Death by Prescription

Anti-depressants, tranquillisers and sleeping pills are some of the most prescribed medicines in the world with a record number of us on the ’happy pills’. Many of these drugs come with a range of serious side effects, from dizziness and nausea to increased agitation. But is is their association with violence and suicide that has been most controversial.

Mark, a 48 year old father of two, killed himself less than a week after taking antidepressants. A prescribed cocktail of pills caused Aurélie to have uncontrollable fantasies about decapitating her parents and killing everyone.

We investigate the dangers of prescription pills.


  • Year: 2014
  • Duration: 52 mins
  • Production: Piments Pourpres
  • Director: Olivier Pighetti
  • Available Versions: ENG, FRA
  • Country of production: France

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