Saturday, July 24, 2010

Do psychotropic drugs help prevent suicides? - It appears not


Do psychotropic drugs help prevent suicides? - It appears not


Report from Alliance for Human Research Protection

Swedish Suicide Data 2007: Majority Treated With Psych Drugs

The majority of persons who committed suicide in Sweden in 2007 had received extensive treatment with psychiatric drugs within a year of committing suicide.

An independent report by Janne Larsson, analyzes the 2007 suicide data documented by the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare (NBHW) and from the regional departments of the National Board of Forensic Medicine. The data, not readily available to the public, was obtained under Freedom of Information requests.

In 2007, there were 1,126 definite suicides in Sweden (325 women and 801 men).
Autopsy reports were made for 1,109 of the suicides--which is 98%.

The majority of persons who committed suicide in Sweden in 2007 had received extensive treatment with psychiatric drugs within a year of committing suicide.

None of these suicide cases were reported to the registry for adverse drug events

The report has three main parts:

• It gives unique data about all suicides committed in 2007 and the psychiatric drugs that the persons received within a year of the suicide.

• It compares these data with autopsy reports about psychiatric drugs found in the blood (of 98%) of all the persons who committed suicide in 2007.

• For persons who received healthcare service and committed suicide in 2007--a subgroup of 393 persons (a third of all suicides)-- the report provides extensive information about the psychiatric drug treatment provided to them during the last year of their lives.

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I urge to stop over at AHRP site to read the rest of this article.

This news should come as a huge warning salvo to our mental health system in America, It also should remind us all that using pharmacological means as a front line approach for suicide prevention very well may be a completely futile effort, and also could be actually causing many more problems/tragic outcomes than it helps.

Of course this will not make the huge pharmaceutical corporations or those drug pimping front advocacy groups for Big Pharma very happy. But then they are experts and very well versed in burying the truth from the public with massive and expensive media misinformation campaigns.


psychiatric drug magic bullets not only appear to not stop/prevent suicides, they actually may be a large negative determining factor in actual outcome

2 comments:

Herrad said...

Hi Stan,

I also think these drugs are more likely to be the cause not the prevention of suicide.
Worrying that there is so much reliance on changing things by use of nasty meds rather than looking to change other aspects of a persons life which do not involve playing with their minds.
Love,
Herrad

Stan said...

So nice of you to stop by Herrad my friend. You are the genuine article and living treasure chest full of endless joy and hope.

I am wishing life is treating you well these blistery summer days. I have definitely been amiss lately getting over to your wonderful bloggery island to touch bases.

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