Mass shootings and psychiatric drugs: the connection

Mass shootings and psychiatric drugs: the connection

by Jon Rappoport

February 22, 2018

I’ve been tracking the connection since 1999, when I wrote a long white paper, for the Truth Seeker Foundation, on school shootings and psychiatric drugs. The paper was titled: “Why Do They Do It? School shootings Across America.”

The drugs aren’t the only causative factor, but they produce what I call the Johnny Appleseed effect throughout society. Sprinkle enough of the drugs among enough people and you get otherwise unexplainable violence popping up—in schools, in workplaces. The psychiatric plague eats out the country from the inside.

Here are excerpts from my 1999 report—

The massacre at Columbine High School took place on April 20, 1999. Astonishingly, for eight days after the tragedy, during thousands of hours of prime-time television coverage, virtually no one mentioned the word “drugs.” Then the issue was opened. Eric Harris, one of the shooters at Columbine, was on at least one drug.

The NY Times of April 29, 1999, and other papers reported that Harris was rejected from enlisting in the Marines for medical reasons. A friend of the family told the Times that Harris was being treated by a psychiatrist. And then several sources told the Washington Post that the drug prescribed as treatment was Luvox, manufactured by Solvay.

In two more days, the “drug-issue” was gone.

Luvox is of the same class as Prozac and Zoloft and Paxil. They are labeled SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors). They attempt to alleviate depression by changing brain-levels of the natural substance serotonin. Luvox has a slightly different chemical configuration from Prozac, Paxil, and Zoloft, and it was approved by the FDA for obsessive-compulsive disorder, although many doctors apparently prescribe it for depression.

Prozac is the wildly popular Eli Lilly antidepressant which has been linked to suicidal and homicidal actions. It is now given to young children. Again, its chemical composition is very close to Luvox, the drug that Harris took.

Dr. Peter Breggin, the eminent psychiatrist and author (Toxic Psychiatry, Talking Back to Prozac, Talking Back to Ritalin), told me, “With Luvox there is some evidence of a four-percent rate for mania in adolescents. Mania, for certain individuals, could be a component in grandiose plans to destroy large numbers of other people. Mania can go over the hill to psychosis.”

Dr. Joseph Tarantolo is a psychiatrist in private practice in Washington DC. He is the president of the Washington chapter of the American Society of Psychoanalytic Physicians. Tarantolo states that “all the SSRIs [including Prozac and Luvox] relieve the patient of feeling. He becomes less empathic, as in `I don’t care as much,’ which means `It’s easier for me to harm you.’ If a doctor treats someone who needs a great deal of strength just to think straight, and gives him one of these drugs, that could push him over the edge into violent behavior.”

In Arianna Huffington’s syndicated newspaper column of July 9, 1998, Dr. Breggin states, “I have no doubt that Prozac can cause or contribute to violence and suicide. I’ve seen many cases. In a recent clinical trial, 6 percent of the children became psychotic on Prozac. And manic psychosis can lead to violence.”

A study from the September 1989 Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, by Joseph Lipiniski, Jr., indicates that in five examined cases people on Prozac developed what is called akathesia. Symptoms include intense anxiety, inability to sleep, the “jerking of extremities,” and “bicycling in bed or just turning around and around.” Dr. Breggin comments that akathesia “may also contribute to the drug’s tendency to cause self-destructive or violent tendencies … Akathesia can become the equivalent of biochemical torture and could possibly tip someone over the edge into self-destructive or violent behavior … The June 1990 Health Newsletter, produced by the Public Citizen Research Group, reports, ‘Akathesia, or symptoms of restlessness, constant pacing, and purposeless movements of the feet and legs, may occur in 10-25 percent of patients on Prozac.’”

Other studies:

“Emergence of self-destructive phenomena in children and adolescents during fluoxetine [Prozac] treatment,” published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (1991, vol.30), written by RA King, RA Riddle, et al. It reports self-destructive phenomena in 14% (6/42) of children and adolescents (10-17 years old) who had treatment with fluoxetine (Prozac) for obsessive-compulsive disorder.

July, 1991. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Hisako Koizumi, MD, describes a thirteen-year-old boy who was on Prozac: “full of energy,” “hyperactive,” “clown-like.” All this devolved into sudden violent actions which were “totally unlike him.”

September, 1991. The Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Author Laurence Jerome reports the case of a ten-year old who moves with his family to a new location. Becoming depressed, the boy is put on Prozac by a doctor. The boy is then “hyperactive, agitated … irritable.” He makes a “somewhat grandiose assessment of his own abilities.” Then he calls a stranger on the phone and says he is going to kill him. The Prozac is stopped, and the symptoms disappear.

The well-known Goodman and Gilman’s The Pharmacological Basis of Therapeutics reveals a strange fact. It states that Ritalin [given for ADHD] is “structurally related to amphetamines … Its pharmacological properties are essentially the same as those of the amphetamines.” In other words, the only clear difference is legality. And the effects, in layman’s terms, are obvious. You take speed and, sooner or later, you start crashing. You become agitated, irritable, paranoid, delusional, aggressive.

In his book, Toxic Psychiatry, Dr. Breggin discusses the subject of drug combinations: “Combining antidepressants [e.g., Prozac, Luvox, Paxil] and psychostimulants [e.g., Ritalin] increases the risk of cardiovascular catastrophe, seizures, sedation, euphoria, and psychosis. Withdrawal from the combination can cause a severe reaction that includes confusion, emotional instability, agitation, and aggression.” Children are frequently medicated with this combination, and when we highlight such effects as aggression, psychosis, and emotional instability, it is obvious that the result is pointing toward the very real possibility of violence.

In 1986, The International Journal of the Addictions published a most important literature review by Richard Scarnati. It was titled, “An Outline of Hazardous Side Effects of Ritalin (Methylphenidate)” [v.21(7), pp. 837-841].

Scarnati listed over a hundred adverse affects of Ritalin and indexed published journal articles for each of these symptoms.

For every one of the following (selected and quoted verbatim) Ritalin effects then, there is at least one confirming source in the medical literature:

• Paranoid delusions
• Paranoid psychosis
• Hypomanic and manic symptoms, amphetamine-like psychosis
• Activation of psychotic symptoms
• Toxic psychosis
• Visual hallucinations
• Auditory hallucinations
• Can surpass LSD in producing bizarre experiences
• Effects pathological thought processes
• Extreme withdrawal
• Terrified affect
• Started screaming
• Aggressiveness
• Insomnia
• Since Ritalin is considered an amphetamine-type drug, expect amphatamine-like effects
• psychic dependence
• High-abuse potential DEA Schedule II Drug
• Decreased REM sleep
• When used with antidepressants one may see dangerous reactions including hypertension, seizures and hypothermia
• Convulsions
• Brain damage may be seen with amphetamine abuse.

Other ADHD medications, which also have a chemical profile similar to amphetamines, would be expected to produce some of the same effects listed above.

The ICSPP (International Center for the Study of Psychiatry and Psychology) News publishes the following warning in bold letters: “Do Not Try to Abruptly Stop Taking Psychiatric Drugs. When trying to withdraw from many psychiatric drugs, patients can develop serious and even life-threatening emotional and physical reactions…Therefore, withdrawal from psychiatric drugs should be done under clinical supervision…”

—end of excerpts from my 1999 white paper on school shootings and psychiatric drugs—

There is a problem. It is chilling. Pharmaceutical companies, which manufacture drug after drug for “mental disorders,” are doing everything they can to cover up the drugs’ connection to violence.

They use their lawyers and PR people—and their influence over the press—to scrub the connection.

And now, one typical, disturbing, official reaction to every new mass shooting is: build more community mental health facilities. Obama was prominent in this regard, after Sandy Hook in 2012. The implication? More drug prescriptions for more people; thus, more violent consequences.

I’ll close with another excerpt from my 1999 report. It is the tragic account of Julie Marie Meade (one account of many you can find at ssristories.org (also here)):

Dr. Joseph Tarantolo has written about Julie Marie Meade. In a column for the ICSPP (International Center for the Study of Psychiatry and Psychology) News, “Children and Prozac: First Do No Harm,” Tarantolo describes how Julie Meade, in November of 1996, called 911, “begging the cops to come and shoot her. And if they didn’t do it quickly, she would do it to herself. There was also the threat that she would shoot them as well.”

The police came within a few minutes, “5 of them to be exact, pumping at least 10 bullets into her head and torso,” as she waved a gun around.

Tarantolo remarks that a friend of Julie said Julie “had plans to make the honor roll and go to college. He [the friend] had also observed her taking all those pills.” What pills? Tarantolo called the Baltimore medical examiner, and spoke with Dr. Martin Bullock, who was on a fellowship at that office. Bullock said, “She had been taking Prozac for four years.”

Tarantolo asked Bullock, “Did you know that Prozac has been implicated in impulsive de novo violence and suicidalness?” Bullock said he was not aware of this.

Tarantolo is careful to point out, “Violent and suicidal behavior have been observed both early (a few weeks) and late (many months) in treatment with Prozac.”

The November 23rd, 1996, Washington Post reported the Julie Meade death by police shooting. The paper mentioned nothing about Prozac.

Therefore, readers were left in the dark. What could explain this girl’s bizarre and horrendous behavior?

The answer was there in plain sight. But the Post refused to make it known.


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Jon Rappoport

The author of three explosive collections, THE MATRIX REVEALED, EXIT FROM THE MATRIX, and POWER OUTSIDE THE MATRIX, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. He maintains a consulting practice for private clients, the purpose of which is the expansion of personal creative power. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world. You can sign up for his free NoMoreFakeNews emails here or his free OutsideTheRealityMachine emails here.

38 comments on “Mass shootings and psychiatric drugs: the connection

  1. Tommy Tunes says:

    This should open up the School District Board members personally to a Civil Suit !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2018/02/21/its-too-late-broward-county-school-board-beginning-to-admit-their-mistakes/

  2. annj49 says:

    I was on low doze of fluoxetine for some time (did not know that was Prozac) for depression but took myself off of them (did not like how I felt). In depression recovery workshops I learned how to treat depression myself naturally with foods, exercise, water, natural sources/ supplements and music. Glad I did that when I read this!

    • T. Dobbs says:

      According to a CNN insider Haab wanted to give an extensive speech and not just ask a question, something the network said the forum was not designed for. When the family was told this they decided to pull out of the event. The CNNer also noted the subject Haab wanted to address, arming teachers, was discussed at length in the 2-hour long town hall.

  3. duncmck says:

    OTO is applicable here .long time ago I painfully crossed paths with a drone which convinced me to go on lithobid the drone figured?.I was too energized and creative for the set consensus . lithium turned me into a zombie..as jack web would say “just the facts mam” while the emotional electricity has blown the circuit of the drones objective.

  4. Reblogged this on amnesiaclinic and commented:
    What we are doing to our children…

  5. Nancy Robinson says:

    These drugs should not be given to anyone. They are dangerous.

  6. T. Dobbs says:

    I agree with the possibility that drugs could be to blame and are almost never mentioned in reporting of shootings. Between the power of the drug companies and the NRA we’ll never get the truth. This issue is neither progressive or conservative…it’s not right or left. Blaming either side in every comment section at just about every online newspaper, magazine, blog, etc. devolves into stupid name-calling, arguments and just goes nowhere.

    • Michael burns says:

      Sidebar:

      Interesting new piece on ‘The Corbett Report’s’ weekly show the ‘New World Next Week’: “Sheriff wants power to detain over social media posts.”

      This sheriff wants the power to hold someone for up to 72 hours for a psychiatric evaluation. To see if they are a danger to themselves or society. Which can only lead to…’Ten students detained over social media posts’…

      ‘Activist detained over social media posts’…

      ‘Journalist detained over social media posts’…

      ‘Anti-Vaxxer detained over social media posts…

      A bit more light is starting to shine through. How quickly will the consensus jump yo this solution.

      Thought experiment:

      If, FaceBook/Google/Twitter/WhatsApp/YouTube/Instagram/Pinterest/Tumblr/
      Skype/Snapchat/ETC ask the government to give them these powers, or, the government passes an Internet bill forcing social media to inform state local and regional police authorities of such questionable ‘people’. How many voices can be silenced or self-censored?

  7. When Will It End says:

    Does anybody know a good, unbiased source for a listing and description of all “mass” shootings (non-domestic/no apparent motive) over the last (at least) 30 – 40 years? I had saved something somewhere a while ago, but can’t find it. Thanks in advance!

  8. Not So Free says:

    Breitbart posted a long list of shooters and the drugs they were “allegedly” on not too long before he “died”. The list is now hard to find.

  9. katie cassis says:

    Does anyone know if there has there ever been a study done to examine statistical evidence confirming pharmaceutical/recreational drug use in other mass shooters? After a brief search I couldn’t find a single online conversation about it let alone research. Thanks.

  10. Judith M.L. Day says:

    Perhaps Fluoxetine helps many and the information from testimonies of the ones who obtain good results overrule the small percentage of people who have adverse effects as mentioned above, which can ruin many lives; as the evidence is there that it really does. I was one of those people who was prescribed Prozac when I was experiencing severe fatigue after a viral infection that lasted months. I was told by a psychiatrist that ” You can be depressed and not even aware of it” I really did not meet the criteria for depression and Prozac was definitely the wrong drug for me. If you mix Prozac with antihistamines, antinauseants and antibiotics, Fluoxetine is more dangerous than ever. The results of that toxic drug assault on my system has negatively impacted my life and even after twenty years, I cannot shed the cloak of mental illness, which would never have been placed upon me, except for being prescribed PROZAC and I being incorrectly informed, consumed it..

  11. Judith M.L. Day says:

    Annother comment: Because psychiatry is such an inexact science, I believe that the Goldwater Rule should be strictly adhered to and it should be medically unethical for one psychiatrist to read charts, not personally examine a patient and write a psychiatric diagnosis from the garbage that has been written by another psychiatrist from collateral history given to him, which could be accurate or inaccurate according to how well the people interviewed know the patient. With such careless psychiatric practice, patients are being victimized and labelled incorrectly, which can negatively impact a life for the reeemainder of it.

  12. Judith M.L. Day says:

    Why are psychiatric interviews that are requested by the courts not video and audio taped so that the expert reports may be more valid and thus less subjective?.

  13. From Quebec says:

    Yes, Jon. But it goes much further. They use these drugged kids to do False flags.

    Here is a very interesting video done on February 20, 2018 at The War Room with Owen Shroyer and Dr. Steve Pieczenik

    WAR ROOM (3rd HOUR) Tue – 2/20/18 • Steve Pieczenik News & Analysis • Alex Jones Infowars
    https://www.youtube.com /watch?v=3fe_UrxuaOA

  14. From Quebec says:

    THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN MKULTRA & MASS MURDER
    A history of CIA mind control and the monsters it creates

    Plus 2 videos in the article:

    https://www.infowars.com/the-relationship-between-mkultra-mass-murder/

  15. When Will It End says:

    I later found these lists using a different search string and using a private search engine:

    https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2012/12/mass-shootings-mother-jones-full-data/
    http://timelines.latimes.com/deadliest-shooting-rampages/

    Can’t vouch for their accuracy, but it’s a start.

  16. maidinamerica says:

    Thanks everyone for helping make sense of this Brave New World, also noted in Jon’s other article. It is heart wrenching and maddening to know that Americans have allowed this coup and debauching of our children to take place. Is this or some other grave injustice what happened to the elite and our mob rulers in their dysfunctional families so that they feel no-one deserves to have a happy and carefree childhood? https://leviquackenboss.wordpress.com/2018/02/22/vaccination-is-now-the-root-cause-of-mass-violence-realdonaltrump/#comments. This article addresses a large portion of what I believe has taken place – and that the toxic metals began this whole downward escalation into disabled health. We know that the metals from vaccines, along with an egregious assortment of animal-human DNA, and other attenuating substances and adjuvants, and “viruses” wrecks the brain and the gut. (For example the measles part of the MMR can ruin the gut, probably far worse than getting the worse case of measles in real life). And then your gut can’t make the serotonin that everyone needs to function, not to mention Mal-absorption of good nutrition and just causing good old-fashioned brain-damage. These problems have so many tentacles I don’t think we can ever get to the bottom of it all except by kicking these mad-scientists out of their labs for good. Health insurance seems to know not when to say no more! We’ll all be bankrupted with such escalating costs that have to finance the increasing vaccine schedule and the humongous damages we need to repair. So we have the dysfunctional child which is bankrupting the education system-forget paying the teachers for their time or even considering a raise in salary. Then no-one wants to consider MRC-5(aborted baby boy) or WI-38(aborted baby girl) in the vaccines and if that could be doing anything to disrupt hormones and mental stability and more and more vaccines are “requiring” aborted babies in their toxic brews. You get the trannys from your other current article and they’ll all be infertile and so our health insurance will be financing mental health care and making their test-tube AI-babies or what ever they’ll be calling them. It’s a horrendous nightmare and violation of innocence.

  17. politically correct politician says:

    benzodiazepines started all this and something bizarre is happening in the atmosphere that sets these psychopaths off on their rampages,

  18. Monjican says:

    Reblogged this on Awaken Lifeform and commented:
    Diazepine – the one ring to rule em all.

  19. WishICouldBackToSleep says:

    Greetings Jon,

    This is the first time I have ever commented on an article. I don’t always agree with your conclusions, but still find you worth reading. Where I most certainly agree with you is the evil hold that Big Pharma has on an ever increasing number of our fellow citizens. Sadly, you are about the only reputable reporter I have read who actually investigates and routinely exposes this industry. Unlike some of your readers, I’m not completely against the medical industry, as I’m alive due to several surgeries in my youth, but I’m absolutely appalled by the cavalier manner in which powerful psychiatric drugs are handed to our youth like candy.

    In summary, I mainly read your site for coverage regarding Big Pharma and media complicity as psychiatric drugs are never covered by more mainstream news sources.

    I graduated high school the same year that Columbine happened – 1999. Before that shooting, these events were incredibly rare, if they even happened at all. So what’s changed in 19 years that these horrific events have become routine? That’s the fundamental question. Guns have been readily available in this country for decades, yet our teens were’t slaughtering each other with them 30 years ago. We’ve always had violent movies. Some people try to blame violent video games, but studies haven’t shown any connection (though we do lack long-term studies).

    What has increased dramatically the past 20 years is the number of youth being administered psychiatric drugs. I have 2 family members who have severe mental illness to the point where they cannot readily function in society on a daily basis. These people do need help, though I’m still not convinced that zombie-like drugs are the answer. But I also know many people taking all manners of benzodiazepines and other equally powerful drugs for milder cases of anxiety and depression. I’ve personally suffered from bouts of anxiety and panic attacks in my mid twenties, so I’m not trying to minimize how terrible these issues can be, but I think many cases can be dealt with through cognitive behavior, dietary changes, as well as exercise. This has been scientifically proven if one cares to to do the independent research.

    Like other posters here, I believe we need a comprehensive study or review about the number of these mass shooters who were taking prescribed medications when they committed their crimes. As a society, it is urgent that we discover if there is a provable link and then act accordingly.

    Thanks Jon for posting this article. These days most reporters and news outlets would be too terrified to confront Big Pharma.

    • Sue says:

      There is a correlation between vaccines and the amount of depression and suicides amongst our teens. Look at the meds used for depression in the kids shooting , killing and committing suicide .

      I’m just throwing it out there. Something is up. Take a look.

      Eric Harris age 17 (first on Zoloft then Luvox) and Dylan Klebold aged 18 (Columbine school shooting in Littleton, Colorado), killed 12 students and 1 teacher, and wounded 23 others, before killing themselves. Klebold’s medical records have never been made available to the public.

      Jeff Weise, age 16, had been prescribed 60 mg/day of Prozac (three times the average starting dose for adults!) when he shot his grandfather, his grandfather’s girlfriend and many fellow students at Red Lake, Minnesota. He then shot himself. 10 dead, 12 wounded.

      Cory Baadsgaard, age 16, Wahluke (Washington state) High School, was on Paxil (which caused him to have hallucinations) when he took a rifle to his high school and held 23 classmates hostage. He has no memory of the event.

      Chris Fetters, age 13, killed his favorite aunt while taking Prozac.

      Christopher Pittman, age 12, murdered both his grandparents while taking Zoloft.

      Mathew Miller, age 13, hung himself in his bedroom closet after taking Zoloft for 6 days.

      Kip Kinkel, age 15, (on Prozac and Ritalin) shot his parents while they slept then went to school and opened fire killing 2 classmates and injuring 22 shortly after beginning Prozac treatment.

      Luke Woodham, age 16 (Prozac) killed his mother and then killed two students, wounding six others.

      A boy in Pocatello, ID (Zoloft) in 1998 had a Zoloft-induced seizure that caused an armed stand off at his school.

      Michael Carneal (Ritalin), age 14, opened fire on students at a high school prayer meeting in West Paducah, Kentucky. Three teenagers were killed, five others were wounded..

      A young man in Huntsville, Alabama (Ritalin) went psychotic chopping up his parents with an ax and also killing one sibling and almost murdering another.

      Andrew Golden, age 11, (Ritalin) and Mitchell Johnson, aged 14, (Ritalin) shot 15 people, killing four students, one teacher, and wounding 10 others.

      TJ Solomon, age 15, (Ritalin) high school student in Conyers, Georgia opened fire on and wounded six of his class mates.

      Rod Mathews, age 14, (Ritalin) beat a classmate to death with a bat.

      James Wilson, age 19, (various psychiatric drugs) from Breenwood, South Carolina, took a .22 caliber revolver into an elementary school killing two young girls, and wounding seven other children and two teachers.

      Elizabeth Bush, age 13, (Paxil) was responsible for a school shooting in Pennsylvania

      Jason Hoffman (Effexor and Celexa) – school shooting in El Cajon, California

      Jarred Viktor, age 15, (Paxil), after five days on Paxil he stabbed his grandmother 61 times.

      Chris Shanahan, age 15 (Paxil) in Rigby, ID who out of the blue killed a woman.

      Jeff Franklin (Prozac and Ritalin), Huntsville, AL, killed his parents as they came home from work using a sledge hammer, hatchet, butcher knife and mechanic’s file, then attacked his younger brothers and sister.

      Neal Furrow (Prozac) in LA Jewish school shooting reported to have been court-ordered to be on Prozac along with several other medications.

      Kevin Rider, age 14, was withdrawing from Prozac when he died from a gunshot wound to his head. Initially it was ruled a suicide, but two years later, the investigation into his death was opened as a possible homicide. The prime suspect, also age 14, had been taking Zoloft and other SSRI antidepressants.

      Alex Kim, age 13, hung himself shortly after his Lexapro prescription had been doubled.

      Diane Routhier was prescribed Welbutrin for gallstone problems. Six days later, after suffering many adverse effects of the drug, she shot herself.

      Billy Willkomm, an accomplished wrestler and a University of Florida student, was prescribed Prozac at the age of 17. His family found him dead of suicide – hanging from a tall ladder at the family’s Gulf Shore Boulevard home in July 2002.

      Kara Jaye Anne Fuller-Otter, age 12, was on Paxil when she hung herself from a hook in her closet. Kara’s parents said “…. the damn doctor wouldn’t take her off it and I asked him to when we went in on the second visit. I told him I thought she was having some sort of reaction to Paxil…”)

      Gareth Christian, Vancouver, age 18, was on Paxil when he committed suicide in 2002,
      (Gareth’s father could not accept his son’s death and killed himself.)

      Julie Woodward, age 17, was on Zoloft when she hung herself in her family’s detached garage.

      Matthew Miller was 13 when he saw a psychiatrist because he was having difficulty at school. The psychiatrist gave him samples of Zoloft. Seven days later his mother found him dead, hanging by a belt from a laundry hook in his closet.

      Kurt Danysh, age 18, and on Prozac, killed his father with a shotgun. He is now behind prison bars, and writes letters, trying to warn the world that SSRI drugs can kill.

      A boy from Houston, age 10, shot and killed his father after his Prozac dosage was increased.

      Hammad Memon, age 15, shot and killed a fellow middle school student. He had been diagnosed with ADHD and depression and was taking Zoloft and “other drugs for the conditions.”

      Matti Saari, a 22-year-old culinary student, shot and killed 9 students and a teacher, and wounded another student, before killing himself. Saari was taking an SSRI and a benzodiazapine.

      Steven Kazmierczak, age 27, shot and killed five people and wounded 21 others before killing himself in a Northern Illinois University auditorium. According to his girlfriend, he had recently been taking Prozac, Xanax and Ambien. Toxicology results showed that he still had trace amounts of Xanax in his system.

      Finnish gunman Pekka-Eric Auvinen, age 18, had been taking antidepressants before he killed eight people and wounded a dozen more at Jokela High School – then he committed suicide.

      Asa Coon from Cleveland, age 14, shot and wounded four before taking his own life. Court records show Coon was on Trazodone.

      Jon Romano, age 16, on medication for depression, fired a shotgun at a teacher in his New York high school.

      • WishICouldBackToSleep says:

        Sue,

        Thanks for posting these names and crimes, no matter how horrific. Now I can further research these cases on an individual basis. It is absolutely criminal how much of these powerful drugs are being prescribed to teenagers.

        As Jon has repeatedly pointed out – follow the money. Big Pharma accounts for huge sums of advertising for networks and newspapers and websites.

  20. Ben Cates says:

    US Gun industry is worth $35 Billion per year

    US Pharma industry is worth $450 Billion per year!!

    Any surprise why the media pushes gun control and not pharma control?

  21. toejamicus says:

    When are these psych doctors who hand out these drugs like its candy going to be indicted for accessories to murder?

  22. samcomparone says:

    Awesome piece! I cannot wait to read more! I just wrote an article regarding addiction if you were interested!

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