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  • Las Vegas Strip shooter prescribed anti-anxiety drug in June

    10/04/2017 4:36:03 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 138 replies
    Las Vegas Review-Journal ^ | Oct 3, 2017 | By Paul Harasim
    Stephen Paddock, who killed at least 58 people and wounded hundreds more in Las Vegas on Sunday with high-powered rifles, was prescribed an anti-anxiety drug in June that can lead to aggressive behavior, the Las Vegas Review-Journal has learned... Records from the Nevada Prescription Monitoring Program obtained Tuesday show Paddock was prescribed 50 10-milligram diazepam tablets by Henderson physician Dr. Steven Winkler on June 21. A woman who answered the phone at Winkler’s office would not make him available to answer questions and would neither confirm nor deny that Paddock was ever a patient. Paddock purchased the drug — its...
  • Drug Abuse Band-Aids May Increase Addictive Behavior

    10/01/2017 9:33:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 69 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 1, 2017 | Steve Chapman
    Editor's Note: The following column is by Diane Dimond.Every action has a reaction, and every decision has a consequence. Remember that lesson you learned early in life? A funny thing happened on the way to introducing naloxone to the world of drug addicts. Experts in the field decided this antidote to nearly fatal drug overdoses was a modern-day miracle that would save lives and help steer drug abusers back from the brink. Once saved, they opined, the addict could then seek meaningful treatment. With that endorsement, the push was on to try to get every ambulance and law enforcement officer...
  • Coroner: Valium, alcohol killed painter Kinkade

    05/07/2012 8:07:49 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 32 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 7, 2012
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- An autopsy has found that artist Thomas Kinkade's death was caused by an accidental overdose of alcohol and prescription tranquilizers. NBC Bay Area News reported Monday (( http://bit.ly/Jsgrvg) ) that the Santa Clara County medical examiner concluded that the self-described "Painter of Light" stopped breathing at his Northern California home on April 6 from a combination of alcohol and Valium.
  • ARMY WARNS DOCTORS AGAINST USING CERTAIN DRUGS IN PTSD TREATMENT

    04/30/2012 6:55:44 AM PDT · by tired&retired · 21 replies
    nextgov ^ | April 25, 2012 | Bob Brewin
    The Army Surgeon General's office is backing away from its long-standing endorsement of prescribing troops multiple highly addictive psychotropic drugs for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder and early this month warned regional medical commanders against using tranquilizers such as Xanax and Valium to treat PTSD. An April 10 policy memo that the Army Medical Command released regarding the diagnosis and treatment of PTSD said a class of drugs known as benzodiazepines, which include Xanax and Valium, could intensify rather than reduce combat stress symptoms and lead to addiction. The memo, signed by Herbert Coley, civilian chief of staff of...
  • A Host of Anxiety Drugs, Begat by Valium

    02/24/2005 4:19:25 PM PST · by neverdem · 66 replies · 2,668+ views
    NY Times ^ | February 22, 2005 | NICHOLAS BAKALAR
    Among famous inventors, Leo H. Sternbach may not immediately leap to mind. But this May in Akron, Ohio, Dr. Sternbach, who is 96, will be inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame. He holds more than 240 patents, but perhaps his most famous invention, in collaboration with colleagues, is a chemical compound called diazepam, better known by its brand name, Valium. One of the earliest benzodiazepines, Valium was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 1963 as a treatment for anxiety, and it would become not only the country's best-selling drug, but an American cultural icon. Referred to...