Thursday, October 12, 2006

Are prescription drugs linked to school shootings?

As seen on this report by WALB, the questions that people are asking are spreading, of course they need to explain it away, even though there is this pesky coincidence in timing.

A recent string of school violence and shootings have left many concerned citizens asking why. And with studies showing at least 10 school shooters since 1998 were under the influence of antidepressants or other stimulants, drugs like Prozac, Effexor, and Paxil are being blame.

"Children that end up taking antidepressants naturally are ones that already have behavioral problems, depression issues, social things going on in the home," says Wendy Vandemark, a Physiatrist at Greenleaf Hospital.

Doctors and pharmacists agree that antidepressants and other mood altering drugs can increase the risk of suicidal behavior and changes in behavior for people, especially young adults, taking these drugs. Those changes can range from social withdrawal to irritability, to aggressiveness and in some cases hostility," says Pharmacist Michael Hicks.


All medical experts agree that when being prescribed an anti-depressant, all patients should be closely monitored during treatment.

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