December 14, 2010
TO: Senator Loni Hancock, California 9th
1515 Clay St., Suite 2202
Oakland, CA 94612
FROM: Roland E. Angle, Constituent
870 Walnut St.
Alameda, CA 94501
RE: Illegal forced drugging of inmates confined to state mental hospitals; Criminal
coverup of deaths caused by these drugs by county and state officials;
Unconstitutional state law creating the setting for these wrongful deaths.
Dear Senator Hancock:
I am a constituent of the 9th
taxes and am a law-abiding citizen entitled to be heard by my elected representatives.
I have been attempting to communicate with you regarding the above matters for several
months, but your aides in your Oakland office have refused to meet with me.
Specifically, Marta Toscano has refused to answer my letters, emails, notes, or attempts
to see her face-to-face in your office. I have no way of knowing whether or not you
are aware of my attempts to communicate with you, or whether my attempts have been
blocked by your staff members without your knowledge.
My concerns regarding the issues noted above have developed over many years, and
stem from the incarceration of a family member in the state mental hospital system
administered by the Department of Mental Health (DMH). In reference to my concerns, I
have enclosed two documents:
1) A copy of a recent article that appeared in Vanity Fair magazine that alleges
District. I am the owner of several businesses. I pay my
2) A redacted (for privacy reasons) copy of a recent death certificate recorded
more than 200,000 deaths occur in the U.S. each year from the effects of
in San Luis Obispo County for an inmate of Atascadero State Hospital,
administered by the DMH.
The Vanity Fair article, “Deadly Medicine”, notes that about 90% of all deaths due to
prescribed drugs go unreported. This would amount to some 180,000 deaths annually.
In sheer numbers, these deaths outnumber the deaths caused by traffic accidents, AIDS,
kidney disease and diabetes combined. Yet this is a political non-issue, due to the
powerful financial interests vested in the pharmaceutical industry that produces these
Many of these deaths occur in state mental institutions, where prisoners are forced to
ingest drugs that have a known harmful effect upon their health. Studies show (e.g.
Anatomy of an Epidemic, by Robert Whitacre, published 2009) that these drugs shorten a
person’s life, on average, by 25 years.
The enclosed copy of the Death Certificate of one such individual is an example of how
these deaths are covered up, and therefore go unreported. This particular inmate, who
died at age 40 after many years of incarceration at ASH, died of classic drug effects, as
listed on the literature that comes with the drug. State law requires that the death of any
inmate of a state mental institution who dies while in custody must be investigated by
the coroner (Welfare & Institutions Code 4137; California Government Code Section
27491). As you can see by the Death Certificate, this inmate was transferred out of
ASH to a nearby community hospital the day before he died, and no investigation was
performed into the cause of his death. This deliberate process intentionally avoids the
intent of the law, and leaves the connection between the forced drugging and death
hidden from public view. It is a clear example of one of the 180,000 unreported deaths
referred to in the magazine article.
There is clearly a conspiracy of interests that perpetrate this criminal behavior: the
drug companies, the DMH hospital administration, the attending psychiatrist (a DMH
employee), the county sheriff and coroner, the physician at the community hospital, the
county District Attorney, and the state Attorney General. And, I might add, it is difficult
to believe that the state legislators who created the laws that are being violated on a daily
basis are not aware that this criminal behavior is an ongoing occurrence.
And that is only the beginning of the story. The laws governing mental health issues
are unconstitutional. The California Lanterman-Petris-Short Law, on the books since
the 1980’s, allows for pre-frontal lobotomies and “scientific” inquiry into the causes
of homosexuality. In practice, persons accused of being either Mentally Disordered
Offenders (P.C. 2960-2982) or Sexually Violent Predators (Welfare & Institutions Code
6600, et. seq.) are routinely denied their constitutional rights, including the right to refuse
forced drugging. These laws are the foundation from which spread other laws designed
to deprive other groups of citizens their constitutional rights.
As a member of both the Judiciary and Public Safety Committees in the State Senate,
I request that you raise the facts in those venues and demand an investigation into this
law-breaking activity on the part of so many state officials. The waste of money by the
DMH, with an annual budget of over 4 and a half billion dollars, is obviously also an
important issue. Taxpayers are being robbed of the mental health services they deserve
when DMH officials are spending huge sums on drugs that they are forcing on patients,
shortening their lives while breaking the law.
I request a meeting with you, since your staff seems either unwilling or unable to carry
out the functions of your office. At that meeting, I wish to discuss specific actions that I
will propose so that you can act in the best interests of your constituents is this matter of
extreme importance to us all.
You may reach me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via my cell phone at (510) 501-
Roland E. Angle
ENCL: Copy of Vanity Fair article, “Deadly Medicine”;
Copy of San Luis Obispo County Death Certificate, Document 000242683