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Psychiatric Drug Sought on Streets

By Patricia Wen
Boston Globe
July 13, 2009

Seroquel debuted 12 years ago as a novel drug for adult patients with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, a powerful pill that would help stabilize their emotional lives. Psychiatrists began prescribing these tablets to others – children with serious mental illnesses and adults with anxiety or depression. … If misused, doctors say, Seroquel can heighten the risk of diabetes, heart and blood pressure problems, involuntary twitches, and rapid weight gain. …

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