From the health care they offer to the way they treat troubled individuals, the pharmaceutical industry has its tentacles in nearly every aspect of our lives. In 2019, 11.1% of the population was taking an antidepressant, which was a 15% increase from 2015. Women’s use of antidepressants (15.1%) was more than twice that of men’s (7.0%). Women 45-64 years old had the highest prevalence of antidepressant use (21.6%). Of the over 3.4 million patients who filled at least one prescription for an antidepressant, anti-anxiety or anti-insomnia medication in 2019, nearly 300,000 patients filled prescriptions for all three types of medications. And this was before COVID had taken America.
Much like the corrupted banking system, pharmaceutical companies, commonly known as Big Pharma, have taken control of the American public, and influence us in more ways than one. They pour millions and millions of dollars into certain political parties and according to the Center for Responsive Politics, have been since the 2000 election (donating over $9.5 million to candidates, PACs, and party committees that year). In ‘97 and ‘98 alone, they spent nearly $150 million on lobbying. Prozac’s manufacturer, Eli Lilly, went from investing nothing in 1992 to over $787k in the 2000 election.
Lilly spokesman, Jeff Newton, stated, “We do it because we think we have to participate in the political process. They are important institutions, basically, and that’s why we do it.”
I call bullshit. They must be getting something in return for their multimillion dollar investments. And they do. Yes, they do.
They’ve bought silence, or the neglect of our political leaders when it comes to their inhumane treatments, including the legal drugging of Americans, starting with the children. In 1998, 1,664,000 prescriptions for antidepressants were prescribed for children. This was also despite the fact that antidepressants or SSRIs, such as Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, Celexa, Lexapro, and Luvox, had not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for pediatric use.
Only Luvox was approved in 1997 for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder in children, but not for depression. The manufacturer of Luvox, Solvay, declared it “safe and effective.” Yet the Physicians’ Desk Reference reported that during controlled clinical trials, 4 percent of children on the drug developed manic reactions.
Another clinical trial found that Prozac, America’s most popular antidepressant, caused mania in 6 percent of the children studied. “I have no doubt that Prozac can cause or contribute to violence and suicide,” said Dr. Peter Breggin, the author of Reclaiming Our Children and Talking Back to Prozac. “And manic psychosis can lead to violence.” (Remember this!)
Even though the National Institutes of Health reported that “there is no current, validated diagnostic test” for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, that didn’t stop the makers of Ritalin from pushing the drug to three-quarters of the children diagnosed with ADHD in 1996 (up 20 percent since 1989).
At the same time, the percentage of those receiving psychotherapy dropped from 40 percent to 25 percent. After the shootings in Littleton, Colorado at Columbine High School, traces of Luvox were found in shooter Eric Harris’s bloodstream. Of course, the presence of Luvox does not change the cause and manner of death. He died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. But did the presence of Luvox change the cause and manner of Eric’s life?
Mania is defined as “a form of psychosis characterized by exalted feelings, delusions of grandeur…and overproduction of ideas.” That pretty much describes Harris’s website, which is littered with statements such as, “My belief is that if I say something, it goes. I am the law. If you don’t like it, you die.”
The previous year, Kip Kinkel, the Oregon school shooter, had been on Prozac when he killed his parents and two school children, wounding twenty-two others. Later, Anthony “T. J.” Solomon, the Conyers, Georgia, school shooter, took Ritalin the morning he wounded six students. Both Kinkel and Solomon were only fifteen at the time.
The antidepressants clearly did not exorcise these teenagers’ demons. The question is, did they embolden them? Dr. Breggin had testified as a medical expert in three teenage cases of murder and attempted murder in which antidepressants were implicated in playing a role.
At a congressional hearing on media violence, we were reminded that 95 percent of children are never involved in a violent crime. Most children whose parents own guns do not steal them; most children who watch Natural Born Killers do not go on shooting rampages; and most children on antidepressants do not kill their schoolmates. But while there was constant coverage about the dangers of guns and media violence, as well as President Clinton proposing new laws to restrict the marketing of guns to children, and hosting a conference to examine the entertainment industry’s marketing of violence to children, no one planned a conference or introduced laws to deal with the marketing of mood-altering prescription drugs for children.
In a complaint filed in the Superior Court of California by the estate of Brynn Hartman—wife of comedian Phil Hartman, who had killed her husband and herself while on Zoloft—it had stated, “Although none of the drug manufacturers will admit it, these drugs pose an unreasonable risk of violent and suicidal behavior for a small percentage of patients. They can also cause a condition known as ‘emotional blunting,’ or disinhibition.”
Hartman’s estate sued Zoloft’s manufacturer, Pfizer, as well as the doctor who allegedly gave her the drug without a proper diagnosis. To settle the case, Pfizer agreed to provide a $100,000 college fund for the Hartmans’ children.
Tipper Gore, who had been the drug companies’ cheerleader back then, would promote literature that stated “13.7 million of the nation’s children have a diagnosable mental illness.”
When trying to find where that number comes from, Mrs. Gore’s press secretary would refer you to the White House press office, which in turn referred you to the Health and Human Services Department, who would then send you to the American Psychiatric Association and its director of research, Dr. Harold Pincus. The problem is that Dr. Pincus has never heard of this number.
It turned out that it was based on a Florida Mental Health Institute study that stated that the upper limit of an estimate of “youth with any diagnosable disorder” is 20 percent.
Yet despite repeated warnings in the study that we don’t have the ability to project national rates, this number was quickly and conveniently treated as Scripture by conference organizers and members of Congress, who set national health policy and readily cash drug industry checks. Keep in mind, these are the same companies that created the COVID-19 vaccination.
Buying politicians’ silence and seal of approval is one thing, but sometimes it’s not enough—not with a world of potential new customers out there. So when President Clinton called on pharmaceutical companies in 1997 to test all drugs likely to be prescribed for children, they signed up Leo Burnett of Chicago, the ad agency handling Reebok and McDonald’s, to target consumers directly. The companies sent their spokespeople out to radio shows to debate its critics.
At a drug industry conference in May 1997, Lilly executive Christina Hendricks was upfront about company policy toward anyone who dared to disrespect the almighty Prozac: “We go after these people with a very serious intent to get them to cease and desist from their activities.”
Doesn’t this seem eerily similar to the censorship and deleting of the social profiles of anyone who speaks out against the COVID-19 vaccination…?