Vets dying from antipsychotics used for PTSD

Peace be with you

From the Register-guard:

“The life expectancy of those treated in community mental health centers has plunged to an appalling 25 years less than average. Life expectancy may have fallen by as much as 15 years since 1986. Indications are that the death rate continues to accelerate in what must be ranked as one of the worst public health disasters in U.S. history.

The toxicity of antipsychotic medications, also known as neuroleptics, is thoroughly documented. Atypical antipsychotics initially seemed less hazardous because they produce fewer movement disorders. We now know that the newer drugs lead to more cardiovascular disease, which is by far the leading killer of those in the public mental health system.

People who need mental health services already suffer from high rates of cigarette smoking, lack of exercise, substance abuse, poor nutrition, homelessness and poor access to health care. Adding medications pours gasoline on a fire. This lethal combination is almost certainly driving the spiraling death rate.”

The Charleston Gazette ran a story about deaths caused by a pharmaceutical cocktail given to treat Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in returning Veterans. The Washington Post ran an article claiming a psychologist working in a “post-traumatic stress disorder program at a medical facility for veterans” in Texas told her fellow “staff members to refrain from diagnosing PTSD because so many veterans were seeking government disability payments for the condition.” It seems that Vets who are diagnosed with PTSD can receive $2,527 a month in much deserved benefits, but the same Vet wouldn’t get shit if they are diagnosed with what’s called “adjustment disorder.”

Readers of the Plazoid know that these antipsychotics are designed to shorten the lives of those who take them. If greedy bastards like Cheney had to pay young returning soldiers $2,500 a month for life then it would cut into the lucrative $3.9 billion Kellogg Brown & Root “reconstruction work” in Iraq and Afghanistan. As Secretary of Defense, under Bush the elder, Cheney conveniently changed the rules restricting private contractors doing work on U.S. military bases, allowing the Kellogg Brown & Root, subsidiary of Halliburton, to receive billions in contracts. His retirement package for his “reconstruction workers” and U.S. military alike was exposure to 350 tons of depleted uranium. Now on top of that intentional exposure, and all its deadly consequences, they are killing many of the vets prematurely with antipsychotics.

The FDA says: “Of a total of seventeen placebo controlled trials performed with olanzapine (Zyprexa), aripiprazole (Abilify), risperidone (Risperdal), or quetiapine (Seroquel) in elderly demented patients with behavioral disorders, fifteen showed numerical increases in mortality in the drug-treated group compared to the placebo-treated patients.”

Besides the three fold increase in sudden cardiac deaths antipsychotics also cause severe chronic illness, and/or premature death from: diabetes (type II) , hypertension, stroke, obesity, cardiovascular disease, akathisia, and and long-term neurological dysfunction. liver damage, mania, aggression, violence and an increased risk of suicide and suicidal acts.

It makes you wonder just why the U.S. has doped foreigners it has deported – in “more than 250 cases the Washington Post has identified in which the government has, without medical reason, given drugs meant to treat serious psychiatric disorders.” Or does it?

love eternal
tad

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3 Responses to “Vets dying from antipsychotics used for PTSD”

  1. Rose Says:

    dying? dieing? dieting?

  2. Rose Says:

    You’re right, Tad. There’s too much, too many drugs being prescribed and used.

  3. fightback Says:

    29 Thurs. May, 2008.
    ______________________________

    There is no more dangerous class of drugs
    than PSYCHIATRIC drugs (currently given to schoolkids to seniors)

    Complete INSANITY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    _________________________________________

    SHORT HISTORY: Psychiatric drugs are used
    by police states (old Soviet Union, current Russia, Red China
    North Korea, etc.) to destroy the thinking ability of
    the individual. Worse yet, psychiatric drugs induce
    suicide !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    _________________________________________________
    DON’T PLAY Russian Roulette with “psychiatric drugs.”
    Read, REad, Read up people. M.D.’s, profit-making companys,
    the mass media, and least of all the government are
    experts in lying, falsifying, manipulating, fabricating at will
    to bamboozle the individual.

    Read, Read, REad up people. What you don’t know will KILL YOU.

    ___________________________________________________ Thurs. 5-29-2008.

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