Judge to Allow Chantix Defense in Murder Trial


The judge hearing the case of Tim Danielson, who stands accused of shooting his ex-wife then attempting suicide, will allow expert testimony about the role that Chantix may have played in Danielson’s actions. According to commercials and the Chantix website, possible side effects include “hostility, agitation, depressed mood, suicidal thoughts or actions.” Danielson had begun taking the drug weeks before the murder took place.

Accused killer Tim Danielson to claim use of Chantix may have contributed to his actions (ABC 10 News)

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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].


  1. How about a murder trial for the makers of Chantix ?

    I saw a girl from the local treatment center getting “baker acted” when I was bringing a guy back from A.A . She was upset , on Chantix and cut her wrist . She got handcuffed in front and put in the police car for a ride to the hospital, maybe the ambulance cost to much but it was there.

    “Maybe she ‘has’ BPD and it wasn’t the Chantix ?” Bull , she said it was making her “wacky”.

    I also wonder why the paramedics INSIST on keeping all those flashing lights on after they arive attracting neighbors and very often creating extra anxiety in the person who they came for ?

    Do we really need 70 very bright red and white strobe lights lighting up the entire neighborhood for half an hour ?

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  2. That should happen more often. There are numerous cases of suicide/murder under the influence of sometimes obscene amounts of psych drugs. If I get high on street drugs or drunk and harm someone I am liable because I chose to intoxicate myself. But if a person takes the drugs in good will because the doctor tells them and then ends up butchering family members it poses a serious problem.

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