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Over the past twenty years a treatment for severe acne was introduced to the world called Accutane The FDA approved Accutane in 1982 and since then about five million people in the United States have been treated with it Accutane is the only drug that has the potential to clear severe acne permanently after one course of treatment As powerful as Accutane is with clearing up acne and improving peoples lives emotionally and physically its side effects can be just as powerful The drug is known to cause miscarriages and severe birth defects Patients also could develop potential problems affecting organs such as liver intestines eyes ears and the skeletal system as well as psychiatric problems which has lead to suicide Which is exactly what happened to BJ Stupak BJ Stupak was a popular seventeen years old that did not show any sign of depression according to his parents Bart and Laurie Stupak On the other hand his friends heard BJ talking about how his grades were not up to standards and how he would never get in the school of his choice When BJ was found on his kitchen floor after taking his life questions arose The fact that his prescription acne drug was Accutane did not cause suspicion in the investigation although there had been several suicide cases related to this drug Another case similar to BJ Stupak and Charles Bishop brought much confusion Charles Bishop was said to be a wonderful student never caused trouble and always had his work in on time BJ was president of his class an athlete and popular with both girls and boy Both boys showed no sign of what was to come or what was going on inside them The Stupaks were desperate for an answer as to why their son took his own life Laurie Stupak BJs mother had been thinking back to the drug with a nagging thought After searching for information about the
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