Are commonly prescribed drugs behind some mass shootings? Perhaps more so, is “a” commonly prescribed drug class behind them, inquiring minds want to know.
Some SSRIs (Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) bear a black box warning. That’s a highlighted warning section at the beginning of the Drug’s monograph (technical info) warning of the possibility of the patient developing suicidal ideation. But when one has gone that far, suicide plans, implicitly homicidal tendencies must be be a corollary.
Here’s a “Black Box Warning”. By the way, it’s at the beginning of the “Professional” Drug monograph for the drug *******. Well, the name isn’t important, it’s at the beginning of various antidepressant drug monographs designed for professional use. And it was in a box, a prominent box, but not black, but it’s the thought that counts.
Suicidality and Antidepressant Drugs
Antidepressants increased the risk compared to placebo of suicidal thinking and behavior (suicidality) in children, adolescents, and young adults in short-term studies of major depressive disorder (MDD) and other psychiatric disorders. Anyone considering the use of ******* or any other antidepressant in a child, adolescent, or young adult must balance this risk with the clinical need. Short-term studies did not show an increase in the risk of suicidality with antidepressants compared to placebo in adults beyond age 24; there was a reduction in risk with antidepressants compared to placebo in adults aged 65 and older. Depression and certain other psychiatric disorders are themselves associated with increases in the risk of suicide. Patients of all ages who are started on antidepressant therapy should be monitored appropriately and observed closely for clinical worsening, suicidality, or unusual changes in behavior. Families and caregivers should be advised of the need for close observation and communication with the prescriber. ******* is not approved for use in pediatric patients. (See WARNINGS: Clinical Worsening and Suicide Risk, PRECAUTIONS: Information for Patients, and PRECAUTIONS: Pediatric Use)
On the same website, the consumer drug info for ******* had this in a paragraph near the beginning, but not in a box:
……Some young people have thoughts about suicide when first taking an antidepressant. Stay alert to changes in your mood or symptoms. Report any new or worsening symptoms to your doctor.
Report any new or worsening symptoms to your doctor, such as: mood or behavior changes, anxiety, panic attacks, trouble sleeping, or if you feel impulsive, irritable, agitated, hostile, aggressive, restless, hyperactive (mentally or physically), more depressed, or have thoughts about suicide or hurting yourself.
Do not give ******* to anyone younger than 18 years old without the advice of a doctor. This medicine is not approved for use in children.
Notice the obsession with “suicide”, but no mention of homicide? Hmmm, many of these mass shooters know they’ll die in their efforts, is that not suicide? Isn’t it remiss to ignore homicide potentials?
One thing most don’t understand is that SSRIs are not supplying serotonin. If they were, once you take one pill, your depression would be relieved, at least temporarily. It takes several weeks for antidepressants to work. If you take a tranquilizer, you get immediate effects.
The reason is that antidepressants effect brain plasticity (Neuroplasticity). The brain is structurally altered taking the medication, and I believe this brings the dangerous and self destructive changes (when they occur), coupled with an immersion in entertainment violence that most kids see incessantly. The drug monograph correctly points out that severely depressed people tend to be destructive, so it’s possible the drug is reducing violence in some while increasing it in others. But are children and adolescents severely enough depressed to warrant the medication, and why is it more prone to cause these destructive behaviors in those under 24?
Here’s more on the concept.
Oh, and media violence, read this:
Yet another tragic shooting with the communist democrats apparently behind the drive to ban guns. CNN (Fake News) and MSNBC focuses attention on these shootings, something must be done to stop them, but they ignore the ludicrous numbers of kids being killed in cities controlled by democrats. Go figure.
The media is doing this to alienate Trump from his base, and he took it hook, line, and sinker. Lets change gun laws, Trump directs, let’s ban stuff that was legal under obama, despite the school shootings that occurred during obama’s administration. Let’s raise the age to buy these guns, but let young men and women in the military and let them handle and use the fully automatic versions at ages younger than they can buy.
Oh, and let’s not consider entertainment violence, lets not consider over prescribed and under monitored drugs. Yes indeed, again it was the gun’s fault, not the FBI that failed the victims and families in Florida. For gawds sake, they are obsessed with destroying Trump, and if you dig deeper, purportedly they were the first responders to the shooting, and the secret service mysteriously visited weeks before.
It was the gun’s fault. Not really, it was our fault for believing Trump that “our guns are safe under him”. He’s inadvertently put in motion laws that will crop up at state levels. If our 2nd Amendment rights are held hostage by a few lunatics, they were never rights at all.