Category Archives: Police suicides

Psychiatric Drugs Are Screwing People Up

Another young couple’s relationship has ended in a suicide, and the surviving one has been charged with involuntary manslaughter for urging her boyfriend to kill himself. The two were Boston College students, and the boyfriend, Alexander Urtula, committed suicide just hours before he was to attend graduation ceremonies at his college.

Allegedly, police found tens of thousands of texts on his phone in which the girlfriend, Inyoung You, was urging him to kill himself. She was even there at the top of the parking garage with him when he jumped off to his death, allegedly. The boyfriend had a history of mental illness, depression, etc. and she allegedly exploited that for her own power trip.

In my opinion, urging someone to do something, no matter how strongly one does so, is not a crime, and she should not be charged. Many people are influenced by many things toward their deciding to do something. But in the end, the individual is responsible for his own decisions and actions and his acting something out by his own free will.

Apparently, the couple’s parents were aware of their abusive relationship, but the parents did nothing. Should those parents also be charged with aiding and abetting a suicide for their not taking preventive action? If you’re going to charge a girlfriend for involuntary manslaughter for being mean and urging her boyfriend to commit suicide, then to be consistent you should charge those close to them who were aware of that abuse but did nothing. So in my opinion, that kind of charge is absurd.

But that is not the point of this post. I would really like to know if the young Alexander Urtula had been taking those prescription anti-depressant drugs or anti-anxiety drugs.

Those drugs, such as Xanax, Zoloft, Luvox, Prozac, valium, etc., have been shown to exacerbate depression and cause suicidal thoughts and behaviors. It is well documented now.

Dr. Peter Breggin has written and spoken extensively on that subject. See his antidepressant drug resource and information page for information.

Dr. Breggin describes exactly how antidepressants can cause further depression or suicidal thoughts and behaviors. For instance: “Antidepressants are neurotoxic, that is, they harm the brain and disrupt its functions. As a result, they cause innumerable kinds of abnormal thinking and behaviors, including mania, suicide and violence. In the process, they cause detectable damage to the brain of the child or adult, and also to the fetus of pregnant mothers who take the drug (See Scientific Section 9).”

This particular case of the two college students is very similar to the Michelle Carter case. In that case, Michelle Carter was a high school student who in 2014 had urged her boyfriend Conrad Roy to commit suicide. Their relationship was a dysfunctional one, apparently. Well, he did commit suicide, Michelle was charged with involuntary manslaughter and then convicted of that, based on her words and nothing else.

The two teens had only been together physically very minimally for a year, but most of their contact had been through texting. Tens of thousands of texts, just like in the current case of the Boston College youths.

Carter was convicted of involuntary manslaughter, and the Massachusetts state Supreme Court upheld the conviction. Apparently, the Justices do not believe in freedom of speech or that individuals are responsible for their own actions. She is appealing the conviction now to the U.S. Supreme Court. But, given the ignorant clowns we have there now, I am not holding my breath.

So the new case of the two Boston College students, Inyoung You and Alexander Urtula, in which Ms. You urged Mr. Urtula to commit suicide, and he did, is a similar case. But I am wondering if those two, like Michelle Carter and Conrad Roy, had been taking those psychiatric drugs, particularly Urtula. And if so, was it the effects of the drugs that had made his depression worse and caused him to have suicidal thoughts?

Dr. Breggin has written quite a bit about the Michelle Carter case, and he was an expert witness at her trial regarding her having been taking antidepressants.

In this article, Dr. Breggin notes that both Carter and her boyfriend Conrad Roy had been taking antidepressants for years. In this other article he shows how her taking Prozac at such a young age ultimately worsened Michelle’s eating disorder and depression. Dr. Breggin notes that children should not be given antidepressants at all.

In fact, I think that antidepressants and anti-anxiety drugs are so over-prescribed that many doctors are giving them to patients who are not suffering from chronic, clinical depression but who are just feeling unhappy or depressed at certain times, and it’s the drugs themselves that actually cause a more severe case of depression and even suicidal thoughts! The primary doctors as well as the crazy psychiatrists! Honestly, I think the psychiatrists are addicted to giving out those terrible drugs.

Now, as Jon Rappoport noted in his newly revived blog regarding the harm that psychiatric drugs cause, for those who are taking a psychiatric drug and want to stop, don’t do it suddenly. It must be done gradually and under a knowledgeable practitioner’s supervision. Dr. Breggin has addressed the problems involving psychiatric drug withdrawal.

And I very much recommend that particular post by Jon Rappoport, who describes the history of and relationship between psychiatric drugs and violence, particularly the school shootings in the past two decades.

Many school shootings involved shooters who had been taking antidepressants or anti-anxiety drugs. This article by Sam Jacobs lists some of the many examples of school shootings and workplace violence in which the violent ones were taking psychiatric drugs.

Dr. Breggin has an excellent article asserting that more psychiatry means more shootings. Quite an assertion. But he gives a lot of details to back that up.

And I still believe that the individual is responsible for his own actions, drugs or not. We can’t blame the drug if its user kills someone. BUT, the drugs are contributors to screwing people up, in my opinion.

Dr. Breggin writes: “Not only do psychiatric drugs add to the risk of violence, but psychiatric treatment lulls the various authorities and the family into believing that the patient is now “under control” and “less of a risk.” Even the patient may think the drugs are helping, and continue to take them right up to the moment of violence.”

Again, as Dr. Breggin has shown, those psychiatric drugs can worsen someone’s depression and cause suicidal thoughts and behaviors, as well as violence. And we know that Michelle Carter and her deceased boyfriend were taking psychiatric drugs, so I want to know if this latest couple, Inyoung You and Alexander Urtula, had been taking any psychiatric drugs. Will investigators allow that information to be made public, if it is the case?

And finally, given the epidemic of police suicides in New York City, had any of those officers been taking antidepressants or other psychiatric drugs? That article states that some of them are being “treated” for PTSD. We know what that means.

Furthermore, we know that there is a high number of military veteran suicides and active duty military suicides. The military “doctors” giving the soldiers and vets psychiatric drugs has also been well documented. I’m sure the pharmaceutical companies are benefiting from all this as well.

Why So Many Police Suicides?

It appears that there has been an increase in suicides among police in the U.S. There have been four in New York City in just the last month.

One of the issues is that while there are a lot of stressful moments that cops have to deal with, there is a stigma involved in seeking help, according to 90% of the officers surveyed in an I-Team investigation.

But what is it that’s causing the officers to feel so desperate that they have to end their lives?

One thing is for sure, there are many more laws on the books that the officers are being made to enforce, that shouldn’t be on the books.

There are all the drug laws. Why did our society become one in which the government acts as our nanny-caretaker, and telling us what we are allowed to consume into our own bodies? There are so many laws now, addressing what kinds of drugs are in this “schedule” or category, all the laws that say how much of one drug can get you thrown in jail for two years and how much of some other drug can get you thrown into jail for 30 years. It’s literally a crazy scheme, I think.

The government says that possession of something is a crime, even if you didn’t steal it. (And I’m not a drug person, by the way, I am a health food and health drink person.) So possessing a drug, in this or that amount, is a crime, selling it to someone is a crime, buying it is a crime.

But these aren’t crimes, because there is no victim.

And where did the government get the authority to prohibit the people from using or possessing drugs? Where in the U.S. Constitution does it say anything about drugs or does it authorize the federal government to get involved in drugs?

And also, didn’t they try to prohibit alcohol? And they failed miserably at that as well. Why hasn’t our society learned from that?

So there’s this whole war on drugs that’s a failed, unwinnable war, and making police officers get involved in it, local police and federal law enforcement including the FBI and other agencies.

And the real criminals, in my opinion, are those with badges and guns who are breaking into people’s homes, shooting their dogs (and shooting and killing the people as well), terrorizing and assaulting people who are otherwise behaving peacefully, to enforce this authoritarian nanny-state war on drugs.

And then there are all the other kinds of laws that police feel obligated to enforce, such as all the bureaucratic code laws. For example, this guy Eric Garner being choked to death — that’s in the news again — by police acting like goons because Garner was selling individual, untaxed cigarettes.

First, if we had an actual free market, if Garner had a pack of cigarettes then he has a right to sell each individual cigarette if he wants to. There shouldn’t be any regulation of that. And regarding the taxes, well, the government demands that people pay some sort of tribute to the bureaucrats in charge just because of selling or buying something. Are the bureaucrats justified in demanding such a payment? Nope, in my opinion.

So, police are being given so much responsibility and so many laws on the books now to have to enforce. I think they are being trained to act over-zealously for no good reason. And that causes them stress.

And there are many officers now who are military veterans and who have PTSD. They witnessed (or caused in some cases) atrocities during war such as in Iraq, and that affects them. Some of them have already been given psychiatric drugs, from military doctors, which already screws them up before they have reentered civilian life and joined a police force. (See Dr. Peter Breggin: Antidepressants cause suicide and violence in soldiers.)

Another possible reason for police suicides that could be associated with having to enforce unjust laws and possibly having to forcibly detain, arrest and assault (or kill) an otherwise peaceful person, could be a guilty conscience. Such issues have arisen in the military and at war. The U.S. military has been experiencing record numbers of active duty suicides, and, Jacob Hornberger, of the Future of Freedom Foundation, thinks that such problems with soldiers could be a guilty conscience.

Police are often compared to military, especially these days with the ghastly militarization of local police forces.

And then there are the steroids that supposedly some cops use, according to Professor John Hoberman of the University of Texas, Austin, who has studied steroid use. This has been a problem for police departments in Miami and New York, and other cities who are now imposing mandatory drug testing on police.

Steroids have terrible medical side effects as well, including on the liver and the heart, and “can cause mania, delusions, and violent aggression or ‘roid rage'” according to WebMD.

So besides all those issues, I think that police have too much pressure upon them to have to enforce the many, many laws that are on the books, that shouldn’t be on the books, because they are unjust laws and don’t involve actual criminal activity in which there is a victim. As Wendy McElroy wrote, it would be a good idea to decriminalize the average innocent, peaceful person.

And this should at least help to de-stress the police.