Prozac Causes More Deaths than Any Other Drug Essay

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Prozac Causes More Deaths than Any Other Drug

Something is wrong with the focus on the "drug war" when 200,000 people die each year from prescription drugs, yet only 20,000 die from illegal drug use. Adverse reactions of prescription drugs are the third leading cause of death in America. In fact, people have a seven times greater chance of dying walking into their doctor's office than they do getting behind the wheel of their car! Every year approximately 200,000 souls die from prescription drug reactions with another 80,000 dying from medical malpractice (The International). Where is the FDA? Why do they continue to allow doctors to prescribe these drugs? How could they let it get to this point? What once was believed to be a
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Another man told of his horrible experience with Prozac in an anonymous letter to Ann Tracy, Ph.D., who was doing research on the adverse affects of Prozac. He was taking Prozac for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and had been using it for a year; "I quite liked the unsought-for increase in confidence, sociability, etc." However, after he stopped taking it he began to experience what he called "a whole host of mental problems that I'd never experienced before." He described a lack of emotional response that soon became a full-blown depersonalization disorder, which was accompanied by episodes of derealization, extreme experiences of mental impairment, and loss of short-term memory. He went to seven of Los Angeles's top psychiatrists, each one telling him the same thing. They claimed that it wasn't the drug and would prescribe him higher doses of Prozac and other mind-altering drugs. He began to experience "nauseatingly violent dreams with a constant state of unremitting depersonalization . . .to the point where I could barely function." It got so bad that he began to consider suicide.

In a last resort, the writer decided to visit Dr. Murray Susser, one of the foremost authorities on the treatment of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. After telling Dr. Susser his story about the mental illness and the psychiatrists who had told him that it had nothing to do with Prozac, Dr. Susser said "B**L S**T! It's the drug, I see this kind of thing all of the time. I
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