Kids and Prescription Drugs: Are we Ignoring Dangerous Side Effects?
The attack on Sandy Hook last month was devastating and left us all with the questions of how this could happen. What could have stopped it? Or how do we stop it from happening again? But, the reality is we may never have a satisfying answer to the atrocity.
Politicians and media outlets want us to believe that dealing with gun control or extreme mental health problems may help to solve the problem, but there is a hidden truth behind most of the school shootings (and similar mass murders) within the past decade which is both shocking and scary. The perpetrators were either on or just recently coming off psychiatric medications, which are known to cause suicide or homicide in rare cases.
The scary part about these drugs is that millions of children, teens and adults are currently on the same medication to treat depression, ADHD, anxiety, OCD, etc. Ritalin, an often prescribed medication for ADHD is chemically similar to cocaine and may lead to “frontal lobe syndrome,” which describes the damage to the front portion of the brain responsible for rational decisions, avoiding unnecessary risks, and having empathy for others. Other antidepressants, such as Prozac, Luvox, Paxil or Effexor have also been known to cause disturbing effects.
Take for example, Luvox, whose manufacturer “concedes that during short-term controlled clinical trials, 4 percent of children and youth taking Luvox – that’s 1 in 25 – developed mania, a dangerous and violence-prone mental derangement characterized by extreme excitement and delusion.”
Or Effexor, whose manufacturer added “homicidal ideation” to the drug’s list of rare side effects. By the way, the FDA defines “rare” as occurring in less than 1 in 1000 people. According to WND, more than 19.2 million people have prescriptions for Effexor, which means that thousands of Americans (many kids and teens) could have murderous thoughts.
Does this help explain why Lanza attacked Sandy Hook? There isn’t a confirmation of that yet, but initial reports from family friends did confirm that he was taking medication. I’m not sure if this information will ever be officially released, but I sure hope so. We have to stop these tragic shootings and massive deaths. A look at the medications that previous killers were on shows a pattern that just can’t be ignored:
- Columbine murderer, Eric Harris was on Luvoz, Paxil, Zoloft, Effexor and others
- Kip Kinkel (15) killed his parents, 2 classmates, and wounded 22 others. He was on Prozac and Ritalin
- Patrick Purdy murdered 5 children and wounded 30 in 1989. He was on Amitriptyline (an antidepressant)
- You can read this article for more examples.
These powerful psychotropic drugs have extremely dangerous side effects and we can’t keep pushing that away. At what point, do we as a nation, as a community, and as parents say enough is enough?