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Assault Charges Dismissed on Grounds of Involuntary Intoxication with Psychiatric Drugs


A twenty-five year old Virginia man, charged with assault against the police, was acquitted today on the grounds of involuntary intoxication with psychiatric drugs. Dr. Peter Breggin testified that the patient's seven prescribed psychiatric medications produced an intoxication that would have impaired anyone's mental capacities and judgement. This was the first successfully tried case of involuntary intoxication in the State of Virginia. The defense attorney was William Hassan of Fairfax, Virginia.




Most psychiatric drugs can cause withdrawal reactions, sometimes including life-threatening emotional and physical withdrawal problems. In short, it is not only dangerous to start taking psychiatric drugs, it can also be dangerous to stop them. Withdrawal from psychiatric drugs should be done carefully under experienced clinical supervision. Methods for safely withdrawing from psychiatric drugs are discussed in Dr. Breggin's new book, Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal: A Guide for Prescribers, Therapists, Patients, and Their Families.