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Some Thoughts On SSRI Drugs And School Shootings

Written by Wellness Club on February 19, 2008 – 10:46 pm -

We have written often to answer questions about SSRI drugs such as Paxil, Effexor, and Prozac. It seems these drugs are being pushed by Big Pharma and doled out like candy by Big Medicine for every imaginable ill, to every possible victim, er, patient. Not only are adults fair game for those pushing these drugs, children and adolescents are fair game too – often with devastating results A regular readers and correspondent wrote recently to share his outrage at this and the drugs connection with a recent university shooting incident:

Dr. Denny writes:

The recent slaughter at Northern Illinois U still resonates….on my radio, I listened as some bubble-brained admin at NIU complimenting himself on the “effectiveness of their disaster plan/training” which seems like political double-speak for “wow, aren’t we clever?!”….in light of the fact that the University rushed a lot of people around, wide-eyed and worthless, and NEVER intercepted / confronted the perpetrator, it seems damning (at best) and catastrophically foolish to compliment anyone on having any disaster plan in place.

The obvious: the “disaster plan” failed miserably – children (and faculty) were slaughtered with no hope of rescue

The obvious: the predator finished his spree and self-executed himself without ANY interference from anyone

The obvious: another bureaucrat puts spin on a disaster to politically / media-justify the total absence of effective planning

I note that nobody addressed the issue of the predator having been medicated with SSRI drugs….(Prozac, Effexor, etc)…a class of meds which has consistently been linked to aberrational behavior in adolescents….one undocumented report alleges that many, if not all, of the high-school shooters have been medicated with SSRIs…several media reports indicated that this particular predator had “recently” self-discontinued his SSRI meds…which would certainly further de-stabilize him…Big Pharma is loathe to see these reports but the reality is clear- these meds are documented as creating suicidal ideations and violent outbursts in adolescents, yet this class of meds is probably the most widely-prescribed class of meds in adolescents here in the US…(outside of antibiotics and sniffle-meds) Certainly the adult population in this country is learning to accept SSRIs as their morning meal…

We share these sentiments here. Indeed, experts have expressed concerns about increased suicide risk in association with use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) for treatment of depression. In 2005, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) placed a black box warning on SSRI medications, citing an increased risk of suicide among children and adolescents taking this type of antidepressant. Yet conventional medicine continues to prescribe these dangerous drugs as if they are harmless and risk-free.

Isn’t it time for medicine to return to it’s roots, and to spend some time with a patient to find the cause of a problem instead of simply throwing yet another drug at it?

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