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Suicides Skyrocketing Alongside Climbing Antidepressant Use & Big Pharma is Covering it Up


A suicide epidemic now grips the United States, but that news comes in conjunction with several alarming reports — including underreporting by pharmaceutical companies of the scope of suicides related to antidepressant use, as well as an increase in overdoses by those prescribed anti-anxiety medication.

“An estimated 9.3 million adults (3.9% of the adult U.S. population) reported having suicidal thoughts in the past year,” said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in their 2015 suicide statistics. In fact, “suicide was the tenth leading cause of death for all ages in 2013.”

But the issue isn’t constrained to the U.S. A study by the Equality and Human Rights Commission in 2015 found the rate of suicide of British males between the ages of 45 and 49 had risen a dramatic 40 percent in just seven years. Of retired males, or pensioners, the increase in rate of suicides was 10 percent.

Around the globe, according to the World Health Organization in 2015, suicide is now the third leading cause of death — representing an increase of 60 percent over the past 45 years.

On top of these striking statistics, a recent review of common antidepressants — selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) — found not only are they responsible for increased suicides, but pharmaceutical companies underreport those effects.

Those antidepressants, rather than necessarily aiding people, actually double the rate of suicide and aggressive behavior for adolescents and young people under the age of 18. Though the review evidenced the marked increase in that age group, it also found a “serious underestimation of the harms” by Big Pharma meaning older adults likely have increased risk of suicide, as well.

Lead author of the study from the Nordic Cochrane Center, Prof. Peter Gotzsche, explained:

“Antidepressants don’t work in children, that is pretty clear, in the randomized trials children say that they don’t work for them, but they increase their risk of suicide.

“What I get out of this colossal under-reporting of suicides is that [antidepressants] likely increase suicides in all ages … it is absolutely horrendous that [pharmaceutical companies] have such disregard for human lives.”

The Nordic Cochrane Center carried out the review, which was analyzed by University College London (UCL). As the National Post reported, Dr. Tarang Sharma of the Nordic Cochrane Center stated, “The analysis suggests that clinical study reports, on which decisions about market authorization are based, are likely to underestimate the extent of drug-related harms.”

Those companies misrepresented patient symptoms and antidepressant effects in several ways. According to the Post, “More than half of the suicide attempts and suicidal thoughts had been misrecorded as emotional instability or worsening of depression. In summary trial reports from the drugs giant Eli Lilly, suicidal attempts were missing in 90 percent of cases.”

Even further, deaths by overdose of anti-anxiety drugs known as benzodiazepines — such as those marketed under the name brands Xanax and Valium — have quadrupled in the last two decades. This quadrupling occurred alongside a tripling in such prescriptions.

“We found that the death rate from overdoses involving benzodiazepines. also known as ‘benzos,’ has increased more than four-fold since 1996 — a public health problem that has gone under the radar,” said Dr. Marcus Bachhuber of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, as NBC News reported. “Overdoses from benzodiazepines have increased at a much faster rate than prescriptions for the drugs, indicating that people have been taking them in a riskier way over time.”

Though the specific causes for the distressing global uptick in suicides aren’t entirely clear, antidepressants and anti-anxiety medication don’t appear to be helping. In the meantime, Big Pharma reaps profit while carelessly tossing aside all human costs and ominously covering them up.

If you or someone you know is feeling suicidal please call 1 (800) 273-8255 and talk to a skilled, trained counselor at a crisis center in your area, anytime 24/7.

  • 20,000 gun owners will use that gun on themselves this year.

  • I’ve heard that’s the reason many vets die. Not from war but from the meds and their side effects.

    • yup, and

    • That’s the thing, Astor. Many of them don’t see combat. A majority actually. I don’t have numbers..

  • I wish they had used something other than a firearm in the pic. One more thing that the antigunners use as an excuse to remove 2nd Amendment rights, because they’re too ignorant/blind to look at the actual root cause of problems.

    • They’re trying to strip gun rights away if you’re taking meds or clinically depressed. It hasn’t gained much momentum yet, but that’s what I think all the shootings are about.

    • Agreed. I also have to wonder if part of the reason so many people get medicated that don’t need to be is an effort to intentionally make people ineligible to own them…

    • If everyone is inelegible to own one then it’s that much easier to say “well why should anyone have them?”

      Seeking mental help? Lose your gun
      On drugs? Lose your gun
      Got in a fight ? Lose your gun
      Getting divorced or a restraining order ? Lose your gun
      Any felony ? Lose your gun
      And I’m sure there’s even more I haven’t covered…

    • Well, idiots, the easist, fastest and most assured way to commit suicide is with a gun. And your second amendment rights compare nothing with almost having lost my daughter seven times due to pharmaceuticals. If she had had a gun, it would have only been one attempt, a ‘successful’ one. And luckily for us, she is off the meds and doing very well without anti-depressants.

    • Wait a sec… We’re idiots because your daughter has attempted suicide with pharmaceuticals? I’m truly sorry that you and your family have had to deal with that, but your daughters mental illness shouldn’t be a reason for my rights to be violated. I’m glad your daughter didn’t have access to a firearm, but her issues should have no bearing on what I own. People will continue to commit suicide even if every gun was removed from the world.

    • Btw, your statement lost most of its validity and power when you began it by calling people names even though they’ve never been disrespectful to you.

    • Don’t respond to Maury.

      The old fool is just copy and pasting her same tired comment all over this thread.

  • before that every 30 second a guy was commiting suicide so maybe now its like 20 seconds or something i know its sinical but its true and fact is that antidepresseurs can induce depression for some people because no one is reacting to it the same way and even doctors would tell you that they dont even really know what they are doing

  • Population Control.

  • SSRI’s are the devil!

  • Thanks for using a stock image with a firearm while highlighting suicide.

    I’m sure it’s a nice photo that might be perfect for the attached article but come on…that’s the kind of imagery that bolsters the attitudes of the rabidly anti-gun folks.

    • Well, idiot, the easist, fastest and most assured way to commit suicide is with a gun. And your second amendment rights compare nothing with almost having lost my daughter seven times due to pharmaceuticals. If she had had a gun, it would have only been one attempt, a ‘successful’ one. And luckily for us, she is off the meds and doing very well without anti-depressants.

    • Well, old hag, it sounds like you must have done a really shitty job raising her.

      Your daughter’s mental problems have nothing at all to do with the right of Americans to keep and bear arms. There are literally hundreds of millions of legally owned firearms in the US that have never been used to harm anyone and probably never will be unless the need arises.

      Sure, people might use a gun to commit suicide. So what? They also hang themselves, slit their wrists, overdose on any number of drugs and/or alcohol, suffocate themselves, jump off bridges, jump of cliffs, drown themselves, crash their vehicle….and none of that has anything to do with their means of killing themselves. It falls squarely on the weak minded individual who wants to end their life.

      If we outlawed all guns tomorrow it wouldn’t stop ANYONE who has a mind to take their own life. The only people that can’t succesfully kill theirself are the ones that don’t want to die, but rather are seeking attention and/or help.

      You’d think for someone so old you wouldn’t be so stupid.

  • The freaking COMMERCIALS state “suicide” is a side affect you idiots! DON’T TAKE THEM!

  • Buy let’s keep marijuana illegal, it’s dangerous!!!

  • Corporations and central banking family Rothschild has hijacked Washington dc and are using US military complex to plunder the planet till it resembles mars

  • Much like Monsanto and their FDA!

  • No one needs a prescription. Literally. No. One.

  • Sarah

    Dr’s are prescribing copious amounts of antidepressants, rather than an appropriate amount of opioid or narcotic pain medications to patients suffering from legitimate chronic pain.
    Controlled pain medications can certainly be deadly if misused. However, antidepressants are not controlled and most Dr’s don’t have the knowledge to educate patients about the horrific effects caused by antidepressants in many patients. Worsening depression, dependence, violent thoughts and actions. Suicide.
    Since this country has declared war on Rx pain meds, those suffering from chronic pain are committing suicide at an alarming rate. Chronic pain without adequate relief is enough to cause one to become suicidal. When these people are being denied Rx pain meds, even having already inadequate dosages lowered and instead given antidepressants, it doesn’t take a genius to determine why the suicide rate is so high among those who suffer.
    Wake up America. The truly dangerous, most deadly drugs are most definitely antidepressants. I am writing from experience and have a four inch scar on my left wrist to prove it.
    Big pharmaceutical companies are pushing antidepressants because the laws no longer allow Dr’s to prescribe enough pain medications to those who truly need it. Dr’s fear losing their lisences over prescribing pain medication. They don’t have this concern with antidepressants because those are not controlled substances. Unless you’ve taken them, one has no clue how terrible the side effects of antidepressants really are for most people. Some patients have great success on antidepressants. Unfortunately, this doesn’t last forever. A few years at the most. What patients aren’t being told is that antidepressants are only supposed to be prescribed temporarily in most cases. The average person should not be taking antidepressants for life! This is a secret that pharmaceutical companies like to keep.
    Another trend is that Dr’s are increasing dosages of antidepressants when a patient complains that it’s not helping, or making them feel worse.
    This is the worse thing a Dr can do. They just can’t comprehend how dangerous this is. Can’t or Won’t ? I’m starting to believe that everything I’ve described is a conspiracy against the poor who are chronically ill, on SSI, SSD, public assistance. The government wants to thin the herd. That’s the bottom line. They are depending on the poor to kill themselves. Denying pain relief that would be considered inhumane if we were animals, and pushing mind fuck drugs so we all disappear. Big pharmacy should be worried! Soon there won’t be many of us left to experiment on.

  • Reenee Cummins

    There is also about the pill roulette you play when you go to the drug store. If you are on a generic, you WILL NOT get the same set of drugs each month. The drugs in the pill change from manufacturer to manufacturer. You may find one medicine DOES NOT WORK FOR YOU AT ALL. I have lost 3 years of my life to a big-box drug store insistence that a generic was the same as the name brand.