Too Many Unanswered Questions in Broward County Shooting & Medication Involvement

February 27th, 2018 | Breaking News

February 14th proved to be anything but a loving Valentine’s Day in Broward County Florida this year when one 19 year old young man walked into his former high school and opened fire leaving 17 dead. Less than two weeks later, many are still searching for answers and learning more and more about this troubled young man and the over abundant signs given to both the Department of Children & Family Services and its vendor, Henderson Behavioral Health, the Out Patient Mental Health Center where Cruz was receiving treatment.

Henderson Behavioral Health is South Florida’s oldest and largest mental health provider. Its website totes that “Prevention Works, Treatment is Effective and People Recover” next to images of smiling families. In October 2012, Henderson took a 1.6 million dollar grant from the Center for Mental Health Services of the Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. In December 2016 Broward County itself received a $22 million dollar federal mental health grant from the NIMH of which $7.3 million went to Henderson Behavioral Health.

The Broward County Commissioners met on February 27th to discuss the recent school shooting. After this meeting, the Sun Sentinel reported that Broward County plans its own investigation into the shooting. According to the Commissioner, Mark Bogen, “We are the only body right now that has no conflict of interest”. No conflict of interest? Is Mr. Bogen aware that his county took the $22 million dollar grant and gave Henderson Behavioral Health where Cruz was treated, 7.3 million dollars?

One would hope that any investigation of this matter is handled by an outside party not affiliated with Broward County in any way to ensure the integrity of the investigative process.

According to the Department of Children and Family Services in a press release February 19, 2018, they readily admit Cruz was receiving mental health services and taking medication. Where it gets murky is when DCF’s Secretary, Mike Carroll claims that the agency only had one involvement with Cruz contradicting a report from the Sun Sentinel titled School Shooter Nikolas Cruz: An Unending Saga of Disturbed Behavior and Red Flags. The Sentinel reports that records from DCF show Cruz had been diagnosed with a string of disorders and conditions to include: Depression, ADHD, Emotional Behavioral Disability, and Autism.

We know Cruz was on medication but don’t know just how many or which ones. It has been reported that he had hallucinations, was suicidal at one point, and stated that he had demons in his head that made him do the shooting, all sounding a lot like side effects that the FDA often warns about with psychiatric drugs prescribed for the multiple labels he was diagnosed with.

After all there have been 22 drug regulatory agency warnings from 5 countries and the European Union, on psychiatric drugs causing violence, hostility, aggression, psychosis, mania, and homicidal ideation. At least 36 school shooters were on one or more psychiatric drugs linked to violence. There are now many reports of these fatal acts of violence that can no longer go unnoticed.  The media or a politician’s claim that the person “went off his meds” or “was not being treated” is not a fact.  This type of message to the public implies it is only then that these types of side effects occur.  According to the MedWatch reporting system this propaganda simply isn’t true and is dangerous to the consumer and to public safety.

AbleChild has discovered that the Mayor of Broward County, Beam Furr, has access to Nikolas Cruz’s mental health records and appears to be selectively releasing portions of them. AbleChild has reached out to Mayor Furr concerning this selective release and to stress the importance of knowing what medications Cruz was on.  The public has been put at risk with these kinds of violent acts, making it a public health crisis. Citizens should have the right to know the exact medications Cruz was taking, the names, dosage amounts, history of bloodwork, and if a MedWatch form was ever filed to report any side effects to the FDA.  After all these drugs are marketed to the public and known side effects puts the public at risk.

Internal FDA Documents Link Mind Altering Psychiatric Drugs to Murder

May 12th, 2016 | Breaking News

Rare documents, that are kept far from the public view, expose the knowledge the FDA has regarding the link between mind altering psychiatric drugs and murder.

Below are internal documents that were collected through the MEDWATCH reporting system on adverse drug events collected by the FDA and obtained by Parents Against Pharma by a Freedom of Information Request. (FOIA)

These documents illustrate the importance of educating the public on the MedWatch Adverse Drug Reporting System and the known link between mind-altering psychiatric drugs and increase risk of homicide.

AbleChild vs. Chief Medical Examiner in Connecticut was the case in front of the Freedom of Information Commission in the aftermath Sandy Hook requesting the release of Adam Lanza’s mental health records, toxicology, and autopsy reports.  AbleChild submitted FDA findings in our filing.

In addition, these documents should be provided to every lawmaker to increase consumer protection laws on informed consent in the “loosely” regulated field of mental health that places us all in danger.

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Poster boy, Tj – 8 year old, used in op-ed to sell more mental illness in CT

May 29th, 2014 | Blog

More mental illness screening, more mental illness care, more mental illness services, more mental illness diagnosing, and more mental illness treatment.  This is what the op-ed of May 26th titled:  Review of Children’s mental healthcare is vital, demands, yet nowhere in the piece does the writer discuss the psychiatric drug “therapy” utilized in mental health’s “treatment” regimen for T.J., the subject of the piece.

Reportedly eight year-old T.J. was diagnosed with the alleged brain abnormality, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, ADHD, because he had problems focusing in school and was hyperactive.  T.J. received mental health services in another state.  At what age did T.J. first receive these “services?”  The writer does not say.

What exactly were those “services?”  Was T.J. “treated” with Ritalin or Adderall? Both highly addictive drugs and, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration, DEA  nearly identical to cocaine. Or, perhaps, T.J. had been prescribed the “non-stimulant” drug Strattera, a Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor, SSRI.

SSRI’s are the most commonly prescribed form of antidepressant, yet approved by the Food and Drug Administration, FDA, for the “treatment” of the alleged ADHD.  Ironically, it also is the FDA who plastered “Black Box” warnings – the agency’s most serious warning – on these drugs because they may cause abnormal thoughts and suicidal behavior in children.

Remember it is the National Institute of Mental Health, NIMH, that openly admits scientists have no idea what causes the alleged ADHD.  And the pharmaceutical companies openly admit on the product packaging that they don’t know how the drugs work in the brain to “treat” the alleged ADHD.  Frankly this drug “treatment” is one big guessing game, and the kids, at extremely young ages, are being used as guinea pigs.

This is the problem with crying for more mental illness services. There is no science to support even one psychiatric diagnosis. There is no known objective, confirmable abnormality that is a psychiatric diagnosis.  It is completely subjective.  The American Psychiatric Association, APA, merely has gathered lists of behaviors and randomly decided they equate to some mental illness that needs to be “treated.”

Columbine, Aurora. Co., and Sandy Hook, to name a few, all were the result of young men with long histories of mental health “treatment.” Now in the wake of yet another mass murder in Santa Barbara, where the shooter openly discusses his years-long psychiatric “treatment,” it seems incredible that the state of Connecticut is rushing to implement increased mental illness services when, in fact, lawmakers should be investigating the very dangerous psychiatric drugs used as “treatments.” To paraphrase the lyrics of Pink Floyd’s The Wall, “hey, psychiatrists, leave them kids alone!”

At the end of the day, PA-13-178  which the op-ed writer “endorses,” is based on the recommendations made by mental health vendors who clearly have a horse in the race. Lawmakers should acknowledge the obvious conflict of interest and mandate that these vendors will not benefit from their increased mental illness services recommendations.

If these mental illness vendor “stops” are not put in place, where will the power to label the state’s children as “abnormal,” and drug them into submission, end?

 

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