Suicide Med For Depression 2010-03-16 Georgia Man Found Dead in Truck by Side of Road

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Summary:

Paragraph four reads:  "After speaking with his family and the Jacksonville police, the APD were able to confirm that Higgins was suffering from depression, and had attempted suicide before."

Second paragraph from the end reads:  Higgins was on medication and police say a  'large amount'  of alcohol was found in the truck."

SSRI Stories Note:  The Physicians Desk Reference states that antidepressants can cause a craving for alcohol and alcohol abuse.  Also, the liver cannot metabolize the antidepressant and the alcohol simultaneously,  thus leading to higher levels of both alcohol and the antidepressant in the human body.  


http://www.mysouthwestga.com/news/story.aspx?id=430779

Man found in truck committed suicide

Higgins death was ruled a suicide 

Police say the man found dead in a truck last week committed suicide
By Romney Smith
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 at 9:42 p.m.

Police say there was no foul play involved with 57-year-old Leonard Higgins of Jacksonville, Florida.

Higgins’ body was found with zip wire around his feet and neck, his hands were partially handcuffed, and there was a bag over his head.

Through the investigation police determined it was a suicide because of the evidence.  Lieutenant Eddie Jones with the Albany Police Department says the zip ties were loose, and only one hand cuff was fastened.  “That thing that was around his neck, he could have easily taken that off.  Right now there’s no trauma to the head, no puncture wounds, nothing that appeared to be damaged or out of place on him” says Jones.

After speaking with his family and the Jacksonville police, the APD were able to confirm that Higgins was suffering from depression, and had attempted suicide before.

Police aren’t sure why Higgins traveled to Albany to commit suicide, but they say he has a female friend who lives here who is dying and that may have something to do with it.

Higgins was on medication and police say a “large amount” of alcohol was found in the truck.

Police expect to receive a toxicology report in a few weeks which will confirm exactly how Higgins died.