According to the parent-website, Prescription: Suicide?, the Downings share the tragic story of their 12 year old daughter who was found hanging from a valence of her bed. [The film, which features 6 families was produced in 2005]
"What happened to our daughter and so many others like her is a travesty. We have since met other families who have lost their child after Zoloft was prescribed for test anxiety. Those in a position to create positive change can go home to their children at night. We will never have that opportunity with Candace again. Our therapist referred to what happened to Candace as abduction. She was taken away from us with no warning and died in the process. What gave them that right?", Mathy stated tearfully.
Whether or not drugs like Zoloft, used to treat OCD and depression, really do cause suicides is a matter of medical debate. But another debate is running. The Downings, and other families, charge that drug makers knew from pre-marketing studies that these drugs made some children and teens suicidal, but hid the study results, and altered other studies by pooling negative studies together to show more positive results.
"This is not about money," says Mathy Downing, "This is about the right of the American people to make their own decisions. I can't sit back as an American citizen and watch children continue to die. And that is why we hope the documentary Prescription: Suicide? will help to get that message out where it counts: among the American families whose biggest concern is to protect and nurture their children."
The Downings have testified at FDA hearings and are lobbying congress to make all research public. Mathy Downing has also addressed the US Drug Safety Systems Committee, which is reviewing the numerous allegations against the FDA's handling of policy regarding anti-depressants among medical controversies.
The Candace Downing Story, (not to be confused with the Candace Newmaker [Candace Tiara Elmore] story), is a must-read and see for ALL parents, as it relates to the risks and benefits of treatement (in this case, prescription drug use on children), and informed consent.