It’s a tragic story, the mauling of a woman and the killing of a chimp. In the 911 call placed by Herold, the Chimp’s “mom”, she hysterically insisted that someone come and kill her beloved chimp Travis, and that he was trying to kill her.
In an initial interview (video of it follows) Herold argues against the assertion made by many, that chimps should not be pets:
They’re the closest thing to human, the closest thing to us. Their DNA, we can give them a blood transfusion, they can give us one. How many people go crazy and kill other people?
In Herold’s attempt to try and calm the agitated Travis she gave him tea containing the antidepressant Xanax.
Rossen: How long was that before the attack, that you gave him the Xanax?
Herold” Five minutes. If that.
Rossen: You think the Xanax had some kind of…
Herold: Oh, no. Five minutes?
A day later, Herold claims:
Herold, a 70-year-old widow whose daughter was killed in a car accident several years ago, told the AP the chimp “was my life” and that she “never, never, never” gave it Xanax. “He never had anything but love.
Why is Herold now changing her story? Likely because of the threat of charges that may be brought against her if she is found responsible for the chimp attack on her longtime friend. Authorities are questioning if Xanax may be the culprit that caused Travis to become agitated and aggressive.
The known serious side effects of medications like Xanax, a short-acting benzodiazepine, are not new. In fact, they were documented shortly after the advent of the drug.
From a 1993 Consumers Report Article:
A recent FDA analysis of reports of adverse reactions to drugs, which physicians send to the agency voluntarily, showed a number of cases in which the drug seemed to cause bouts of rage and hostility.
Psychiatrist Peter Breggin, a leading critic of psychiatric drugs tells us from his book Toxic Psychiatry (1991):
The minor tranquilizers can produce paradoxical reactions-acute agitation, confusion, disorientation, anxiety and aggression-especially in children, adults with brain disease, and the elderly. The Xanax report in the 1991 PDR states, “As with all benzodiazepines, paradoxical reactions such as stimulation, agitation, rage, increased muscle spasticity, sleep disturbances, hallucinations and other adverse behavioral effects may occur in rare instances and in a random fashion.
As in response to alcohol, some people more readily lose their self-control and become violent when taking minor tranquilizers. There are frequent references to this in the literature, including cases of murder under the influence of minor tranquilizers.
Xanax is one of the more dangerous minor tranquilizers. Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon warn about Xanax in their October 1989 syndicated column “The People’s Pharmacy”: Xanax, one of the most commonly prescribed medications in the country, has been associated with confusion, paranoia, depression, hostility and forgetfulness while a person is taking it.
If we’re going to levy charges on Herold for medicating her chimp, let this be a pathway towards charging those who drug children, that – after ingesting medications prescribed to them – go on killing sprees. Michael Moore’s film Bowling for Columbine made not one reference to the impact that prescription medications have played in school shootings, insisting that guns were the culprits. Of course, we all know Guns don’t kill people, people do…
Psychiatry’s Prescription for Violence
It’s not only psychiatric drug-induced children opening fire on their classmates. Homicides (and suicides) have been reported in adults as well. In Peter Breggin’s Medication Madness, he describes dozens of cases of otherwise self-controlled people who became spellbound by psychiatric drugs, leading them to perpetrate bizarre acts, including mayhem, murder and suicide.
Dangers Of Antidepressants Suppressed (Fox News)
While we’re getting into an uproar over the possible correlation between Travis’s attack and Xanax, let us also demand a moratorium on psychiatric drugs that are increasingly being pushed onto humans, especially children, with known deleterious dangers.
Ritalin: A Dangerous Addictive Drug
New Risks Revealed in Drugging Children