14 DR. PINE: Thank you.
15 The next speaker is Michelle Moore.
16 MS. MOORE: May 23, 2001, my husband
17 Darren Ali was murdered.
He was murdered and torn
18 away from his wife, his kids, his family, and
19 friends due to a force far more powerful than
20 himself: the dangerous antidepressant drugs of
21 Prozac and Paxil.
22 To think that this amazingly strong
1 husband, father of two, son, best friend to so
2 many, police sergeant, and SWAT team commander
3 could be taken over by these horrific drugs is
4 beyond comprehension.
5 Let me tell you about this special man
6 that the world will forever miss. This is the man
7 that I loved the moment I saw him. He was a
8 policeman and I a nurse. He lit up the room when
9 he was in it, vibrant and full of life. He was an
10 incredibly loving husband to me for nine and a half
11 years.
12 Three years after we were married, we
13 were blessed to start a family. Our son Jack was
14 born. Two years later, we were blessed with our
15 daughter Rachel. He was a playful and devoted
16 father to both J.D. and Rachel. He was J.D.'s
17 hockey coach. He went to Rachel's dance recitals.
18 The kids adored their father. They were seven and
19 five at the time of his murder.
20 I will never forget the moment I had to
21 tell them their father died. It was the worst and
22 difficult moment of my life. They screamed in
1 horror.
2 Besides the deep love for his family,
3 Darren also had another love in his life, this was
4 for his work and his fellow officers. He loved
5 being a police officer. "He was one of the best,"
6 the sheriff said. He rose to the position of
7 sergeant and was a commander of the SWAT team.
8 I will never forget some of his fellow
9 officers telling me that if they ever went to war
10 they wanted Darren beside them. As part of the
11 motorcycle unit, he provided security for President
12 George W. Bush. The sheriff's department didn't
13 know what they were going to do without him. He
14 was irreplaceable.
15 He graduated from Northern Michigan
16 University with a degree in criminal justice. He
17 wanted to be a police officer all of his life.
18 Darren was diagnosed with depression three weeks
19 before his death. It was described as a minor
20 depression.
21 He was put on Prozac, and he took that
22 for three days. He was then taken off Prozac and
1 put on Paxil. He took one Paxil, and immediately
2 he started feeling very anxious. I being a
3 registered nurse realized quickly this was not a
4 normal reaction. He never had any suicidal
5 thoughts or behaviors.
6 I returned home from work, after him
7 being on the Paxil for one day and Prozac for the
8 previous three days, and found him dead. My
9 husband adversely reacted to these drugs. He was
10 never warned properly and I also. I know that
11 Darren would never make this decision.
12 In closing, I hope that everyone walks
13 away today with an increased knowledge of the
14 possibility of what these very dangerous drugs can
15 do to someone. These are mind-altering drugs.
16 (Applause.)
17 DR. PINE: Thank you.