Man Found “Not Criminally Responsible” for Shooting Wife While on Chantix


The Washington Post reports that “a Maryland man was found not criminally responsible for shooting his wife in the neck in their home in 2014 because he was found to be suffering from ‘involuntary intoxication’ due to Chantix.” More than 2,000 people have joined in lawsuits against Pfizer for psychiatric problems including suicide and suicidal thoughts associated with the drug.

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“Pfizer, the maker of Chantix, has denied that the drug has any neuropsychiatric effects. But McClatchy News Service reported in 2014 that more than 2,000 people had joined in lawsuits against Pfizer for various psychiatric problems, including suicide and suicidal thoughts. Pfizer settled most of them for an estimated total of at least $299 million.”

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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. Near Fatal (and Fatal) Reactions to Dopamine type drugs are routinely covered up in Psychiatry, and by Psychiatric Researchers.

    I haven’t killed anyone or successfully committed suicide, but in April of 1984 I was injected with a first time (unpredictable) long acting dopamine antagonist and shortly afterwards had to “break” my way into a Psychiatric Unit (in Western Ireland) for my own protection (from myself).

    (Previous to this incident I’d had two suicide attempts).

    I reported my condition as a reaction to the drug but my (Research) Psychiatrist recorded it as a “pre psychotic episode”. This was my last hospitalization – after this I carefully stopped strong psychiatric drugs and made full Recovery as a result.

    My Research Psychiatrist went on to write promotional published papers on the offending medications (on behalf of the manufacturers).

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