Heath Ledger’s Autopsy Toxicology Report

Heath Ledger received a posthumous Oscar for Best Supporting Actor as the Joker in The Dark Knight.

Drugs listed in Heath Ledger’s Autopsy Toxicology Report:

Oxycodone, such as OxyContin, an opiate painkiller
Hydrocodone, such as Vicodin, an opiate painkiller
Diazepam, such as Valium, an anti-anxiety drug (benzodiazepine)
Alprazolam, such as Xanax, an anti-anxiety drug (benzodiazepine)
Temazepam, such as Restoril, an anti-anxiety drug (benzodiazepine)
Doxylamine, such as Unisom, an over the counter antihistamine

He was taking three psychotropic drugs known to be addictive and to have suicidality as a side effect.

Some of the side effects of psychotropic benzodiazepines can be:

Acute hyperexcitation
Aggressive behavior
Epileptic seizures
Extreme restlessness
Liver problems
Memory impairment
Muscle tremors
Severe depression
Sexual problems
Sleep disturbances
Slurred speech
Suicide attempt
Transient amnesia

Daily use of therapeutic doses of benzodiazepines is associated with physical and psychological dependence, and abrupt cessation can lead to severe withdrawal symptoms. For example, drug experts say that Xanax is more addictive than most illegal drugs, including cocaine or heroin.

The benzodiazepines, including alprazolam, produce additive central nervous system depressant effects when co-administered with other psychotropic medications, anticonvulsants, antihistamines, ethanol and other drugs which themselves produce central nervous system depression.

The benzodiazepine’s exact mechanism of action is unknown. Clinically, all benzodiazepines cause a dose-related central nervous system depressant activity varying from mild impairment of task performance to hypnosis.

Everyone is encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

For more information about psychotropic drugging, watch the Making A Killing video.

Psychiatry as an Arm of the State

Lew Rockwell interviews Dr. Thomas Szasz on his radio program:


If you talk to God, you are praying;
If God talks to you, you have schizophrenia.
–Thomas S. Szasz, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry Emeritus at the State University of New York Health Science Center in Syracuse, New York and co-founder of CCHR

“Psychiatry developed about 300 years ago as an arm of the law. It was always, its actual purpose, was always to get rid of unwanted people.”

Mental Illness: “Behavior that other people don’t like.”

Bringing criminal psychiatrists to justice

Bringing criminal psychiatrists to justice is what ultimately prevents them from wreaking their destruction on the unsuspecting populace. In 2008 CCHR International investigated, tracked and targeted one count of kidnapping, three counts of first-degree murder, four counts of child pornography, 16 counts of professional negligence and gross incompetence, 24 counts of patient death from physical abuse, 97 counts of sexual assault and indecency and 109 more instances of health care fraud, from insurance fraud to grand larceny.

In the last year, 428 psychiatrists and psychiatric personnel have been incarcerated, lost their job or lost their right to practice.

3,700 psychiatric institutions have been closed down over the past decade.

60 pieces of psychiatric legislation have been derailed.

Over 134 million dollars has been taken out of corrupt psych pockets.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued warnings that psych drug advertising claims are misleading, fallacious and subject to immediate regulatory action.

Psych drugs help generate $330 billion a year for the psychiatric industry.

Psych drugs reportedly kill an estimated 3,000 patients per month internationally.

In the last year psych drug manufacturers have lost 173 billion dollars.

Antidepressants greatly increase the risk of suicide, especially in children.

Due to CCHR, twelve landmark cases and seven fundamental changes in Russian laws now protect more than 17 million citizens from the political tyranny of Russian psychiatry which was designed to degrade and dispose of unwanted citizens.

CCHR is ripping the veil off psych-drug fraud, psych-drug deaths and obscene psychiatric profits, and is bringing an end to the psychiatric horror for millions. You can help prevent psychiatric fraud and abuse; click here to find out how.


With public distrust of psychiatry mounting—and government agency warnings about psychiatric drugs at an all-time high—a new exhibit in St. Louis, Missouri shows that it could get much worse.

St. Louis – Denouncing the fact that internationally more than 100,000 patients die each year in psychiatric institutions and an estimated 15,000 American children have died as a consequence of taking psychiatric drugs, the St. Louis Chapter of the Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) launched the Grand Opening of  “Psychiatry: An Industry of Death” international touring exhibition and documentaries.

The featured Keynote Speaker, Vice President of Information and Public Contact at Applied Scholastics International, William Garrett, officially opened the exhibit at 2:30 PM on Saturday, January 24, 2009 at Jamestown Mall in Florissant, Missouri. The exhibit is open daily until February 15.

The exhibit features 15 display panels that incorporate audio-visual presentations depicting human rights abuses by psychiatry and carry statements from health professionals, academics, legal and human rights experts, and victims of psychiatric brutalities. The exhibit also addresses a federal plan that would screen the state’s children for “mental illness” that could lead to a threefold increase in the number of children being subjected to the devastating effects of psychotropic drugs.

Portions of the touring exhibit also made an appearance in the Rotunda of the Missouri Capitol Building in Jefferson City the 19th-21st of January; and portions will also appear at the Working Women’s Survival Show at the St. Charles Convention Center the 13th-15th of February.

The 185-foot, state-of-the-art exhibit exposes psychiatry as an industry driven entirely by profit. It traces the origins of psychiatry, the role psychiatrists have played in the oppression of blacks and minorities, the roots of their eugenics programs and the pivotal part they played in the Holocaust. It also reveals how psychiatric drugs are behind gun-toting teens today going on shooting sprees, and how millions of federal dollars allocated to screen all 52 million American schoolchildren could increase both child deaths and acts of school violence. People touring the exhibit today signed a petition opposing funding and implementation of mental health screening in schools.

“The touring exhibit shows psychiatry’s deadly ‘treatments’ in graphic detail,” warns CCHR St. Louis chapter spokesperson, Teresa Hassler, who listed out psychosurgery, shock treatment, deadly restraint and the prevalent inhumane conditions of psychiatric facilities, and the forced drugging of children as young as six months old. “Most importantly, though, this exhibit provides practical guidance for lawmakers, educators, doctors, human rights advocates and private citizens so they can take action in their own spheres to bring psychiatry to account for their abuses.”

The touring “Psychiatry: An Industry of Death” exhibit theme is patterned after a permanent museum by the same name at the Los Angeles headquarters of Citizens Commission on Human Rights International, a psychiatric watchdog group with 300 chapters worldwide. Co-founded in 1969 by the Church of Scientology and Dr. Thomas Szasz, Professor of Psychiatry Emeritus at the State University of New York Health Science Center in Syracuse, CCHR investigates and exposes psychiatric violations of human rights.

Ms. Hassler said, “Our exhibit shows very clearly how, in the name of ‘help,’ psychiatry, in fact, destroys lives.”

A sampling of current statistics and facts shown in the exhibit bears this out:

• 20 million children worldwide are taking psychiatric drugs, including 10 million in the United States, which can cause suicide, hostility, violence, mania, strokes, heart attacks, diabetes and death.
• Antipsychotic drug prescriptions for children increased fivefold between 1993 and 2002 in the United States, during which time 45 children died from the drugs.
• In recent years, stimulant drugs have caused 19 child deaths, although as only 1% to 10% of drug adverse reactions are reported, the death toll from children taking antipsychotic drugs, stimulants and antidepressants could be as high as 15,000.
• 10% of American teens (2.3 million) are abusing psychiatric stimulants.
• More than 100,000 patients die each year in psychiatric institutions around the world.
• Psychiatrists are using electroshock, drugs and other barbaric means to torture political dissidents.
• Internationally, psychiatrists kill up to 10,000 people each year with their use of electroshock—460 volts of electricity sent searing through the brain.  Three-quarters of all electroshock victims are women.
• Psychiatrists and psychologists have raped 250,000 women.  Studies show that 10 to 25 percent of psychiatrists sexually assault their patients; of every 20 of these victims one is likely to be a minor.