From the November 2005 Idaho Observer:
Kurt Danysh: The face of things to come
Itís coming: Teen ScreenóPresident Bushís plan to blackmail the states into passing laws that force all pregnant women and children to undergo mental health evaluations and take whatever dangerous psychotropic drugs the state-sanctioned mental health practitioners prescribe. Such laws have already been adopted in Illinois and Minnesota. We have reason to believe that the Idaho legislature is about to be hit with a Teen Screen bill during the coming session. The Kurt Danysh story should, all by itself, put a stop to the state being empowered to order people it has diagnosed as mentally ill to take "medications" such as Prozac, Ritalin and Zoloft. But, since the pharmaceutical lobby is pushing Teen Screen, it will likely be coming to a state near you soon and will not be stopped unless there is a massive wave of resistance and civil disobedience. Should we fail to stop the state-ordered psychological drugging of America, the prisons will soon begin filling up with people like Kurt Danysh who, in a moment of state-ordered drug-induced psychosis, murder people close to them.
from the Kurt Danysh Defense Team
"I didnít realize I did it until after it was done, and then I realized it. This might sound weird, but it felt like I had no control of what I was doing, like I was left there just holding a gun."
This is how Kurt Danysh described the moment in 1995, at the age of 17, he realized that he had shot and killed his father.
Kurtís story began 17 days earlier when he was prescribed the drug Prozac by a general practitioner (who failed to perform any psychological testing). Shortly after beginning to take his Prozac prescription, Kurt, a normally outgoing teenager, became withdrawn and moody. By the second week, he was restless and violent. He got into a fight with his best friend and purposely crashed his truck into a stone wall. This was, to say the least, out of character for Kurt.
Tragically, only 17 days after his first dose of Prozac, Kurt shot and killed his father, whom he loved very much. The shooting was a complete shock and made no sense to anyone who knew Kurt and his father.
It was clear that the Prozac had caused a drastic, violent change in Kurt. In spite of this fact, Eli Lilly & Co., the maker of Prozac, claimed that their drug would not cause aggressive behavior. As a result of this claim and regardless of the fact that Kurt had no history of violence prior to Prozac, he was convicted of murdering his father and sentenced to 22.5 to 60 years in prison.
Finally, in 2004, eight years after Kurtís conviction, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recognized that so-called SSRI antidepressants, including Prozac can cause suicidal and/or violent behavior particularly in adolescents and children. Additionally, itís been revealed that Eli Lilly & Co. concealed data from 1988 which linked Prozac to violence. Armed with this new evidence we hope to gain Kurt a new trial. Our goal is to obtain justice for both Kurt and his father.
The truth about SSRIs
SSRI antidepressants (Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, Luvox, Celexa and Lexapro) were originally advertised as miracle drugs with few side effects. This has been proven to be untrue. On March 22, 2004, the FDA warned that SSRIs may cause anxiety, agitation, panic attacks, insomnia, irritability, hostility, impulsiveness, akathisia (extreme restlessness), hypomania and mania.
In 2004 the FDA issued a so-called "Black Box Warning" for all SSRIs. This kind of warning is one step below a ban. Itís reserved for drugs which can result in death. The warning indicates that the drugs increase suicidal thinking and suicidal behavior.
The FDAís Advisory Event Reporting System reports 70 cases of murder linked to Prozac.
On January 1, 2005 the British Medical Journal quoted the original FDA reviewer of Prozac as stating, "I do agree now that those stimulatory side effects, especially in regard to suicidal ideation and homicidal ideation, are worse than I thought at the time that I reviewed the drug."
SSRIs are similar to cocaine in their effects on the brain chemical serotonin. SSRIs are known to trigger manic episodes in bi-polar patients.
Kurt Is Not Alone
Sadly, Kurtís experience is not rare. Many incidents of violence and/or suicide have been linked to adolescents taking prescription antidepressants.
∑ Eric Harris, the triggerman in the Columbine school shootings, killed his fellow students and took his own life while taking Luvox.
∑ Fifteen year-old Kip Kinkel killed his parents and two classmates while taking Prozac.
∑ Thirteen year-old Chris Fetters killed his favorite aunt while taking Prozac.
∑ Twelve year-old Christopher Pittman murdered both his grandparents while taking Zoloft.
∑ Thirteen year-old Mathew Miller hung himself in his bedroom closet after taking Zoloft for 6 days.
∑ Fifteen year-old Jarred Viktor stabbed his grandmother 61 times after 5 days on Paxil.
This is just a few examples of antidepressant violence. The list goes on and on.
Additional information on SSRI antidepressants and violence may be found at:
∑ Drug Awareness.org
∑ Antidepressants Facts.com
How To Help Kurt
The only obstacle in the way of getting a new trial for Kurt is the inability to afford an attorney. Neither Kurt nor his family can afford the fee required for an attorney to handle the appeal. For this reason, weíve started the Kurt Danysh Legal Aid Fund.
Itís our hope that after people hear Kurtís experience, theyíll help gain justice for him and his father. The sad fact is that if we canít raise enough funds to cover the cost of an attorney, Kurt will spend the next 13 to 51 years in prison. We pray that Kurtís plight will inspire you to make a financial contribution and/or share this plea with others who may.
Contributions may be sent to:
Kurt Danysh Legal Aid Fund
c/o Josephine Milea
111 Fox Run Road
Stewartzville, NJ 08886
You may also send letters of support directly to Kurt in prison at:
Kurt Danysh DL-4879
1111 Altamont Blvd.
Frackville, PA 17931
In spite of the fact that he IS imprisoned, Kurt strives to warn others about the dangers of SSRIs. He hopes that his experience will educate others so that no more families will have to suffer.
His efforts even caught the attention of the Opra Winfrey Show which wrote to Kurt: "We have been following your story and admire your honesty and desire to try and make a difference. We think you have an important message for others to hear."
Note: We have been in contact with Kurt and members of his family/defense team. If we are going to prevent the government from declaring us all mentally ill and forcing us to take drugs that make us want to kill ourselves or each other, then we have to make Teen Screen (The IO, June, 2005) a high-profile issue and shame any bureaucrat or legislator that dares to promote this disastrous agenda. Kurt is an intelligent and competent young man. Please write to him and make your own assessment as to his character.
It is our belief that getting behind his cause will elevate Teen Screen to the level of public awareness necessary to prevent special interest-motivated "experts" in government and industry from turning the entire nation into a culture of suicidal/homicidal maniacs. (DWH)
Kurt Danysh with his mother and sister on visiting day in prison.
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