The drugging of America

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I’ve blogged about mass shootings and gun control before. This is post is not just about psychotropic drug use in mass shootings. Some say it’s a cause, others deny its impact. There are certainly many people who’ve used these drugs and never killed anyone including themselves. However, as I read more and more, I realized the problem is more wide-spread and not isolated to mass shootings. The president, in his gun control speech, mentioned gun suicide, alluding to gun control as a method to help prevent it. As a veteran, I’m saddened by the rate of military suicides. In reading on this topic, I’ve come across articles linking the increase in drug use in the military with the increase in the suicide rate. I found a huge correlation between military suicide and the prescription rate of these drugs. Correlation is not causation, but damn, it’s just there.   I don’t know if it’s a great technique to write a blog by simply quoting a series of other articles and writers, but that’s what this has become. So, everything is referenced at the bottom of the post if you’re so inclined.

There are many factors related to these topics. However, we are being prescribed, and taking, drugs that alter our brain chemistry at alarming rates. For full disclosure, I’ve never taken any of these drugs, so I cannot comment on any positive impacts they may have had on people’s lives. But, after doing some research, I can’t imagine a situation in which I would take one.

The rise of antipsychotics

The use of second-generation antipsychotics nearly tripled from 1995 to 2008 in the United States, ballooning to more than 16 million prescriptions for drugs such as aripiprazole (Abilify), clozapinel (Clozaril) and quetiapine (Seroquel). More than half of those prescriptions in 2008 were for uses with uncertain scientific evidence, according to a study from Stanford University and the University of Chicago based on more than 1,700 physician surveys (Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety, 2011).

I’ll say it again, their use has tripled. And more than half of those prescriptions were for “uses with uncertain scientific evidence.” So, let’s take a look at the warnings on the drugs themselves. I took these right off their sites. (I’ve linked the sites below). Here’s are a few, I added the bold to highlight the point:

Seroquel

Antidepressants have increased the risk of suicidal thoughts and actions in some children, teenagers, and young adults. Patients of all ages starting treatment should be watched closely for worsening of depression, suicidal thoughts or actions, unusual changes in behavior, agitation, and irritability. Patients, families, and caregivers should pay close attention to any changes, especially sudden changes in mood, behaviors, thoughts, or feelings. This is very important when an antidepressant medicine is started or when the dose is changed. These symptoms should be reported immediately to the doctor. SEROQUEL XR is not approved for children under the age of 10 years.

 Wellbutrin

WARNING Suicidality and Antidepressant Drugs Use in Treating Psychiatric Disorders: Antidepressants increased the risk compared to placebo of suicidal thinking and behavior (suicidality) in children, adolescents, and young adults in short-term studies of major depressive disorder (MDD) and other psychiatric disorders. Anyone considering the use of WELLBUTRIN XL or any other antidepressant in a child, adolescent, or young adult must balance this risk with the clinical need. Short-term studies did not show an increase in the risk of suicidality with antidepressants compared to placebo in adults beyond age 24; there was a reduction in risk with antidepressants compared to placebo in adults aged 65 and older. Depression and certain other psychiatric disorders are themselves associated with increases in the risk of suicide. Patients of all ages who are started on antidepressant therapy should be monitored appropriately and observed closely for clinical worsening, suicidality, or unusual changes in behavior. Families and caregivers should be advised of the need for close observation and communication with the prescriber. WELLBUTRIN XL is not approved for use in pediatric patients. (See WARNINGS: Clinical Worsening and Suicide Risk in Treating Psychiatric Disorders, PRECAUTIONS: Information for Patients, and PRECAUTIONS: Pediatric Use.)

Zoloft

Suicidality and Antidepressant Drugs

Antidepressant medicines may increase suicidal thoughts or actions in some children, teenagers, and young adults especially within the first few months of treatment. Depression and certain other serious mental illnesses are important causes of suicidal thoughts and actions. Patients of all ages who are started on antidepressant therapy should be monitored appropriately and observed closely for clinical worsening, suicidality, or unusual changes in behavior. Anyone considering the use of ZOLOFT or any other antidepressant in a child, adolescent, or young adult must balance this risk with the clinical need. ZOLOFT is not approved for use in pediatric patients except for patients with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Fanapt

As with many conditions that affect the way you think or feel, thoughts of suicide may occur. If you get these feelings, seek help immediately from your doctor, or local emergency room.

So, the warning is right on the product. I’m not sure that could be more clear. Is anyone reading these, or just not taking them seriously? We are seriously altering our brain chemistry in ways that doesn’t seem productive. They put it right on the drugs, for God’s sake. Doesn’t this freak you out a little bit, that we’re prescribing drugs at record levels that has that as their warning? It does me. Is it crazy to think there’s a connection between suicides and mass shootings when people are taking drugs with these warning labels?

So, we’re also drugging our children….

 Almost 20,000 prescriptions for risperidone (commonly known as Risperdal), quetiapine (Seroquel) and other antipsychotic medications were written in 2014 for children 2 and younger, a 50 percent jump from 13,000 just one year before, according to the prescription data company IMS Health. Prescriptions for the antidepressant fluoxetine (Prozac) rose 23 percent in one year for that age group, to about 83,000. (NYTimes)

 The number of children taking powerful antipsychotic drugs has nearly tripled over the last 10 to 15 years, according to recent research. The increase comes not because of an epidemic of schizophrenia or other forms of serious mental illness in children, but because doctors are increasingly prescribing the drugs to treat behavior problems, a use not approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). And a disproportionate number of those prescriptions are written for poor and minority children, some as young as age 2. (Consumer Reports)

 Of particular concern is the prescribing of antipsychotic drugs to vulnerable populations, including foster care children and elderly nursing home residents. Foster children are up to four-and-a-half times more likely to receive psychotropic drugs than other children covered by Medicaid, according to a Government Accountability Office report last year. The investigation of foster care programs in five states found that hundreds of children were prescribed multiple psychotropic drugs, including antipsychotic drugs at excessive dosages. Infants also were prescribed psychotropic drugs despite no scientific evidence supporting that use. In response to those findings, the GAO recommended the development of federal best-practice guidelines on the use of psychotropic drugs by foster care programs. (APA)

Why would anyone prescribe any of these drugs to children under two? I can’t imagine. The number of children taking these drugs has tripled? Why? Because doctors are simply prescribing drugs instead of providing other treatment or referrals?

We’re drugging our military

Yet in 2011, a VA study found that 80 percent of veterans diagnosed with PTSD received psychiatric drugs. Of these, 89 percent were treated with antidepressants, and 34 percent were prescribed antipsychotic drugs. (CCHR)

Some 54,581 prescriptions for Seroquel were written for active duty service members in 2011 alone—the vast majority as a sleep aid, a condition for which is it not FDA approved to treat. (CCHR)

2005 – 2011: Military prescriptions for psychoactive drugs increases almost 700 percent. (CCHR)

From the Independent Business Times…

 “Breggin, author of the 2008 book “Medication Madness: The Role of Psychiatry Drugs in Cases of Violence, Suicide and Crime,” told IBTimes that the intensive use of prescription medications came about through the influence of the pharmaceutical industry over the military and VA. Soon after the start of the second Gulf War, Breggin said, “we saw a sea change in the prescribing of these drugs to our troops. This cannot be accounted for by anything other than military decisions at the very top that were certainly influenced by the pharmaceutical industry, which markets from the top down, then the drugs flow to millions.”

Breggin, who has testified before Congress about what he describes as the over-drugging of troops and its consequences, said there is a “disturbingly rampant practice” of prescribing psychotropic prescription drugs to young soldiers both in combat and after they return home. The extent of the military’s use of prescription drugs was quantified in a 2012 analysis by the Austin American-Statesman of nearly every drug purchase made by Department of Defense during that period, which found that spending on drugs ballooned by more than 123 percent, from $3 billion in 2002 to $6.8 billion in 2011, which outpaced by nearly double the overall increase in reported pharmaceutical sales in the U.S. (IBTimes)

 Here’s another excerpted personal story from the Independent Business Times.

When former U.S. Army Specialist Kyle Wesolowski returned from Iraq in December 2010 following a brutal yearlong deployment, psychiatrists at the Fort Hood army post in Texas gave him “a cocktail of seven different drugs” for his anxiety, depression and other war-related mental health issues.

More than three years later, Wesolowski has come to an uncomfortable conclusion about the unintended consequences of ingesting those medications: They made him homicidal.

 While desperately struggling to taper off the drugs without an exit strategy from his military doctors, Wesolowski contemplated murdering a young woman he met in a bar near the base. “When she talked to me, I put on a fake smile and tried to be nice,” Wesolowski said, though in reality he recalled hating her for being happy and carefree, and now says that due to the side effects of his drug cocktail, he felt violent urges. “I began to fantasize about killing her,” he said.

 Stories such as Wesolowski’s generally remain submerged unless they end in tragedy, as happened at Fort Hood on April 3 when Iraq war veteran Ivan Lopez shot and killed three people and wounded 16 others, then killed himself.

 The violent tendencies of some mentally traumatized soldiers and veterans cannot be written off as an aberration, said Dr. Peter Breggin, a psychiatrist and author who’s written extensively about the potential dangers of the use of psychotropic drugs to treat mental illness among servicemen and servicewomen. Breggin contends such episodes are the result of what he describes as a “massive prescription drug epidemic” that encompasses the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs, in which tens of thousands of soldiers and veterans returning from traumatic tours of duty ingest drugs – in some cases multiple varieties – that can have significant side effects, including intensifying feelings of rage.

 http://www.ibtimes.com/medicating-our-troops-oblivion-prescription-drugs-said-be-endangering-us-soldiers-1572217

I just have to say this. I’m not a doctor, but prescribing drugs whose side-effects are suicidal thoughts to depressed and mentally disturbed people doesn’t make sense to me.

So, I’ve not even written about mass shootings. I’m not going to. There’s a Huffington post article linked below that argues why psychiatric drug use doesn’t have anything to do with mass shootings.

All you have to do is read the warning labels.

 

http://www.seroquelxr.com/

http://www.wellbutrinxl.com/

www.zoloft.com

https://www.fanapt.com/

http://www.veterans.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/For%20the%20Record%20-%20CCHR%204.30.14.pdf

http://www.cchrint.org/2015/09/10/psychotropic-drugs-cause-suicide/

http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/barbara-hollingsworth/army-psychologist-direct-correlation-between-military-suicides

http://www.ibtimes.com/medicating-our-troops-oblivion-prescription-drugs-said-be-endangering-us-soldiers-1572217

http://www.alternet.org/drugs/americas-number-one-prescription-sleep-aid-could-trigger-zombies-murder-and-other-disturbing

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db135.htm

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/11/us/psychiatric-drugs-are-being-prescribed-to-infants.html?_r=0

http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/2013/12/are-too-many-kids-taking-antipsychotic-drugs/index.htm

http://www.ladailypost.com/content/brief-history-psychotropic-drugs-prescribed-mass-murderers

http://www.apa.org/monitor/2012/06/prescribing.aspx

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/06/01/us/drug-companies-increase-spending-on-efforts-to-lobby-congress-and-governments.html?pagewanted=all

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/marvin-ross/antipyschotics-school-shootings_b_2467182.html

http://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/soldiers-at-war-in-fog-of-psychotropic-drugs/

 

UF/UF 120: Season 4 – The Deaden-ing

Hard to believe but we are into Season 4 of UF/UF The Podcast. I’m not exactly sure when we started. I imagine there is a way to figure that out but I think we all know we here at UF/UF are just to lazy for all that non-sense.

Tonight we have the death spiral of several campaigns. The field gets smaller and The Donald gets louder. On the D side it’s down to Bern and Hill-dog as What’s His Nuts drops out. Was he ever really in? No matter, we break it all down tonight!

So enough with the bally-who. Here is Episode 120, Season 4, UF/UF The Podcast.

UF/UF 120: Season 4 – The Deaden-ing

Thats's us. Two jerks with an internet connection. Hupp's on the right.

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UF/UF 119: 6 no Trump

Hey guess what? An actual debate broke out Thursday. Trump boycotted. Fox showed their ass. And policy was discussed at length for the first time this election cycle. Oh and a Jersey boy made a move. Did you know he’ was a federal prosecutor?

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Tease Time!

 

Yes Don't.

Yes Don’t.

The Jersey Way

So Chris Christie was a federal prosecutor? I had no idea. He only says it every time he opens his mouth. And that’s a lot of times. He made some hay while The Donald was off having a hissy fit.

 

 

 

Trump is afraid of her.

Trump is afraid of her. I ain’t.

 

The Donald Way

So Trump got skeert that Megyn Kelly was moderating the debate on Fox. So he did what Trump does. He held a fabulous, classy, best ever, event of his own.  A fundraiser for the Vets, in Iowa, televised by CNN and MSNBC at the same time as the debate.

 

 

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Trump, Palin, and here come the haters

So, Sarah Palin comes out and endorses Donald Trump, and here come the haters. I gotta tell you, I really don’t understand.

Let me make my position clear. I don’t really support Donald Trump for President. I mean, he doesn’t scare me any more than Obama getting elected, but…. I like Sarah Palin, but would not want her to be the President. As a public figure, I get a kick out of her. Sue me. I actually have a Sarah Palin bobblehead for the studio. I’d get a Hillary bobblehead, but, ha, no, that would make a person sick. I don’t understand the vile hatred the democrats in general, and the farther left in particular, have for her. This woman draws more hatred than any public figure I know. It’s like a knee-jerk, Pavlov-dog response every time she appears in public. (Which doesn’t look good on you, by the way. Makes you look responsively dumb)

I mean, I get it, it’s a circus, but no less than a presidential candidate coming out with Greek columns and theatre smoke.

The website Mashable runs a story about the jacket she was wearing. Really? WTF?

Let’s run a couple of things down.

Harry Reed admitted he lied about Mitt Romney’s tax returns when Romney ran for president. Admitted it was a complete fabrication, and when asked, said “He lost, didn’t he?” The fact that he said this really didn’t even get a bump in the media. But you hate Palin

Nancy Pelosi said “You have to pass the bill so we can know what’s in it.” I mean, what? How stupid is that? But you hate Palin.

Hillary Clinton. Liar. I mean, you can’t even argue this point. Benghazi, emails, servers. Her husband. But you hate Palin.

Barrack Obama said when he was running for president that he’d been to “all 57 states.” He’s turned the middle-east into a quagmire, particularly starting with the “red-line” that he took no action with in Syria. See, there’s a long argument there that I’m not going into, but he’s made things worse by creating big question marks in the heads of the people in the region that are supposed to be our allies. If you listen to our podcast, you know my position that the middle-east is a hornet’s nest that is not at the fault of any one president. But leave it to say that Obama’s made it far worse with a horrible foreign policy. If you don’t understand this read some shit. He said ISIS was the “JV” squad. Ok, let’s go on to “If you like your plan you can keep your plan, if you like your doctor you can keep your doctor” Liar of the year. The IRS was used as a political arm targeting specific groups, (which Obama denied) this is not disputable, read the GAO report. Regardless of your side of the fence, if that doesn’t bother you you’re an idiot. What happens when a Republican’s president? I mean, I could go on about this administration endlessly. But you hate Palin.

But you hate Sarah Palin.

See, I might understand animosity for a person, that, let’s say, has been accused of abusing women for years,  abused his position, influenced a young lady to give him BJ’s, and then said “It depends on what your definition of ‘is’ is.” Yea, I might get that.

They’ve attacked her and her family and told incredibly inappropriate jokes about her family. Letterman told an awful joked about one of her daughters, which he eventually  apologized for, but, I thought families were supposed to be off limits. Go ahead, make a joke about Sasha or Malia and see where that gets you.

The same people who want to tell you how bad bullying is, how people shouldn’t be shamed for who they are, write articles about the jacket Palin wore during her appearance. Very intellectual.

See, Pelosi, Reed, Kerry, Obama, Clinton(s), these people have lied to you and screwed you going and coming. Sarah Palin’s never held a federal public office, but I see your hatred on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, mainstream. ??

I don’t understand why people spend so much time and effort to share their hatred of Sarah Palin (who doesn’t currently hold any office) when our county’s being run by the biggest bunch of incompetent liars we’ve ever had.

I understand partisanship, but this is not that. Partisanship is the only reason anyone could still support Hillary Clinton. I really don’t like Harry Reed, Nancy, or Obama, but I don’t go out of my way to express it.

By the way, I’ve got some bad news for you Palin haters…

Trump’s probably going to be the next President….

Which makes me laugh a little…cause…damn!

Well, it’s a snow day…

UF/UF 118: Yes He Can!

ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED!

ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED!

Who woulda thunk it? Not I, not Hupp. Well Hupp did have an inclination and laid out the path by which victory could be possible a while ago. Well guess what? The path becomes more clear and more straight by the day. He can win. Hupp now says he will win. Who is he? The Donald of course. The hairpiece. The mouth heading to the south. Judging from this last debate Trump is down to about two or three hurdles to jump before he becomes the nominee for President of the United States for the Republican party.

Let that sink in. We’ll wait.

 

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TEASE ME PLEASE ME!

 

Preach!

Preach!

Bitch Please!

Is it just me or has Ben Carson become a whining idiot? He is the only candidate who still complains about not getting air time. His first words in this last debate were “Oh I’m glad you asked me a question finally. I didn’t think you knew I was here.” Yeah Ben you just summed up your candidacy perfectly.

 

 

HA! Look at all my Hydrogen! Take that you Yankee dogs!

HA! Look at all my Hydrogen! Take that you Yankee dogs!

Hall of Fame!

You can keep your Baseball HoF with their rigged voting and your NFL HoF with their drunken speeches. Tonight we cut the ribbon on the UF/UF Asshole Hall of Fame with our inaugural class of 2016 inductees. I won’t spoil it but the first man in started an earthquake in his own country test firing an H-Bomb. Yeah. We. Are. Next. Level. Submit your inductee list in the comments below.

 

 

I find your lack of UF/UF subscription disturbing.

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I know a guy.

Well I know 5 guys and they’re bad. All bad. And we list out the top 5 bad guys in movies for you tonight. It’s an official list so don’t miss out. Feel free to challenge or add your list in the comments below. You know who tops the list.

 

 

 

 

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UF/UF 118 Yes He Can!

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UF/UF 117: Happy New Year!

It’s the new year and we’re still here. Hard to believe really. But we are so we’ll continue on. Tune in for our Top Five list where we lay out the five things we want to see in 2016. (Spoiler: one lists sucks worse than the other.) But you gotta click to find out which one.

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Gonna be a Trump kind of year.

Gonna be a Trump kind of year.

 

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UF/UF 116 – The Christmas Spectacular!!!

Want to keep that Yule Tide feeling going the day after? Well click the link and grab some Nog. We’ll get you from post Christmas let down back to Holly Jolly in two shakes.

UF/UF 116 – The Christmas Spectacular!!!

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Plus don’t miss Hupp’s own version of Twas the Night Before Christmas! And is that doesn’t get you in the Christmas mood, here’s a pic of Kate Upton in zero gravity. Merry Christmas. You’re welcome.

God bless us everyone.

God bless us everyone.

 

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