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Before You Take That Antidepressant, Visit This Web Site

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With our national love of drugs, sex, celebrities and violence you'd think SSRIstories.com would be more popular.

The 12-year-old web site lists 3,500 crime related news reports linked to the use of SSRI antidepressants with celebrities like Wynona Ryder, Heath Ledger, Brittany Murphy, Anna Nicole Smith, Heather Locklear, Glen Campbell, Carrie Fisher, Sharon Osbourne, Phil Hartman, Princess Di's driver, Patrick Swayze's Sister, O.J. Simpson and the Crown Prince of Nepal generously sprinkled in.

You can search and sort stories by drug--Lexapro, Celexa, Luvox, Prozac, Zoloft and Paxil and the related Effexor and Cymbalta--date, location, type of violence and the articles about school shootings, famous cases and legal cases won on SSRI defenses are color coded.

You don't even have to read the whole article.

SSRIstories founder and manager Betty Henderson pulls out and boldfaces the story's drug-related citation like Lynyrd Skynyrd harmonicist Mike Caruso's remark that, "the doctor put me on Cymbalta. That turned me manic," and Oklahoma murder suspect Ronson Bush's remark, "I killed my friend when I took these. I'm not going to take them," when offered SSRIs at the Grady County Jail.

The site even has medical journal credibility, cited in an article in the spring 2009 Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons in which author Joel M. Kauffman, Ph.D wrote, "Since no clinical trial involving multiple homicides is ever likely to be run, no firmer evidence [of SSRI dangers than SSRIstories] is likely to be found."

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Martha Rosenberg is an award-winning investigative public health reporter who covers the food, drug and gun industries. Her first book, Born With A Junk Food Deficiency: How Flaks, Quacks and Hacks Pimp The Public Health, is distributed by Random (more...)
 

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