Mental health advocate explains medications given to Chester Jackson

Published: May. 31, 2019 at 4:46 PM CDT
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We are learning more about the drugs Chester Jackson was given before he become critically ill.

During a 9-1-1 call in Austin, a hospital worker told the operator he was given Ativan, Haldol and Benadryl.

Before this, Jackson was arrested in Burleson County and taken to the county jail. Body camera footage showed him being pushed by an officer and hitting his head while shackled.

KBTX wanted to know more about the medications he received during treatment in Austin.

Jody Shulz with NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Brazos Valley explained how Ativan and Haldol have been used on her son who has battled mental illness.

While she's not a doctor, she said the drugs can help calm patients down.

"When he is in a crisis and we go to the emergency room, many times they give him Haldol. It kind of just puts him to sleep, so they can rest and their bodies can reset, and most of the time when he wakes up and he's fine and back to his normal self again," she said.

Schulz says Ativan is also sedative drug that treats someone during a mental health emergency and provides short term relief. She reiterates if a loved one is having a crisis, call 9-1-1 to get help.

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