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Corporate greed puts lives at risk

Twenty-six years ago this week — February 1990 — Charles Westover shot himself in the head with a .22 calibre rifle. With him died the hopes, dreams and artistry of the American rock legend Del Shannon, who wrote and recorded the number 1 hit Runaway.

Earlier that year, however, he was referred to a psychiatrist, who prescribed an antidepressant to handle stress — one known to cause suicidal tendencies. Since then, the antidepressant-linked casualties have kept on going up.

Psychiatrists and drug companies commonly say benefits outweigh the risks. It would, perhaps, be more accurate to say that, when it comes to psychiatric drugs, profits outweigh the risks.

With so many deaths and suicides, public safety is being compromised with very little accountability. It’s time for change.



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