Canvassing for Opinion - aka "Blairs Brain on Cannabis"

IMHO prohibition sentiment requires inherent addiction to status quo, an incapacity to visualise beyond the here and now and a desperate desire to know others might feel the same... Reform is not revolutionary, rather it is evolutionary. Having survived banging your head against a brick wall the evolutionist relishes having stopped. / Blair

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Marijuana vs SSRI's, Which is Safer?

This item by Cynthia A. Janak is particularly relevant to New Zealand's drug policy consultation where SSRI's are under scrutiny and cannabis prohibition "Murders" are the order of the day.

Murder accused Daniel Moore awaits the outcome of summing up and jury deliberations regarding the hand less body case of his Dad's best friend, Tony Stanlake.

This one murder is one too many. I knew Daniels Dad. Daniel is the same age as my son.

New Zealand has the highest per capita consumption rate in the OECD alongside the highest arrest rate per/k in the world. Is is no small wonder that the 200 tonnes of cannabis consumed by some 500,000 NZ'ers every year is grown by someone. What Mr Moore Jr appears to have been addicted too is the unique product of prohibition, the money, greed, power, status AND thrill.

We, by our silence that resembles stupidity are architects of this dysfunction.


What I am going to do today is give you a comparison of different news reports that deal with the murder of an individual or many individuals because of marijuana or SSRI use. So far I have spent several hours on this topic. To my dismay I did not find any articles where a person who just smoked marijuana picked up a gun and murdered innocent people. What I did find were many articles were people were murdered because of a marijuana buy or because they were a dealer.
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With the evidence that I had acquired in doing this research I did a comparison for the risk of murder by the users of marijuana and SSRI's. My conclusion is that marijuana is safer for the average individual use. SSRI's are dangerous to the health and safety of society as a whole and have the potential to create because of use an individual capable of mass murder.
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Because of my findings I feel it is safe to say that the prohibition on the usage of marijuana has created a black market atmosphere of criminal activity between the United States and surrounding countries because of illegal transportation and selling of marijuana by gangs and other gangster types.
see Cynthia A. Janak - Marijuana vs. SSRIs: which is safer

Drug labels must carry suicide alert
Regulator issues safety ruling on all anti-depressant medicines sold here By Tom PrendevilleSunday February 24 2008 All brands of antidepressant for sale in Ireland will have to carry a warning that the side-effects may include suicide. After a review carried out by the US Food and Drugs Agency, 33 products which are also widely prescribed in Ireland were deemed to carry a significant risk and merit the warning.The US Food and Drug Administration analysed 295 studies of antidepressants involving 77,000 people who were on the medication, and found that the risk of suicide in young people was almost twice that of adults aged over-25.

Consider this: for just one month, this month so far!!

Suicide
Antidepressant
2008-02-01
Iraq
Soldier from Nevada Kills Self in Iraq
Suicide-By-Cop
Antidepressant
Withdrawal
2008-02-01
Australia
Man in Recent Withdrawal Kills Self
Psychiatric Symptoms
Chantix
2008-02-03
Global
FDA Issues Warning on Chantix: Suicidal Behaviors & Other Psychiatric Symptoms

Suicide
Paxil
2008-02-03
California
13 Year Old
Kills Self: Lawsuit: Dismissed Because of State Law
Violence/Bizarre Behavior
Antidepressants
2008-02-05
England
Three CEOs Become Either Violent or Exhibit Bizarre Behavior on Antidepressants
Osteoporosis
SSRIs
2008-02-06
Global
++Double The Risk for Osteoporosis for Those on SSRIs
Hospitalization
Antidepressants
2008-02-06
California
Actress
Who Promoted Effexor in Cities Around the U.S. Is in the Hospital: Meds Not Working
Violence
Antidepressant
2008-02-07
Massachusetts
14 Year Old Boy Stabs Police Officer in Chest

Suicide

Prozac
2008-02-07
England
Young Woman Kills Herself
Suicidal Behavior
Celexa & Wellbutrin
2008-02-07
Oregon
Police Officer Engages in Suicidal Behavior
Vehicular Homicide
Antidepressants
2008-02-07
Georgia
Woman Taking Three Antidepressants Kills Two in Car Crash: No Alcohol Involved

Stabbing
Celexa
2008-02-07
Massachusetts
College
Coed Stabs Ex-Boyfriend: Serious Injuries

Violence
Med For Depression
2008-02-07
Ireland
Man Smashes the Windows in Police Station: Uses Hatchet

Death
Antidepressant
2008-02-07
Massachusetts
25 Year Old Woman Dies of Complications From her Antidepressant

Harassment

Prozac
2008-02-13
England
Woman Taken To Court For Abusing Taxi Driver
Violence
Prozac
2008-02-13
Minnesota
Prozac Made Woman Feel Violent
Injury To Child
Cymbalta
2008-02-14
New York
Man Critcally Injures Toddler
Suicide-By-Cop
Antidepressant
Withdrawal
2008-02-14
Florida Police Forced to Shoot Armed Man
Suicide Attempt
Prozac
2008-02-14
New Mexico
Woman Attempts to Kill Herself
Assault
Med For Depression
2008-02-14
England
Man Assaults Club Doorwoman
School Shooting
Prozac WITHDRAWAL
2008-02-15
Illinois
** 6 Dead: 15 Wounded: Perpetrator Was in Withdrawal from Med & Acting Erratically
Suicide
Wellbutrin
2008-02-18
Arizona
Woman's Death Ruled Suicide by Overdose
Suicide Attempt
Antidepressant
2008-02-18
Michigan
Judge Attempts Suicide: Also Involved Pain Medication Interaction
Delusions
Prozac
Withdrawal
2008-02-19
Illinois
Woman Hear's Son's Voice & Cries, "I Am Jesus"
Suicide Attempt
Effexor
2008-02-19
California
Woman Overdoses On Efexor
Murder
Med For Depression
2008-02-20
California
Five Dead Including SWAT Officer: 20 Year Old Kills Family
Suicide

Med For Depression
2008-02-20
Idaho
16
Year Old Kills Self at High School: Lockdown by Police
Murder Attempt-Suicide
Lexapro
2008-02-21
Ohio
Man Attempts to Kill Wife: Suceeds in Killing Self
Assault
Paxil
2008-02-21
England
69 Year Old Man Assaults his Physician
Suicides
Antidepressants
2008-02-24
Ireland
Ireland Warns of Suicide On All Antidepressant Labels For All Ages
Murder/Suicide
Antidepressants
2008-02-24
Iraq/Illinois
Soldier
on Antidepressant for PTSD Kills Wife & Self
Ineffectiveness
Antidepressants
2008-02-25
Global
Antidepressants
Are Ineffective: PLoS Medicine

Ketamine in Class C? SSRI's should be Class A and controlled at the border! (and going by this list keep them well away from aircraft passengers!)

Blair Anderson ‹(•¿•)›

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1 Comments:

  • At 12:08 am, February 18, 2009, Blogger lucas said…

    Silly silly silly. Do you think these peaople were taking SSRI's for no reason at all? It's not as if people want to get high and go buy some SSRI's - got wasted and went crazy. The were taking a medicine because they were ill, and most likely they commited murder or suicide because they were ill - NOT because they were on meds. One could say that the meds weren't sufficient treatment (obviously), but using the misinterpretation of these statistics as an argument for replacing them with medicinal marihuana is just silly.

    Lucas
    Psychologist

    For the record:
    I'm from the Netherlands, (medicinal) marihuana holds no negative meaning for me personally, so I'm not putting that issue to discussion.

     

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