There will be a sequence of 7 weekly posts here about Stephen O’Neill and You that will also feature on Stephen’s Voice Facebook page.
This and next week’s post feature videos about why everyone should help bring some good from Stephen O’Neill’s death – not just because the same could easily happen you but also because his death was caused by decent and honourable people and You can do a lot to prevent decent people doing indecent things.
The first video is – HERE – the text below.
All Honorable Men
I was an expert at Stephen O’Neill’s inquest. I was told the coroner was a decent man and the doctors treating him seemed decent, so I had hopes the inquest would recognize the obvious – that Stephen’s treatment killed him.
Stephen was put on sertraline – Zoloft – a very commonly used SSRI antidepressant – after he became anxious. His anxiety was probably triggered by an antibiotic – doxycycline which is also an SSRI that can lead to suicide. His doctor didn’t know this.
Stephen had a toxic reaction to Sertraline. He became agitated and suicidal. These reactions are common but his was severe and immediate. He told his family but also told the pharmacist who gave him the pills who agreed the drug had – as Stephen suspected – caused a problem and suggested he contact the hospital which he did.
In the hospital and later over the next few weeks when seen at home or in clinics, he told any staff he came in contact with and any doctor he talked to that sertraline had made him suicidal.
None of them were listening. They heard him alright – they recorded what he said. None of them told him he was wrong. But none of them acted on what he had told them. They later told the family what he said was impossible as the drug was now out of his body – which is just plain wrong.
This pattern wasn’t just a problem with sertraline. Almost every other drug they tried him on – and they threw drugs at him – caused problems that that drug can cause pretty commonly but problems that most doctors don’t know it causes.
Stephen told them for instance that the quetiapine – Seroquel – they gave him for sleep was doing just the opposite. Quetiapine is often given for sleep but the second most common problem reported to FDA on this drug is insomnia. His doctors didn’t listen – he had to insist on it being changed so they changed him to something very similar – Mirtazapine. Both Quetiapine and Mirtazapine cause also cause suicide. Finally, they gave him another Sertraline-like drug Buspirone, which killed him.
Stephen also told them what did work for him – but they kept giving him treatments they were pre-programmed to give him and not giving him the things that he made clear to them had helped.
Stephen knew no more about these drugs and what they do that might help or not help than most of us know but he knew – as anyone listening to this knows – what effect a drug in fact is having on him in his case and on you in your case.
One reason Stephen O’Neill died was because even good doctors now, decent human beings, when it comes to drug induced injuries have gone back to the stone ages. They have no idea what to do – they flail around as I said at the inquest. When I said this, the hospital lawyer went into a splutter of indignation. I thought he might have a stroke.
What do decent doctors do then when it comes to an inquest and they have a family sitting across the room from them? Well in the case of Stephen’s family doctor, as good a family doctor as you will find, it seems to me that – as people where I come from would say – he fibbed.
He said Stephen was dramatically different the day he put him on sertraline. The night before Stephen had seemed anxious to his family but no more so that he’d been for the previous few weeks. He was dramatically different soon after he took the drug – not before.
The doctor then said he gave sertraline because it is known to be much better for severe depressions than drugs like Prozac. This is complete garbage – invented in Pfizer’s marketing department. Anyone who gets to see the data on sertraline knows it to be just about the least effective antidepressant there is.
What did the hospital doctors – also decent people – say? They said they were following orders just like soldiers anywhere do which sometimes leads them to do some pretty awful things. Their orders came from MHRA – the British version of FDA and EMA – and from the writers of the NICE Guidelines for treating depression.
It would be difficult to design a better killing machine – the regulators don’t see the data on the drugs they approve, and the Guideline makers base their recommendations on articles written by pharmaceutical company employees.
What did the coroner – a decent man – do? He was handed the problem on a plate – Sertraline killed Stephen O’Neill and part of the reason it did so was that the literature Stephen’s doctors depended upon is the greatest concentration of fake news on earth. I made it clear I would assist the coroner if he wanted to raise these issues with the powers that be.
He didn’t grasp the nettle. His conclusion blamed the balance of Stephen’s mind without mentioning the drug.
The same thing will happen you if any of your drugs kills you in any way – heart attack, stroke, whatever – coroners don’t have a box they can tick for drug induced death. They don’t collect the data on the drugs people like you and me might be on when we die.
Our drugs and the injuries they can cause are interred with our bones – just as Mark Anthony claimed would happen the good Caesar did unless we did something. We need to have a meeting with the honorable men who killed Stephen and kill tens of thousands with treatments annually.
The coroner didn’t but I have written to some of the men who have been given honours by our system about this problem and will make this correspondence available for anyone of you who wants to use it in your country or in any way.