|Kathleen Savio Death Scene|
Joliet, IL—Retired Bolingbrook police sergeant Drew Peterson is on trial for his life. He was in the middle of a protracted and difficult divorce from Kathleen Savio. Their marriage was problematic perhaps because of Savio’s mental illness and state of emotional turmoil.
We have to first get past the difficult hurdle of proving Savio’s death was not just a tragic accident that happened while she was locked in the safety of her own home. Savio changed the locks specifically to keep Drew Peterson out.
Savio was prescribed the controversial drug, Zoloft to help her function under the circumstances. The drug is commonly used to treat Bi-Polar disorder and other mental disorders.
The prosecution wants to use hearsay evidence of what others are now claiming Savio said. Since Savio was an emotional mess and was going through a stressful divorce it’s only common sense that she said some outlandish things. When you add her mental condition and the effects of Zoloft everything seems to suggest whatever she may have said was far too unreliable to accept as truth.
When you add that the people providing the alleged hearsay will benefit financially if Peterson is convicted it makes the hearsay incredibly unreliable.
Hearsay does not belong in American courtrooms. This attempt to bring the emotional outbursts of a sick woman taking Zoloft as evidence is something out of the Salem Witch Trials in a sad chapter of American history.
Read the standard warning that comes with Zoloft:
A small number of children, teenagers, and young adults (up to 24 years of age) who took antidepressants ('mood elevators') such as sertraline during clinical studies became suicidal (thinking about harming or killing oneself or planning or trying to do so). Children, teenagers, and young adults who take antidepressants to treat depression or other mental illnesses may be more likely to become suicidal than children, teenagers, and young adults who do not take antidepressants to treat these conditions. However, experts are not sure about how great this risk is and how much it should be considered in deciding whether a child or teenager should take an antidepressant.
You should know that your mental health may change in unexpected ways when you take sertraline or other antidepressants even if you are an adult over 24 years of age. You may become suicidal, especially at the beginning of your treatment and any time that your dose is increased or decreased. You, your family, or your caregiver should call your doctor right away if you experience any of the following symptoms: new or worsening depression; thinking about harming or killing yourself, or planning or trying to do so; extreme worry; agitation; panic attacks; difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep; aggressive behavior; irritability; acting without thinking; severe restlessness; and frenzied abnormal excitement. Be sure that your family or caregiver knows which symptoms may be serious so they can call the doctor if you are unable to seek treatment on your own.
Your healthcare provider will want to see you often while you are taking sertraline, especially at the beginning of your treatment. Be sure to keep all appointments for office visits with your doctor.
The doctor or pharmacist will give you the manufacturer's patient information sheet (Medication Guide) when you begin treatment with sertraline. Read the information carefully and ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions. You also can obtain the Medication Guide from the FDA website: http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/InformationbyDrugClass/UCM096273.
No matter what your age, before you take an antidepressant, you, your parent, or your caregiver should talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of treating your condition with an antidepressant or with other treatments. You should also talk about the risks and benefits of not treating your condition. You should know that having depression or another mental illness greatly increases the risk that you will become suicidal. This risk is higher if you or anyone in your family has or has ever had bipolar disorder (mood that changes from depressed to abnormally excited) or mania (frenzied, abnormally excited mood) or has thought about or attempted suicide. Talk to your doctor about your condition, symptoms, and personal and family medical history. You and your doctor will decide what type of treatment is right for you.