Thursday, July 24, 2014

Worth a read

There is a great four-chapter series this week in USA Today's online edition about the impact of mental health cases on police departments and the criminal justice system. This has been a recurring topic on my blog over the years. Highly recommended reading to get a national perspective on a tragic problem.


Anonymous said...

Think back to your earlier LE days, before smartphones (and the easy mobile texting, e-mailing, and social networking posting of the allegedly last words from so many of the relevant individuals). Of course, some who threaten suicide are sincere, which brings us to...psychiatric drugs - not the mere prescribing of such, but the over-prescription of these drugs.

Think back to when certain categories of drugs weren't as widely flung out to so many patients. Anti-depressants, anti-anxiety meds, and so forth.

"Here's your pills, take as directed, see you in a month or as needed, even though I know you'll stop taking them and then be even more unbalanced than you were before you started. NEXT!"

How many suicidal party calls did LPD handle back then, compared to now?

Tom Casady said...


I can't go back any further than 1994--at least from my desktop. That year, we handled 164 suicide attempts. Last year,it was 259.