Toronto Newspaper Links Champix to Suicide, Aggression


An ongoing Toronto Star investigation has found that the 24 suicides associated with with the smoking-cessation drug Champix put it among the leading suspected causes of reported suicides associated with prescription drugs. The investigation also found Champix had the largest number of reported violent-reaction cases of all drugs. “The violence cases are often absolutely senseless — anyone who happens to be around,” said a senior scientist with the Institute for Safe Medication Practices.

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Kermit Cole
Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected].