DR. PINE: Thank you.
3 The next speaker is Dawn Jeronowitz.
4 MS. JERONOWITZ: I would like to thank
5 myself for the miracle of my being here today. In
6 2001, healthy, thirty-one and with no troubled
7 history, I went to a doctor concerned about pain in
8 my finger.
9 Finding nothing broken, his diagnosis was
10 anxiety. He prescribed an SSRI for one year. Upon
11 intake, I became high, high developed into
12 euphoria, euphoria intensified to grandiose, until
13 mania overtook me.
14 I lived delusions, paranoia, insomnia;
15 endured radical, obsessive, irrational antics; fly-
16 on crazy. Oblivious, other people noticed.
17 Within weeks, having lost 22 pounds, I
18 was taken into police custody after running and
19 screaming through the neighborhood. I kicked out
20 the police car window barefoot, then dove through
21 the shattered glass.
22 The emergency room described, "Impaired,
1 disheveled, impulsive, combative, threatening,
2 depersonalization, derealization, acute
3 psychosis."
4 Held in four-point restraints, I was
5 committed to a mental crisis facility. Days after
6 my release, law enforcement came again when I
7 myself called 911 twelve times repeatedly. Police
8 arrived to find me locked in the house, razor in
9 hand, screaming to kill myself while begging police
10 to do it for me.
11 I was forced into total appendage
12 restraint position. Again, I was committed to a
13 mental crisis facility for suicidal ideation. My
14 words on an antidepressant, "I will sacrifice my
15 living breath and return to the sea of my
16 Mother Earth, drown, car off bridge. Drugs?
17 Death."
18 "Prescription suicide" is simple: A
19 delusion manifested to actualize an escape from
20 madness. Optimum because induced insanity is so
21 horrific that living as such is more petrifying
22 than death itself -- comparatively, a relief.
1 Make no medicinal mistake, SSRIs are
2 hardcore, mind-altering legal drugs --
3 overprescribed, addictive, and deadly.
4 Unlike illegal drugs, however,
5 prescription high does not subside, rather it
6 swells higher to toxic levels masking itself in
7 diagnosis while deflecting culpability. To end it:
8 withdrawal, suicide.
9 Victimized, I filed a lawsuit against a
10 pharmaceutical manufacturer mass marketing such a
11 treatment knowingly, criminally failing to warn
12 doctors, patients and the FDA of lethal consequence
13 and poor efficacy.
14 Offered a settlement and gag order, I am
15 able to speak today because I rejected that
16 proposal. My case continues onward. I stand
17 before you the powers that be giving you my
18 experience. Now alerted and informed, I trust the
19 policies you produce will be epic.
20 I appreciate your time. Thank you.
21 (Applause.)
22 DR. PINE: Thank you.