Another Inquest yesterday detailed the death of Chris Benning, 30, who was diagnosed as suffering from schizophrenia at the age of 15. His sister Juliet said his use of cannabis, in particular skunk, from such a young age was a major catalyst in his development of schizophrenia.
But the inquest heard Mr Benning’s death was “out of the blue”, because despite his mental health problems he had only ever shown “fleeting thoughts” of committing suicide. A few weeks after Citalopram was introduced, he hung himself in Hatchett Woods.
In the weeks prior to his death he was prescribed the anti psychotic drug citalopram which, the inquest heard, can lead to patients suffering suicidal thoughts as a side effect and his family had expressed concerns at the new drug.
Speaking after the inquest, Mr Benning’s sister Juliet said: “Although we are aware that there may be little statistical evidence to prove the antidepressant citalopram may lead to a heightened risk of suicide, we have gathered enough anecdotal evidence to prove otherwise.
“We would ask that any prescription of the drug made by those in the health authorities is done so with a warning of these risks.”
As one of the comments on this Article states “This man had a 16 yr history of cannabis use, yet within weeks of starting on citalopram he starts to exhibit symptoms that disturb his family. The drug is known to be dangerous, the enclosed notes state as much”… Full Article.
How many people have Lundbeck killed today then? Don’t let it be your family; be informed.
Still not enough deaths for the IMB or the Minister for Health to initiate an investigation? Just how many do they need?