Sparks Middle School shooter had Prozac in system day of shooting

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Updated: 5/13/2014 6:19 pm
SPARKS, Nev. ( & KRNV) - We learned that Jose Reyes had Prozac in his system the day of the shooting, but it was prescribed to him by a psychotherapist three days before the tragedy.

Reyes was told to take 10 milligrams of Prozac once daily to treat his symptoms of a depressive disorder. That was based on what his doctor noted of feelings of inadequacy in his family and meeting family expectations. Reyes also told the therapist he was being teased at school and specifically spoke about being called "gay" and being teased about "peeing" his pants. According to the police report, Reyes took the prescribed amount of Prozac on Saturday, Sunday, and on the day of the shooting.

Experts say Prozac is an anti-depressant and can take a month or two to help someone feel better, but the drug does come with a black box warning that states: “Anti-depressants increase the risk compared to placebo of suicidal thinking and behavior in children, adolescents and young adults in short term studies of major depressive disorder…"

“The ultimate symptom of depression, which is allegedly what you're using Prozac for is suicide,” said executive secretary of the Nevada State Board of Pharmacy Larry Pinson. “So how do you distinguish whether it's the drug or the disease that would lead to suicide? It's very difficult."

According to the police report, during Jose Reyes's doctor's appointment he showed symptoms similar to people who have autism, but was not diagnosed.

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portland17 - 7/17/2014 2:04 PM
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How do you tell if it was the drug or the disease? Well, it doesn't sound like he was suicidal before taking it, and in truth, Prozac has never been found to decrease the suicide rate, but to increase it. Also, the kid is feeling put upon by his parents and bullied at school and is wondering about his sexuality, and the best the psychologist can come up with is Prozac? Obviously an incompetent person whose license should be challenged for such a stupid and insensitive intervention. If a person wasn't suicidal before they started the drug, become suicidal after taking the drug, and the drug has a tendency to increase suicidal thinking, it should be pretty obvious that the drug is at fault. Again. ---- Steve

allanland - 5/14/2014 9:16 PM
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You no something smells bad here. The family not held responsible when it was their gun. And they have a kid that is mental. There News four should ask the tuff question is this family here legally. Hear someone who claimed to know them that they are not. And they have family here that owns a restaurant in sparks. Need a media group that will find out the truth.

NVMirage - 5/13/2014 10:53 PM
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Like a broken record, we learn that a school shooter is on psychotropic drugs. Giving this drug to a young boy should be criminal. These dangerous drugs are handed out like candy, yet are the common denominator of the worst tragedies this country suffers. The pharmaceutical industry is out of control.

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