Four months after ‘doting dad’ Wayne Grew heard he might be losing his job he died by suicide. At a recent Inquest, his wife Lisa told how his health deteriorated after being told his job with the local authority was at threat. She said Mr Grew had been “fit and  healthy” beforehand.

The article states that he “was given counselling plus a series of different drugs, including Temazepam and Citalopram.” He was diagnosed with ‘adjustment disorder’ because he had failed to adjust to his situation at work. Seriously??

His GP Dr Ahmed told the hearing: “I think we did the best we could for him.” Really? How come he’s dead then? Temazepam comes with listed side-effects such as: confusion, unusual thoughts or behavior, hallucinations, agitation, aggression, thoughts of suicide or hurting yourself and Citalopram comes with warnings such as ‘self-harm and harm to others’ and has killed countless unsuspecting consumers including my son! Was Mr. Grew or his family warned of this?

The article also mentions that he was seen by a few different ‘mental health’ centres including one in Solihull. This is the same place where Yvonne Woodley lived, where she was prescribed Citalopram and where she died 3 weeks after doctors continually upped her dosage of Citalopram. At Yvonne’s Inquest, Dr Christopher Muldoon, representing Lundbeck, admitted that Citalopram “could cause someone to take their life who had not previously thought of doing so.” The Coroner in Yvonne’s case was Birmingham Coroner Aiden Cotter. He called for an ‘urgent investigation’ into the drug after experts raised concerns over its side-effects. Yvonne’s story here.

Sadly it seems that the Coroner’s warning at Yvonne’s Inquest has gone unnoticed and Citalopram is still being prescribed to cause futher deaths in Solihull. Both Yvonne and Wayne’s health deteriorated instead of improving on these drugs. These drugs which are wrongly described as antidepressants, in a lot of cases act as an extreme depressant and double the risk of suicide.

Margaret’s story here concerns the same combination of drugs. She states “Our son went to his GP with poor sleep because of worries at work. His doctor said he was depressed and put him on a combination of Citalopram and Temazepam. A week later he took his own life.”

So will Yvonne, Wayne, Shane, Margaret’s son and all the others be put down to co-incidence or will doctors finally start putting 2 and 2 together? How many more?

Birmingham Mail Article here.