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“Self Medicating” Leads to Two Deaths

Posted by Childress on July 19, 2006

Rollie Morgan was self-medicating, his father said.

“These pills, marijuana and beer will just take you down the tubes.  Those things made him into something I didn’t recognize.”

What sort of things?  Horrible things:

Only seconds before he died, Rollie Morgan ran into his house carrying the .22-caliber rifle his father, Richard, futilely tried to wrestle away hours earlier.

The 18-year-old told his father: “I just shot Tara. We need to take her to the hospital.”

Morgan reloaded the rifle and sprinted to the car where his on-again, off-again girlfriend, Tara Lowery-Stevens, 19, lay wounded, if not dead.

As his father watched, Morgan fired at least nine more shots into her head and upper body through the shattered passenger-side window.

He then sat behind the steering wheel and looked toward the body. “I love you, Tara,” he said.

Morgan placed the rifle between his feet, inserted the muzzle in his mouth, reached down and pulled the trigger.

Rollie was definitely a troubled kid.  But what he needed was help and professionally prescribed medications.  What he opted for was self-medication:  drugs and booze.

Bad choice. 

His dad has a wish:

“I hope other kids learn from mine.”


7 Responses to ““Self Medicating” Leads to Two Deaths”

  1. Crystal Morgan said

    Rollie did have professionally prescribed medications – his prescriptions ran out and when he went to get them refilled they told him to come back in 3 weeks when there was an available appointment. People need to know the whole story and what we have been through with him before they start throwing out their “opinions” on the situation. If his “self-medicating” led to the shooting why don’t you ask why he had to self medicate in the first place.

  2. Childress said

    It’s a tragedy that Rollie wasn’t able to get an appointment. It seems like a priority should be given to people who need medications to balance their mental health, and it’s wrong that someone would have to wait three weeks to get a prescription filled.

    For whatever the reasons, both voluntary and involuntary, a lot of people do self-medicate, and it is a very unhealthy thing to do.

    My prayers are with you and your family during this terrible time.

  3. Raven Morgan(sister) said

    My little brothers case has been re-opened by the chicago tribune and 2 privately paid lawyers,the truth will be known before i die and he will no longer be known as a murderer!
    I will always love you Rollie-love Mena/Rave

  4. William said

    If Crystal Morgan is correct then cold turkey withdrawal from prescription medictions for a “troubled” person is as liable to cause homicidality as ‘illegal’ medication.

    In some people even sticking to the therapeutic prescribed dose has proven to blow their mind and cause homicidality after only a few days on that medication.

    Please see:

    There’s little difference between prescription and illegal mind altering drugs – if you’re one of the percentage of people who can’t metabolize them, your are at risk.

    LSD and Heroin were once prescription medications. Made by one of the same pharma companies that now make huge profits from manufacturing some of the more ‘modern’ variations of those drugs.

    A lot of lies have told to get these ‘legal’ drugs approved.

    Below and expert discusses with a drug regulatory body some of the lies that the industry got away with, and when this is considered it could be said that they “get away with murder”:

    “…Reports on these trials list patients who have committed suicide, and list those patients as being of a certain age and as having committed suicide at a certain point during the trial, when the patient in question has a very different age and the event in question happened at a completely different point during the trial…”.

    “…Miscoding of suicidal act as emotional lability…”

    ” …Lilly have resorted to treatment non-response and a range of other headings to code what happened…” [re coding/mislabelling suicidal acts happening on clinical trials]

    “…records on Prozac, Seroxat/Paxil and Lustral/Zoloft, you will find cases of homicidality coded as nausea for instance…”

    “…Discontinuation of patients from studies for primary adverse effects such as nausea when in fact there has been a suicidal act;…”

    “…But it is also worth adding specifically that this has been a feature of all trials of Zoloft/Lustral, Seroxat/Paxil and Prozac throughout…”

  5. William said

    My heartfelt sympathies to Rollie’s family.

    There is a lot of information out there if you know where to look.

    A start might be either the site the expert is quoted on,

    or the site the homicide list was from

    (they both have a lot of information and links to other sites that might also help)

    and then just go from there.

    There’s also the lawyers site who defended Christopher Pittman who killed his grandparents after being put on Paxil then Zoloft:

    and their video about the circumstances around Christopher Pittman is here:


  6. Rayna Lowery-Morgan said

    I am Tara’s sister and I also agree that this was NOT Rollie’s fault and do not consider him a murderer. Tara’s Dad (my Dad also) is mentally ill and I understand and sympathize with Rollie and his problems. I think that’s why Tara understood Rollie so well. I hope this all works out in the end. I love you Tara Rae Lowery.

  7. Jeanetta said

    I know alot of the stuff he’d done. He told me all the time, I begged and pleaded with him to stop that it was making him mean, and he wouldnt listen. He was one of my best friends, been there for me no matter what the problem was, he felt to me like the brother I never had. I also read an article at, saying that they had no idea where the gun came from and all that, kinda odd. All I know is I’m going to miss him more than anything. Crystal has already gotten in touch with me, Raven if you would like to as well, you may get the info from Crystal. Extremely sorry about the lost, I’m sure you 2 were closer to him than I was. R.I.P. Rollie

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