No doubt you will wonder at some point in this post whether this is the time for this conversation. I’ve struggled with the same question. In the end I decided to publish today because pretty soon the constant drone of media coverage will cause parents to tune this story out. Oh sure, they’ll be more terrified than ever and so will their children, but for the most part mainstream coverage of these events breeds nothing but a sense of fatalism.
But what if many of these events are preventable? Twenty years ago parents didn’t worry that their children would be gunned down in fifth period – now no one can keep track of the number of shootings. A lot of things have changed for sure but I believe one of the most relevant changes is the the mass dosing of our children with pharmaceuticals. If your emotions are too raw right now please bookmark this post for later.
Depression Hurts. Prozac Hurts More.
Last December a Canadian judge ruled that a 15 year-old boy murdered one of his closest friends because of the effects of Prozac. The ruling will not be appealed.
Though the case was against the boy and not Prozac’s manufacturer, Eli Lilly, you’d think they’d have a thing or two to say about allegations that their drug causes homicidal tendencies.
Maybe that’s because despite their slogan – which has now been transferred to Cymbalta – they know that it DOES. They covered up the fact that it caused suicidal behavior for 15 years, so why not this?
Did You Know . . .
That FIVE of the top ten most violence inducing drugs are antidepressants?¹ Of these, three are regularly prescribed to about 1.5 million children in the United States. Two other medications that made the list are ADHD drugs also commonly prescribed for children.
According to CCHR:
[P]eople with no prior history of violence (or suicide) became homicidal and suicidal under the influence of antidepressants. … However, despite all the documented violence-inducing side effects of these drugs, the FDA has never issued black box warnings on antidepressants causing violence or homicide despite the fact that at least 11 recent school shootings were committed by kids documented to be on or in withdrawal from psychiatric drugs.” (emphasis mine)
Did antidepressants play a role in T.J. Lane’s decision to murder his classmates yesterday? We don’t know yet. But as a Wyoming jury found in the 2001 case of a man who murdered his wife, daughter and granddaughter before committing suicide while on Paxil, there is ample evidence that antidepressants should carry a black box warning for violence and homicide just as it does for suicide. For those who need more than a few anecdotal stories, here is a collection of 4,800 news stories “with the full media article available, mainly criminal in nature, that have appeared in the media (newspapers, TV, scientific journals) or that were part of FDA testimony in either 1991, 2004 or 2006, in which antidepressants are mentioned.”
Please take the time to watch at least the first video and then – if it convinces you like it did me – share it with everyone you know. Parents are groping for answers right now, so let’s give them real ones. We can’t wait 10 more years for the FDA to get this one right
Antidepressants And School Shootings, Suicide, Addiction
Micheal Moore Calls Pharmaceutical Companies Criminals
What Clinical Trials Say About Antidepressants and Homicidal Behavior
This one overlaps a little with the video above but the 1½ minutes are absolutely worth watching.