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article imageRadio host: Prozac to blame for Robin Williams' death?

By Alex Allen     Aug 13, 2014 in Health
In a recent report, a popular radio host suggested that prescription drugs might have contributed to actor/comedian Robin Williams' tragic suicide.
For years, there has been a huge debate over the potential dangers of psychotropic medications. While a large number of doctors seem to have no problem prescribing SSRI drugs to their depressed and substance-abusing patients, many people cite statistics and even the listed side effects on many of these medications in order to make the case that they are not safe and that they actually do more harm than good. Now, the tragic death of actor and comedian Robin Williams has prompted a popular radio host to point out the potential dangers of these controversial drugs.
Like many others, radio host Alex Jones has used Robin Williams' suicide as an opportunity to readdress the way we, as a society, view and treat depression. In a recent video report released on YouTube and his own websites, Jones mentioned that it was very likely that Robin Williams was on some sort of medication to help him cope with his depression and substance abuse. One of the writers for Jones' news website Infowars even pointed to an Entertainment Tonight video from 2013 which appears to show Williams vaguely suggesting that he has taken Prozac at some point.
In his report, Jones went on to point out the fact that, in addition to megalomania and black-outs, "suicidal thoughts" is often listed as a potential side effect for many of these SSRI drugs. He also mentioned that many celebrities who have committed suicide have reportedly been on some sort of prescription antidepressant. "I can't think of a case where one of these Hollywood people commits suicide [and] weren't on prescription drugs of some type," he said.
An article from a 2005 Harvard health publication reaffirms the concerns that Jones and many others have with psychotropic drugs. The article points to clinical trials that showed an increase in suicidal thoughts among patients taking SSRIs as opposed to those taking placebos (also known as "sugar pills").
Jones wrapped up his report by stating that, while we should celebrate the life of Robin Williams for the laughter and joy he brought to so many people, we should also learn from his tragic suicide and use his experience to help others who may be in a similar situation.
"It's important to reach out to people that are thinking about committing suicide and to let them know there are alternatives to big pharma and the establishment head-shrinkers," Jones said.
Robin Williams died Monday at the age of 63.
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