Recent mass shootings have sparked a heated debate about gun control, dividing many citizens into pro gun or anti gun camps. However, a little reported fact is the significant link between those committing the shootings and the use of psychiatric drugs.
A Brief History Of Psychiatric Drug Use
Mental illness disability rates have seen a 6 fold increase in the United States since 1955. This correlates with a heavy increase in psychiatric drug use which greatly increased in the 50s and 60s. The real psychiatric drug boom hit in 1988 when Prozac, came to the market, and now reports show that as much as 1 in 5 (1 in 4 women) have taken psychiatric drugs, with 1 in 6 frequently taking the drugs.
Do Psychiatric Drugs Work?
Most clinical trials on medication take place over a short period of time, and effectiveness over this time does not necessarily mean effectiveness in the long term. This is the point medical reporter and author of Anatomy of an Epidemic Robert Whitaker shared in a recent interview with The Huffington Post:
“The literature is remarkably consistent in the story it tells. Although psychiatric medications may be effective over the short term, they increase the likelihood that a person will become chronically ill over the long term. I was startled to see this picture emerge over and over again as I traced the long-term outcomes literature for schizophrenia, anxiety, depression, and bipolar illness. In addition, the scientific literature shows that many patients treated for a milder problem will worsen in response to a drug— say have a manic episode after taking an antidepressant — and that can lead to a new and more severe diagnosis like bipolar disorder. That is a well-documented iatrogenic [physician caused illness] pathway that is helping to fuel the increase in the disability numbers. Now there may be various cultural factors contributing to the increase in the number of disabled mentally ill in our society. But the outcomes literature — and this really is a tragic story — clearly shows that our drug-based paradigm of care is a primary cause.”
Is There A Connection Between Violent Tendencies Psychiatric Drugs?
There is compelling evidence showing a link between Psychiatric Drugs and violent behaviour. Mental health watchdog CCHR International shared that:
Despite 27 international drug regulatory warnings on psychiatric drugs citing effects of mania, hostility, violence and even homicidal ideation, and dozens of high profile shootings/killings tied to psychiatric drug use, there has yet to be a federal investigation on the link between psychiatric drugs and acts of senseless violence.
At least 35 school shootings and/or school-related acts of violence have been committed by those taking or withdrawing from psychiatric drugs resulting in 169 wounded and 79 killed (in other school shootings, information about their drug use was never made public—neither confirming or refuting if they were under the influence of prescribed drugs).
Between 2004 and 2012, there have been 14,773 reports to the U.S. FDA’s MedWatch system on psychiatric drugs causing violent side effects including: 1,531 cases of homicidal ideation/homicide, 3,287 cases of mania & 8,219 cases of aggression. Note: The FDA estimates that less than 1% of all serious events are ever reported to it, so the actual number of side effects occurring are most certainly higher.
Investigative Journalist Ben Swann covers this in his latest episode of Reality Check:
With debates roaring about pro gun and anti gun regulation, maybe we can switch the conversation to one that focuses more on the root cause of the problem of violence in America. A narrative which is heavily under reported on by the mainstream (old media). Please share this article.
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