified 31 drugs that are disproportionately linked with reports of violent behavior towards others. (More on Time.com: New Hope For An Anti-Cocaine Vaccine)
Please note that this does not necessarily mean that these drugs cause violent behavior. For example, in the case of opioid pain medications like Oxycontin, people with a prior history of violent behavior may seek  drugs in order to sustain an addiction, which they support via predatory crime. In the case of antipsychotics, the drugs may be given in an attempt to reduce violence by people suffering from schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders — so the drugs here might not be causing violence, but could be linked with it because they’re used to try to stop it.
Nonetheless, when one particular drug in a class of nonaddictive drugs used to treat the same problem stands out, that suggests caution: unless the drug is being used to treat radically different groups of people, that drug may actually be the problem. Researchers calculated a ratio of risk for each drug compared to the others in the database, adjusting for various relevant factors that could create misleading comparisons.  Here are the top ten offenders:
10. Desvenlafaxine (Pristiq) An antidepressant which affects both serotonin and noradrenaline, this drug is 7.9 times more likely to be associated with violence than other drugs.
9. Venlafaxine (Effexor) A drug related to Pristiq in the same class of antidepressants, both are also used to treat anxiety disorders. Effexor is 8.3 times more likely than other drugs to be related to violent behavior. (More on Time.com: Adderall May Not Make You Smarter, But It Makes You Think You Are)
8. Fluvoxamine (Luvox) An antidepressant that affects serotonin (SSRI), Luvox is 8.4 times more likely than other medications to be linked with violence
7. Triazolam (Halcion) A benzodiazepine which can be addictive, used to treat insomnia. Halcion is 8.7 times more likely to be linked with violence than other drugs, according to the study.
6) Atomoxetine (Strattera) Used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Strattera affects the neurotransmitter noradrenaline and is 9 times more likely to be linked with violence compared to the average medication.
5) Mefoquine (Lariam) A treatment for malaria, Lariam has long been linked with reports of bizarre behavior. It is 9.5 times more likely to be linked with violence than other drugs.
4) Amphetamines: (Various) Amphetamines are used to treat ADHD and affect the brain’s dopamine and noradrenaline systems. They are 9.6 times more likely to be linked to violence, compared to other drugs.
3) Paroxetine (Paxil) An SSRI antidepressant, Paxil is also linked with more severe withdrawal symptoms and a greater risk of birth defects compared to other medications in that class. It is 10.3 times more likely to be linked with violence compared to other drugs. (More on Time.com:Healthland’s Guide to Life 2011)
2) Fluoxetine (Prozac) The first well-known SSRI antidepressant, Prozac is 10.9 times more likely to be linked with violence in comparison with other medications.
1) Varenicline (Chantix) The anti-smoking medication Chantix affects the nicotinic acetylcholine receptor, which helps reduce craving for smoking. Unfortunately, it’s 18 times more likely to be linked with violence compared to other drugs — by comparison, that number for Xyban is 3.9 and just 1.9 for nicotine replacement. Because Chantix is slightly superior in terms of quit rates in comparison to other drugs, it shouldn’t necessarily be ruled out as an option for those trying to quit, however.

Top Ten Legal Drugs Linked to Violence Jan. 07, 2011


Omicidi di massa e videogiochi violenti


The massacre of 26 people, mostly young children, at a US school has revived the perennial debate about the impact of violent videogames on the warped minds of gunmen behind such tragedies.
Experts are divided over whether games with names like "Assassin's Creed," "Thrill Kill" or "Manhunt - Executions" are blueprints for real-life violent behavior or harmless fantasies that allow young men to vent testosterone.
Some politicians have highlighted the role of violence in television, movies and videogames -- including Colorado governor John Hickenlooper, after 12 people were killed in a movie theater massacre near Denver in July.
"There might well be some direct connection between people who have some mental instability and when they go over the edge -- they transport themselves, they become part of one of those video games," he told CNN.
Senator Jay Rockefeller called the latest massacre a "wake-up call" for federal action. "While we don't know if such images impacted the killer in Newtown, the issue of violent content is serious and must be addressed.
"As parents, research confirms what we already know -- these violent images have a negative impact on our children's well-being," he said, adding: "I'm pushing for that action now before we have to mourn more innocent lives lost."
Adam Lanza, the 20-year-old who killed himself after massacring 26 people, including 20 children, at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, was reportedly a fan of violent videogames, including "Dynasty Warriors."
California banned the sale of violent videogames to minors, but the US Supreme Court struck down the law in June 2011, saying it violated the right to free speech, enshrined in the First Amendment of the US constitution.
Experts and games developers say the evidence about such games' impact on players is mixed.
"I'm rather tired of this argument. I'm sure you can find a study or two to support the claim that videogames foster violence, but I'm sure you can also find studies that deny it," said specialist and game designer Greg Costikyan.
"In general, my impression is that the idea that media of any sort cause anything other than short-term and minor changes in proclivities to violent behavior has been thoroughly debunked."
But Brad Bushman, a professor of psychology at Ohio State University and co-author of a study published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology last month, said players grow more aggressive the longer they play such games.
Of experts who disagree, he said: "It's like global warming. Ninety-five percent of scientists say that global warming is occurring, but you can always find a few scientists saying it's not occurring.
"The same is true. I would say 95 percent of scientists believe that violent media, TV programs, movies, videogames, increase aggression, and only 5 percent or even less believes they have no effect.
"They are outliers, they're not the norm."
Blood-drenched videogames may well have a more harmful effect than violence in movies or TV shows, he told AFP.
When you're playing a videogame, "you're active. You're not just sitting on a couch watching other people. You are actively involved and people learn when they're actively involved.
"You're directly rewarded in a videogame for behaving aggressively... And you get to advance in the game. If you kill people you get points," he said.
But violent videogames do not by themselves create crazed killers.
"Shootings like the one in Connecticut are very rare and you cannot predict them," Bushman said. "But violent videogames increase behavior that's not so rare, like yelling, hitting, pushing, and being an aggressive driver.
"Maybe if you play violent videogames you won't kill somebody, but how do you treat your friends, how do you treat strangers? There's never one cause. Violent video games are maybe one factor."
Nevertheless, Rockefeller, chairman of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, said the Newtown massacre must spark not just debate, but action.
"It would be a travesty if we only looked at Friday's attack -- as well as the many other senseless tragedies we've seen -- in silence and refuse to act," he said.

Adam Lanza Was on Violence-Linked Anti-Psychotic Fanapt


The ‘Connecticut ShooterAdam Lanza has now been reported by mainstream media to indeed be taking the violence-linked anti-psychotic drug known as Fanapta prediction I made after the news of the shooting broke. And as I explained in my previous article regarding this drug by name, Fanapt has a very disturbing history of FDA testing and approval. It also has a long line of side effects that echo reports that drugs of this nature ultimately lead to suicidal behavior and increased overall aggression — side effects covered up by Big Pharma corporate scientists.
As Business Insider now reports in an article that is going viral across the web, Adam Lanza was indeed taking Fanapt — a drug with ‘troubled history’ as the article details.
Knowing that virtually every major shooter of similar circumstance and scenario had been on similar drugs including the Columbine shootersTed Kaczinski the Unabomber’, and many others, it was easy to see that Adam Lanza fit the bill as well. Of course this prediction was met with opposition stating that Big Pharma’s anti-psychotic and anti-depressant drugs were ‘perfectly safe’ and I was simply assuming things based on no evidence. Of course the reality is that the very creator of Prozac, Eli Lilly & Co., actually kept the link between suicidal behavior and Prozac consumption a secret to protect their own interests.
This link was cleverly hidden for years until it broke back in 2005, yet still many are unaware of the real dangers.
But what about Fanapt, the drug Lanza was taking? The drug itself has an even more troubled past. After initially being rejected by the FDA for ‘severe problems’ in patients, Fanapt was eventually approved after a disturbing lack of study. Fanapt was only tested on around 500 people before going on sale to the almost 300 million citizens inside the United States for widespread ‘treatment’.
But what’s even more concerning than the shoddy trials of the drug is the side effects listed on both the package insert for the drug and various online medical sites. These include:
  • Hostility
  • Aggression
  • Mania
  • Confusional state
  • Impulse-control disorder
Many of these side-effects are listed as ‘frequent’. It should come as no surprise then to find out that Fanapt was initially thrown out by its first producer, grabbed by a later company, rejected by the FDA, then only later did it meet the mass market. Ultimately, however, it ended up prescribed to Adam Lanza and many other individuals who are being ‘treated’ for the very issues that the drug has been shown to cause.
So why is almost nothing being said about Fanapt and the potential connection to the violent outbreak that thoroughly encompasses these side effects? Why is there no serious mention of how virtually all previous killers were on similar medications?
The fact is that no one wants to talk about how Big Pharma’s concoctions are damaging our bodies and warping our minds. Instead, doctors will continue to prescribe Fanapt and other drugs to young children and teens without considering the severe repercussions. That is unless the alternative news and informed individuals push the issue into the forefront as done many times before.
There is no reason that drugs like Fanapt need to be pushed on young children who are already struggling with serious mental battles. Half of all United States citizens will be classified as ‘mentally ill’ and drugged up with antidepressants, anti-psychotics, and so on. But perhaps the Big Pharma drug system is truly mentally ill?



Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Was the Connecticut Shooter Adam Lanza Also On Hardcore Psychotropic Drugs?


In mass shootings, the usage of pharmaceutical drugs, particularly psychotropic drugs, is one of the first things that should be examined when attempting to piece together the incident. Adam Lanza, the Connecticut shooter, was most likely dosing up on outlandish levels of pharmaceutical drugs just like shooters before him.
James Holmes was hooked on a cocktail of Big Pharma drugs that have been found to be deadlier than cocaine and heroin combined (even at ‘safe’ levels). But the trend continues much farther.
Columbine shooters Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, as well as 15-year-old Kip Kinkel, were all on psychotropic drugs. Even Ted Kaczinski the “Unabomber”, Michael McDermott, John Hinckley, Jr., Byran Uyesugi, Mark David Chapman and Charles Carl Roberts IV, the Amish school killer,were all on some form of SSRI psychotropic pharmaceutical drugs.
Even the mainstream media has been on record questioning whether or not these individuals were motivated to kill by the pharmaceutical creations, particularly in the case of Prozac-using Jeff Weise (who exhibited similar characteristics to Jared Lee Loughner). But that was years ago.
Now, we have scientific proof that antidepressant drugs are causing violence, suicidal behavior, and more. As Dr. Peter Breggin stated in the Huffington Post in regards to how antidepressant drugs are actually fueling suicide and violence among the heavily drugged armed forces:
 Antidepressants are a hoax–in this case, a hoax that is killing members of our armed services.”

Suicide, Violence Link Hidden by Big Pharma

In 2005, it was found that link between Prozac and suicidal behavior was kept a secret. The BBC even reported in as early as the year 2000 that Prozac ‘led to suicide’. Oftentimes killers will end their own lives after shootings, or attempt to force the cops to kill them. This is essentially a form of suicide with a mixture of murderous tendencies.
If Prozac can drive someone to suicide, could it also drive someone to end someone else’s life? Paxil, an anti-depressant drug, was found to be linked to violent behavior in 2006. The link incited multiple lawsuits, and brings up questions as to whether or not similar drugs have the same effects. Anti-depressants have horrible side effects, but about the even more hardcore drugs, such as the drugs that many of the other killers were taking? These psychotropics may have been the final straw in pushing  Lanza and others over the edge, the final push that they needed to go through with the horrendous act.

Was Lanza on the Drug Fanapt?

Some news outlets have begun reporting that the Connecticut shooter Adam Lanza was taking a drug known as Fanapt. Nothing has been confirmed just yet, but let’s take a look at this pharmaceutical drug nevertheless.
By taking a look at the Fanapt manufacturer package insert, it becomes very apparent that this is a dangerous and brand new drug with relatively little testing. Being approved back in 2009, Fanapt went through a ’6-week’ test in around only 706 people. Only half of which actually received the drug, with the other half taking a placebo.
Afterwards, the drug went through a 4-week trial. At that point only 1/3, or 201, individuals actually tested the drug. In summary, Fanapt was therefore only tested on 554 people before being approved by the FDA and offered to the United States population of around 300 million citizens.
Sounds safe, doesn’t it?
With a page dedicated to side effects including death, seizures, and other serious issues, Fanapt also addresses the issue of suicide. As we already, know this class of drugs causes violence and suicide, which means that if Lanza was actually on this little-studied drug, it would make a lot of sense.
Whether or not Lanza was on these drugs is yet to be determined for sure despite a number of outlets reporting that he was indeed on Fanapt or a similar drug (and considering he was being ‘treated’ for his mental illness also means that he was undoubtedly taking something).
What is known, however, is that the continual thread between virtually every major shooting of this caliber involves Big Pharma’s suicide and violence linked drugs.

Was the Connecticut Shooter Adam Lanza Also On Hardcore Psychotropic Drugs? December 17th, 2012

Read more: http://naturalsociety.com/connecticut-shooter-adam-lanza-on-hardcore-psychotropic-drugs/#ixzz2FPsM7W8s

Man Stabs 22 Children at Chinese Elementary School


Chinese state media say a man stabbed 22 children and an adult at an elementary school in central China on Friday.

The official Xinhua news agency says the knife-wielding man attacked the children outside a school in Chenpeng village in Henan province. It said the children, whose ages are not known, suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Police say the attacker was later detained, but gave no motive for the stabbings.

Schools in China have increased security following a series of deadly attacks on students in recent years, mostly involving mentally unstable men.

The most recent was in August, when a man broke into a middle school in the southern city of Nanchang and stabbed two students.

In March 2010, a man described as an unemployed middle-aged doctor killed eight children with a knife at a school in the southern city of Nanping.

Some observers say the attacks have highlighted a weakness in the Chinese medical system's ability to diagnose and treat psychiatric illnesses, which have been on the rise as many are unable to cope with the rapid pace of social change.

Man Stabs 22 Children at Chinese Elementary School VOA Friday 14th December, 2012


PRESCRIPTION PAINKILLERS KILL MORE AMERICANS THAN HEROIN & COCAINE COMBINED


According to a new report from Brandeis University, prescription painkillers — opioid or narcotic pain relievers like Vicodin (hydrocodone), OxyContin (oxycodone), Opana (oxymorphone), and methadone — are now responsible for more fatal overdoses in the U.S. than heroin and cocaine combined.
“An epidemic of prescription drug abuse is devastating American families and draining state and federal time, money and manpower,” Rep. Hal Rogers (R-Ky.), chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, said in a media statement about the study. “Law enforcement and health officials are doing heroic work and, thankfully, this report provides a road map to help them further.”
So police and health “officials” are the key to stopping what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has called an epidemic of prescription painkiller deaths? Maybe there is another key factor, another proverbial elephant in the room that needs to be dealt with but that few, including those who wrote this report, want to acknowledge — specifically, the doctors who prescribe these drugs in the millions and who have increasingly prescribed them for over a decade.
Let’s breakdown the new painkiller drug study’s “road map.” The report’s primary conclusion is that “prescription drug monitoring programs should shift from a reactive to a proactive approach.” It points out that most states have programs to curb abuse and addiction but that many don’t fully analyze the data they collect. And the report explains how analyzing trend data can help law enforcement agencies identify “pill mills” that illicitly distribute prescription painkillers and how getting more doctors to participate in and utilize prescription drug monitoring programs (revealing patients who “doctor shop” to get multiple prescriptions) could reduce fatal prescription painkiller overdoses.
But wait a minute. Is the so-called epidemic of  prescription painkiller deaths really going to be halted primarily by more monitoring? Isn’t the key for doctors to cut back on vastly over-prescribing these highly addictive and dangerous drugs in the first place?
If you think these drugs aren’t handed out too readily by MDs, consider this statistic: according the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, enough prescription painkillers were prescribed in 2010 to medicate every American adult around-the-clock for a month. Although many of these drugs ended up being misused or abused, the CDC also notes most of these pills were legitimately prescribed for a medical purpose. But narcotic and opioid drugs are not the only way pain can be relieved. While they may be the drugs of choice in extreme circumstances, other kinds of pain relief from less toxic drugs to natural therapies — including acupuncture, yoga, chiropractic and exercise — can often provide relief to countless pain sufferers without the danger of addiction and death.
Bottom line: the dramatic increase in mortality and overdoses from prescription drugs is largely due to a vastly increased use of these drugs by doctors. In fact, between 1999 and 2010, the sales of these Big Pharma, highly addictive and potentially killer drugs increased four-fold.
And while it is a terrible and sobering fact that, according to the CDC, about 15,000 Americans die from overdosing on prescription painkillers each year, let’s put this tragedy in the larger perspective of the ongoing Big Pharma drug nightmare. The truth is, overdose deaths from painkillers are not the biggest drug problem in the US. Consider that 100,000 Americans die each year from their prescriptions due to known side-effects — not because the doctor made a mistake and prescribed the wrong drug, or the pharmacist made a mistake in filling the prescription, or the patient accidentally took too much or overdosed on purpose.
Sources:


PRESCRIPTION PAINKILLERS KILL MORE AMERICANS THAN HEROIN & COCAINE COMBINED


Sunday, December 16, 2012

PSYCHIATRY’S PRESCRIPTION FOR VIOLENCE

Documenting the impact of a multibillion dollar psychiatric-pharmaceutical industry, this powerful and graphic video contains interviews with experts, parents and victims. Dramatic recordings of actual 911 calls made by desperate family members—and even by a killer himself—convey the chilling reality behind today’s headlines. Here is the shocking truth underlying the current wave of violence devastating our homes, schools and communities.

PSYCHIATRY’S PRESCRIPTION FOR VIOLENCE 

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An Indiana man with 47 guns and stocks of ammunition was arrested after threatening to go into a local elementary school and 'kill as many people as he could before police could stop him'.

Von Meyer, 60, was arrested on Friday after his wife called Cedar Lake police after he threatened to set her on fire and continue his violent spree by attacking a nearby elementary school.

The loaded threat came the same day that a young man killed 20 children and seven others in Newtown, Connecticut.

When police arrived at Meyer's home, they found 47 guns and ammunition, the sum of which cost more than $100,000. 'Through investigation, police learned that Meyer reportedly had a large number of weapons hidden throughout the two story historical home,' the report states. The makes and models of the guns have not been released, but many of them were said to be historical collectors items.

Meyer allegedly said that he was going to light his wife on fire once she fell asleep. His plan didn't end there, however, as he set his sights on the Jane Ball Elementary School which is less than 1,000 feet away from his home. The police report states that the school is easily accessed from Meyer's home by a series of trails and paths that cut through a wooded area. Officials at Jane Ball School were notified, and they immediately took unspecified security measures.

The same happened at all local schools on Friday because of the threat, which was undoubtedly heightened as news rolled in of the shooting in Connecticut. Police arrested Meyer and he now faces four counts of felony intimidation, two counts of resisting law enforcement, and one count of domestic battery. 

Meyer was known to be a member of the Invaders Motorcycle Gang, though his role in the group was unclear. Like the notorious Hells Angels, the Invaders Motorcycle Gang is also considered an outlaw group. The Northern Indiana chapter was founded in 1965. He is being held without bail at the Lake County jail. 

Police arrest man with 47 guns after threatening to 'kill as many people as possible' at ANOTHER elementary school at the SAME TIME as Connecticut massacre 16 December 2012


Saturday, December 15, 2012

Mass shootings and psychiatric drugs


The school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, in which 20 small children and six adults were killed by an armed gunman, is the latest in a rash of tragic mass murders.  Will it also be the next act of senseless violence linked to psychiatric treatment – and, specifically, to psychiatric drugs?
NBC News reports that the 20-year-old alleged shooter, Adam Lanza, had a history of mental illness, according to what his brother Ryan told police.  If Adam Lanza was receiving psychiatric treatment, he almost certainly would have been given mind-altering psychiatric drugs.  If so, which one(s)?
In dozens of cases of mass murder or random acts of senseless violencethe perpetrators are known to have been under the influence of psychiatric drugs that have been documented by international drug regulatory agencies as causing adverse effects that include mania, psychosis, aggression, violence, and homicidal thoughts.
It is high time the public and public officials demand a federal investigation into shootings at schools, malls, and workplaces and any other acts of senseless violence for links to the mind-altering psychiatric drugs the shooters have taken. There is more than enough evidence to merit an investigation, and countless innocent lives are at stake.

Federal Investigation Of The Link Between Shootings and Psychiatric Drugs Is Long Overdue 14 dicembre 2012


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