Connecticut Resisting Release of Adam Lanza’s Medical Records

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The Office of the Attorney General of Connecticut is resisting the release of Sandy Hook shooter Adam Lanza’s medical records. “It is alarming that here we are very close to a year later and the public still remains in the dark, records are still sealed, and the State is now saying that it is opposing a release of the records because those records ‘can cause a lot of people to stop taking their medications'” says Patricia Weathers of Ablechild, a parents’ rights organization that is suing the CT Chief Medical Examiner for the information.

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Of further interest:
Was Connecticut Shooter, Adam Lanza, on Psychiatric Drugs? Medical Examiner Snubs Official Request for Toxicology Report (Ablechild)
The Link Between Psychiatric Drugs and Violence (Behaviorism and Mental Health)
Freedom of Information Commission Hearing: AbleChild v. the State of Connecticut Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (Video: Connecticut Network)

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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]

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  1. The other side of this coin is the refusal to release or outright “deep sixing” (spoliation) of the medical records of formerly “mentally ill” who recovered after employing alternative treatments.

    I recovered in 1982 after I used orthomolecular therapy against the advice of my treating VA fee-basis psychopharmachologist. He did agree that my symptoms were gone and allowed me to withdraw from drugs, but he termed my recovery a “spontaneous remission” and refused to make any more regularly scheduled appointments with me.

    I presented myself to VA psychiatrists several times through 1990, and even had a Grand Rounds attended by many doctors which was video taped. Sometime after 1991, all records of my psychiatric treatment by the VA fee-basis psychiatrist (who later became President of the APA) and the VA itself just disappeared.

  2. Madmom, thank you for your appreciative remarks. I served for God, Country, Mom’s Apple Pie and the Hell of it, not necessarily in that order.

    When I discovered a few years ago that the VA records of my “spontaneous remission” had been spolitated, I opened a case with the VA Inspector General for fraud waste and abuse. The VAOIG told me that the statue of limitations had expired. I tried to suggest that there is no statute of limitations on murder and that whoever destroyed those records may have caused the deaths of thousands of veterans who could have made similar recoveries with orthomolecular therapy. That fell on deaf ears.

    Last year, I gave copies of my evaluation by highly credentialed, board-certified psychiatrist and psychologist, Parker, Schlichter & Associates to psychiatrists at my local VA Medical Center and insisted that these evaluations be made part of my VA medical records. There was strong resistance, which was overcome only by my bringing the matter to the attention of VA Secretary Gen. Eric Shinseki, and by informing the psychiatrists that if they “deep sixed” the documents I would open another case with the VAOIG. This would now be well-within the statute of limitations.

    I was recently informed by phone that my medical records have been updated with the Parker & Schilchter findings but I have not been over to the hospital yet to pull the records and verify.