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A Mesquite councilwoman who had stopped taking an anti-smoking drug fatally shot herself and her husband last month. The FDA had warned the drug, called Zyban, could lead to depression or suicide attempts. The link between the drug and the murders is speculative, but such drugs have been linked to fatal outbreaks before. So what are the side effects of drugs like Zyban? What other drugs have extreme side effects, and how do you avoid those risks?

Dr. Ole Thienhaus, Chair, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Dept, University of Nevada School of Medicine
Morris Workman, Ed and Gen Mgr, Mesquite Local News
Gardiner Harris, Public Health Reporter, New York Times

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