Grant's Story: Grieving Mom Blames Forced Drugging and Commitment for Son's Death

Melanie Ritz recounts the story of how her son Grant, after a night out partying with his buddies, was involuntary committed under Florida's Baker Act. Medical records show that Grant was not a danger to himself or others, yet he was held at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center under the Baker Act and drugged involuntarily. Many question why Grant was involuntarily committed under Florida's Baker Act, a mental health law, instead of Florida's Marchman Act, which is intended for detoxification and substance abuse treatment. Grant had been drinking alcohol and had taken hallucinogenic mushrooms the night of his involuntary commitment.

Grant's medical records noted that his mood was depressed and he was hallucinating from the mushrooms. So doctors prescribed him two central nervous system depressants (Ativan, Ambien), and two drugs that increase the risk of hallucinations (Ambien, Cogentin), which are contraindicated in patients suffering from depression or psychosis.

Join Melanie, and other parents standing against the proposed expansion of Florida's Baker Act (Florida Senate Bill 514 and Florida House Bill 505) by calling or emailing your Florida legislators to let them know you oppose the bills; and by joining Parents Against Pharmaceutical Abuse (PAPA).

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