December 16, 2012

Anti-depressants and violence

Medical Whistleblower, 2011 - Recent cases of mass violence such as the Joseph Wesbecker in Virginia that shot his co-workers, the Virginia Tech murders, the Columbine Shootings, and the shootings at Fort Hood, all point to the fact that anti-depressant and SSRI medication are dangerous to the public. These medications can cause homicidal thinking which results in public violence and also in suicides. The pharmaceutical industry wants to use the returning veterans as a huge potential pharmaceutical drug customer base. All veterans are trained to use weapons and often have weapons easily at hand. With post traumatic stress a major problem in the returning troops, we have a social problem to deal with their mental health needs. With the US government picking up the tab, the pharmaceutical companies are lobbying heavily to increase their expected profits from the sales of drugs for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder sufferers.

The huge numbers of returning veterans are a prime target of their sales efforts. Big Pharma pours lots of money into the political campaigns of those who support their agenda. These huge pharmaceutical companies have persons on the President's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health that are pushing to do wholesale marketing of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors and other mind altering drugs to veterans with PTSD. The constantly expanding prison population is another target for the SSRI drug marketing and especially those prisoners facing re-entry and who will soon have Medicaid/Medicare to pay their pharmaceutical bills. -

 When SSRI antidepressants such as Prozac, Paxil and Zoloft were first introduced in the late 1980's and early 1990's there were reports of increasing violent behavior including suicide and homicide. There were in 2003 reports by British authorities and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration about unpublished studies showing an increased risk of suicide in children and teenagers taking Paxil. Prior reports of suicidal and homicidal acts in adults taking SSRIs have been minimized by the pharmaceutical company defenders and mainstream doctors, who claim that suicide is common in depression anyway. ---

The recent violence Nov. 5, 2009 at Fort Hood in Texas in which a military psychiatrist shot and killed 13 people and wounded 30 others gives us good reason to reconsider these psychiatric drug treatments for military personnel and veterans. This incident reminded me of the Northern Illinois University mass shootings where former grad student Stephen Kazmierczak killed 5 students and wounding dozens of others before committing suicide himself. This gunman had been taking the drug Paxil prior to his mass killings. The drug manufacturer had been deliberately withholding information about violent behavior as an adverse effect of the medication. Now the drug Paxil carries a black box warning about homicide and suicide. On Sept 14, 2004, an FDA panel voted 18 to 5 to require manufacturers of all antidepressants to add black box warnings to their product labeling. A month later, the FDA adopted the panel's recommendations. The warning reads in part: "Antidepressants increased the risk of suicidal thinking and behavior (suicidality) in short-term studies in children and adolescents with Major Depressive Disorder and other psychiatric disorders. Anyone considering the use of [Drug Name] or any other antidepressant in a child or adolescent must balance this risk with the clinical need.

List of shootings with shooter on anti-depressant

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I have been wondering about the connection and when the mainstream news media and law enforcement would finally recognize it and give it credance. Thank you for your article; I hope it gets the widest possible audience.

Anonymous said...

Mental Health is big problem in the USA. When treated with these medication, they tend to make the situation worse, instead of making them better. It could explain, a change in their behavior.

Is any of your family or friends on these medication?

Here is the Top Ten Legal Drugs Linked to Violence:

10. Desvenlafaxine (Pristiq) - 7.9 times more likely to be associated with violence than other drugs

9. Venlafaxine (Effexor) - 8.3 times more likely than other drugs to be related to violent behavior.

8. Fluvoxamine (Luvox) - 8.4 times more likely than other medications to be linked with violence

7. Triazolam (Halcion) - 8.7 times more likely to be linked with violence than other drugs

6) Atomoxetine (Strattera) - 9 times more likely to be linked with violence

5) Mefoquine (Lariam) - 9.5 times more likely to be linked with violence than other drugs.

4) Amphetamines: (Various) - 9.6 times more likely to be linked to violence, compared to other drugs.

3) Paroxetine (Paxil) - 10.3 times more likely to be linked with violence compared to other drugs.

2) Fluoxetine (Prozac) - 10.9 times more likely to be linked with violence in comparison with other medications.

1) Varenicline (Chantix) - 18 times more likely to be linked with violence compared to other drugs

http://healthland.time.com/2011/01/07/top-ten-legal-drugs-linked-to-violence/

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