Sunday, February 2, 2014

Soviet psychiatric drug for dissidents given to US patients

1974 ad from Archives of General Psychiatry
Jon Rappoport
Activist Post

It’s called Haldol. The generic name is haloperidol.

It’s classified as an “anti-psychotic.”

You’ll read that Haldol is being phased out in the US, but PM: The Essential Resource for Pharma Marketers reports that Haldol accounts for 5% of anti-psychotic prescriptions handed out between 2010 and 201l.

That’s 2.7 million prescriptions for Haldol. In one year, in the US.

The major and frequent adverse effects of the drug? Akathisia (the irresistible and painful impulse to keep moving, the inability to sit still), dystonia (severe muscle contractions that twist the body grotesquely), and Parkinsonism.

In short, torture.

All three of these effects can indicate motor brain damage.

Here is a quote from a article, “Haloperidol—What Is Haloperidol?”:

“There are multiple reports from Soviet dissidents, including medical staff, on the use of haloperidol in the Soviet Union for punitive purposes or simply to break the prisoners’ will. Notable dissidents that were administered haloperidol as part of their court ordered treatment were Sergei Kovalev and Leonid Plyushch.”

From the same article, there is this blockbuster statement:

“Haloperidol has been used for its sedating effects during the deportations of aliens by the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). During 2002-2008, federal immigration personnel used haloperidol to sedate 356 deportees. By 2008, follow[ing] court challenges over the practice, haloperidol was given to only 3 detainees. Following lawsuits, U.S. officials changed the procedure so that it is done only by the recommendation of medical personnel and under court order.”

In his landmark book, Toxic Psychiatry, Dr. Peter Breggin quotes Leonid Plyushch, a scientist and political dissenter in the USSR, who escaped to the US: “[In a Soviet prison, after dosing with a small amount of Haldol] I was horrified to see how I deteriorated intellectually, morally and emotionally from day to day. My interest in political problems quickly disappeared, then my interest in scientific problems, and then my interest in my wife and children.”

In the 1960s and '70s, Haldol was given to “angry black men” in America, after laying on the justification that they were suffering from schizophrenia.

Here is a quote from the 2012 edition of Virtual Mentor, the American Medical Association Journal of Ethics. It concerns a pharmaceutical ad that ran in the May 1974 issue of the Archives of General Psychiatry:

“…in the ad, an angry African American man shakes his fist menacingly…the text above the image…'Assaultive and belligerent' 'Cooperation often begins with Haldol.'”

Yes it does. Cooperation begins with the the torture delivered by Haldol.

Warning! Do not try to withdraw from Haldol or any psychiatric drug without proper guidance. The effects of the withdrawal can be more dangerous than the drug’s effects. See, for example, the work of Dr. Peter Breggin and his advice on withdrawal, at

Jon Rappoport is the author of two explosive collections, The Matrix Revealed and Exit From the Matrix, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world. You can sign up for his free emails at

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egavacs said...

I don't get Haldol is a "Soviet" drug. The stuff has been around a long time and has side effects identical to Thorazine. It's been publicly written about as a mild "tranquilizer" and was the subject of a national scandal here in the U.S. because it was given to elderly patients who were being "naughty", to keep them quiet.
There's was a scene regarding the inability of the Psych/Med professions being unable to distinguish the difference between 'dementia' and 'depression', with the the side effect of the so-called 'tranks' being compounded with their prescription. In other words, "...never give these so-called tranquilizers to a person who's depressed. If it was up to me, these drugs would have been banned a long time ago

Anonymous said...

Wow. Great article.

It's not just Haldol which can activate Akathisia. I was on higher than necessary doses of Baclofen and occasional Tramadol and lemme tell ya- I had that restlessness for a good two years even after I weaned myself off it. It's hell. I couldn't sit still for more than five minutes and even then fidgeted like crazy. Sleep was next to impossible. So some combinations over a longer period of time can do similar things. Really gets the nervous system out of whack. It takes time to heal and get control of your body back.

egavacs said...
The drug Halperidol is not a Russian drug.

Anonymous said...

It was discovered in Belgium in the 1950's.

et Setera said...

Haloperidol killed my mother. She was one of the'naughty' elderly patients mentioned in the other post, going through the late stages of Alzheimer's disease and very frail. She was due to be visited by a Community Psychiatric Nurse at her nursing home, but while waiting for this and without notifying me or asking my agreement, the home manager got the home's GP to issue a prescription.
The results were catastrophic, they said it was a stroke but it was Neuroleptic Malignancy Syndrome. This is where nervous system functions go haywire, temperature control etc. In hospital, my mother was on a drip and given adequate basic care but the attitude of nursing staff was cold and indifferent. My daughter and I insisted on taking her home, where at least she would be cared for with love. My mother lived for another week, with either myself, my daughter or sister or all of us constantly with her. Haloperidol is an evil drug, it should never be given without careful monitoring and the availability of an 'antidote' drug (Procyclidine) if the symtoms mentioned in the article above are noticed.

HCC said...

If you read some French, my web site CANADA: The Rising Police State, may interest you. In my feature article, "Soviet Methods Coming to Quebec Courts", I explain how the "justice" system in Quebec (Canada) is being trained to view ordinary people who represent themselves at court as "mentally ill".

Judges are encouraged to silence "pro-se counsel" (self-representers) with court orders depriving them of their right to file suit without the "permission" of a guardian.

The people behind this ideological trend toward seeing ordinary people who pursue their own rights as "mentally ill", i.e., called "complainers" in the Quebec French legal system, began to be cranked up out of the blue around the year 2000.

Prior to that, the so-called "disease" of "QUERULENCE" (complaining about nothing) had not been heard of (to my knowledge) in Canada; but is apparently an old Soviet tactic for suppressing dissent and basic human rights. The lawyer who was instrumental in setting this whole system up, Yves-Marie Morrissette, eventually became a Quebec Court of Appeal judge. The woman with whom he set it up was the now-former Chief Justice of Quebec Superior Court, the Honourable Madam Lyse Lemieux. Interestingly, she was eventually forced to retire after a drunk driving incident. When I went to the courthouse to look at her arrest file, the staff refused to pull up the file, and called armed guards to interview me as to why I wanted to see this "public" record. I never did see it.

Here's my web site documenting "Judicial declarations of madness" in Quebec (Canada):

The photographs at top and bottom of the site are of the actual court house in Montreal, I took them.

(I haven't been into that web site in a long while; not sure where the password is; but the resources for self-representers in Quebec probably need updating.)

However, the most important part of the web site is the information on modern-day abuse by courts imposing "psychiatric" determinations from the bench. I call these "Judicial declarations of madness".

A couple of men who had been slapped with this kind of repression found my web site and left comments favorable to the site. The approving comments were laundered out by someone in the back-end of the web host.

In any event, I scanned key articles on this new trend out of French Quebec law journals, and placed the PDFs online (free download). The articles favorably mention the potential use of HALOPERIDOL (HALDOL) to silence those crazy people who come to court without a lawyer to defend their rights.

Anyone who reads French may appreciate this information. Also, if anyone bilingual has the time, translation would be a good idea.

Kind regards,

Kathleen Moore
The Official Legal Challenge
To North American Union

Blog: (By the way, I completed my other web site, CANADA: The Rising Police State ( in 2007, a couple of weeks before I was kidnapped by Police, assaulted to deprive me of access to a lawyer, incarcerated without trial, assaulted with a list of drugs in an effort to disable me; and my property -- including my years of legal research on the North American Union and its links to Quebec "secession", was confiscated by the landlord with protection of the police. Eventually, the lunatic asylum (same one that was hired by the CIA in other decades to experiment in erasing the personalities of innocent Canadians) threw me out three weeks into my imprisonment, apparently because they couldn't subdue me. (I had a small camera in my purse and managed to photograph some of my captors. The pictures are online.) You'll find much of this story at that last blog. Kind regards. KM

Anonymous said...

P.S. I recently re-published an article from 1958 that may interest you:

Kind regards.
Kathleen Moore
The Official Legal Challenge
To North American (Soviet) Union

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