Prescription Suicide?

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  • Weaving together six stories of real families and real experiences, this program looks at the tragic impact that antidepressant drugs can have on children, teenagers, and their loved ones. The film also considers wider aspects of the ongoing controversy regarding the prescription, administration, and use of these so-called revolutionary medications - asking whether or not physicians and drug manufacturers have adequately studied the risks that newly developed antidepressants pose to the emotional stability of young patients. Through the testimony of people on the front lines, viewers are given an opportunity to study the potential disparity between Big Pharma's interests and those of an extremely vulnerable demographic.


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  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on December 18, 2010.
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  • Mode of access: Internet.
  • Closed-captioned.


  • Suicide Victim: Candace, Age 12 (6:15) -- Suicide Victim: Caitlin, Age 12 (6:46) -- Drug Prescriptions for Pre-Teens (2:59) -- Antidepressant and Suicide Attempts (8:36) -- Memorial to a Sister (1:10) -- Abuse of Prescription Drugs (6:26) -- Antidepressant and Cutting (7:20) -- Sudden Suicide (3:25) -- Misdiagnosis Leads to Suicidal Thoughts (9:55) -- Black Box Warnings on Drugs (1:13) -- Credits: Prescription: Suicide? (3:11)
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