It seems more likely to me, given the abrupt, unexpected death of Rebecca Riley, that she died a sudden cardiac death due to Seroquel (primarily). None of her psychiatric diagnoses were or are actual diseases. But intoxications with psychiatric diseases are. See EUROPEAN HEART JOURNAL Fred A. Baughman Jr., MD, Neurologist (ret) & Mr. Stan White (father of deceased veteran Andrew White.Hundreds of Soldiers & Vets Dying From Antipsychotic – Seroquel[published (electonically) December 29, 2011] Antipsychotics and antidepressants alone or in combination, are known to cause SCD. Sicouri and Antzelevitch (2008) concluded:(1) "A number of antipsychotic and antidepressant drugs can increase the risk of ventricular arrhythmias and sudden cardiac death," (2)"Antipsychotics can increase cardiac risk even at low doses whereas antidepressants do it generally at high doses or in the setting of drug combinations." Googling "dead in bed," "dead in barracks," by April 16, 2009, veteran's wife, Diane Vande Burgt, had Googled 74 probable sudden cardiac deaths. By May 2010: 128, and, by November 2, 2011: 247. Two-hundred-forty-seven! Today: 351! In June 2011, a DoD Health Advisory Group backed a highly questionable policy of "polypharmacy" asserting: "...multiple psychotropic meds may be appropriate in select individuals." The fact of the matter is that psychotropic drug polypharmacy is never safe, scientific, or medically justifiable. From 2001 to the present, US Central Command has given deploying troops 180 day supplies of prescription psychotropic drugs--Seroquel included. In a May 2010 report of its Pain Management Task Force, the Army endorsed Seroquel in 25- or 50-milligram doses as a 'sleep aid.' Over the past decade,$717 million was spent for Risperdal and $846 million for Seroquel, for a total of $1.5 billion when neither Risperdal nor Seroquel have been proven safe or effective for PTSD or sleep disorders. Heather Bresch, daughter of U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin,(D-WV) was recently named CEO of WV drug-maker Mylan Inc., that recently contracted with the DoD for over 20 million doses of Seroquel.Defense Department Health Advisory Group chair, Charles Fogelman, warned: "DoD currently lacks a unified pharmacy database that reflects medication use across pre-deployment, deployment and post-deployment settings." It is time for the military and government to come clean.
Also see Antipsychotics linked to sudden cardiac death risk
By: BRUCE JANCIN, Clinical Psychiatry News Digital Network
DENVER 5/24/13 in which it was concluded that both the second-generation as well as the first-generation antipsychotic agents proved independently associated with greater than threefold increased risks of sudden cardiac death, according to results from a large, population-based study,Dr. Audrey Uy-Evanado reported at the annual meeting of the Heart Rhythm Society.In a multivariate logistic regression analysis adjusted for age, gender, and comorbidities, having schizophrenia was not associated with an increased risk of SCD. However, patients on a first-generation antipsychotic agent had a 3.76-fold increased risk of SCD (P =.0002), and those on a second-generation antipsychotic drug had a 3.3-fold increased risk.This study was undertaken as a follow-up to an earlier report from the Oregon Sudden Unexplained Death Study, which broadly identified antipsychotic drug therapy as being associated with SCD.