INQUEST REPORTS

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Introduction

The first thing to say about these lists, comprising in total more than 5500 deaths linked to antidepressants, is that all the information here has been found on the Internet, mostly in the archives of local newspapers. I have had no privileged access to any other material. I have limited myself to inquest reports dating from the beginning of 2003 and concerning deaths in England and Wales.

Secondly, this list is far from complete. In fact, it could be subtitled “the tip of the iceberg”. For every inquest report that I was able to include, there was at least another where toxicology was completely excluded from the report, or where medication was hidden behind phrases such as “she sought help for depression” or “he saw his GP”.

Then there are the local newspapers that remove reports from their archives after a certain period, those that do not have search facilities, and those that do not report the inquests in the first place.

I have included incidents of alcohol-related deaths, as one of the recognised side-effects of antidepressants is to induce a craving for alcohol and to exacerbate the effect. Likewise, the propensity to suppress appetite means that the presence of antidepressants can be relevant in a death resulting from anorexia.

The format of the lists are as follows:

Year of Inquest (not year of death); Name (with Hyperlink); Occupation; Age; Location; Antidepressant(s) Involved; Cause of Death.

Where I have established the brand name of antidepressants involved, I have named it. Otherwise, I have used the abbreviation ADs, or MfD where the report refers to “medication for depression” or similar.

I hope that I have not intruded on anybody’s private grief by collating this information. However, if you are related to one of the victims, and do not wish your relative’s name to be included, please send an email to brian@antidepaware.co.uk with the details, and their name and link will be removed.

Links to media reports on antidepressant-related deaths in England and Wales:

Inquests 2003-2007      [1102]

Inquests 2008-2010      [1044]

Inquests 2011-2013      [1065]

Inquests 2014-2015      [1025]

Inquests 2016                 [517]

Inquests 2017

 

Related Inquest Reports:

In the course of my research, I came across many inquest reports in which there appeared to be all the hallmarks of an antidepressant-related death, but where there was no mention of medication However, in several reports, treatment by a GP or psychiatric services was implied, through phrases such as “suffering from depression” or “history of depression”.

I have included some reports which contain a minimal amount of information, but where the impulsive, reckless or violent behaviour involved is typical of antidepressant-induced deaths.

“Suffering from Depression” – 2013   [332]

“Suffering from Depression” – 2014   [649]

“Suffering from Depression” – 2015   [794]

“Suffering from Depression” – 2016   [722]

“Suffering from Depression” – 2017