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Making Little Murderers by Perscription

Making Little Murderers by Perscription

Alan Caruba

Column by Alan Caruba

New Jersey --(Ammoland.com)- If anything good comes from the Newtown massacre, it will be a national discussion of the role of various psychological medications that have been foisted on a generation or two of young Americans in the nation’s schools.

Particularly dangerous have been a group called Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs).

While the White House and other gun-banning groups grab the spotlight by putting the blame on guns, columnist Dr. Jerome R. Corsi recently reported that SSRIs have played a role in “some 90 percent of school shootings over more than a decade…according to British psychiatrist Dr. David Healy, a founder of RxISK.org, an independent website for researching and reporting on prescription drugs.”

A visit to one of Dr. Healey’s websites, ssristories.com, provides more than 4,800 news stories involving some level of violence in which antidepressants are mentioned.

SSRIs include Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, Celexa, Lexapro, and Luvox. Others include Remeron, Anafranil, Effexor, Cymbalta, and Pristiq, as well as the dopamine reuptake inhibitor antidepressant Wellbutrin, marketed as Zyban.

If you listen closely to television ads for medications to stop smoking and address other problems, you will hear warnings about the way they can cause serious mental disabilities.

In a recent article on CanadaFreePress.com,Tom DeWeese, the president of the American Policy Center, a grassroots activist think tank, he said that “Today more than 7,000,000 children have been labeled, tamped and registered as permanent patients of the school system; 10 to 12 percent of all boys between the ages of 6 and 14 in the United States have been diagnosed as having ADD (Attention deficit disorder). One in every 30 Americans between the ages of 5 and 19 years old has a prescription for Ritalin.” The corollary diagnosis is ADHD, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Think of it is millions of tiny time bombs in the schools and banning certain kinds of guns or limiting how many bullets can be in a clip has nothing to do with the mental illness that causes mass murders.

For a decade I was the communications director for the American Policy Center and was appalled to learn how the nation’s educational system had been altered from schools that concentrated on academics to schools whose purpose was behavior modification. In 1965, the passage of the Elementary and Secondary Act opened the doors to a legion of psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and “the psychiatric programs and testing needed to validate them.”

DeWeese reported that “To date, there has never been issued a single peer-reviewed scientific paper officially claiming to prove ADD/ADHD exists.”

Columnist Ann Coulter characterized the latest Second Amendment debate, noting that “Consequently, whenever a psychopath with a million gigantic warning signs commits a shocking murder, the knee-jerk reaction is to place yet more controls on guns. By now, guns are the most heavily regulated product in America.”

The gun debate, however, serves to obfuscate the true cause of a rash of murders in America —some of which have been spectacular mass murders such as in Newtown, in the Colorado movie theatre, and on college campuses— the thriving industry of antidepressant medications.

As Dr. Healey points out on his website, “Antidepressants have been recognized as potential inducers of mania and psychosis since their introduction in the 1950s. Since the introduction of Prozac in December 1987, there has been a massive increase in the number of people taking antidepressants.”

By way of grasping how widespread they are, Dr. Healy notes that “Before the introduction of Prozac, less than one percent of the population of the U.S. was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, also known as manic depression.” That number has risen to 4.4 percent, almost one out of every twenty-three people in the U.S.

Dr. Healey’s index of more than one hundred categories lists the top thirteen as including school shootings and incidents, women teacher molestations, murder-suicides, and even road rage cases.

The collection of 4,800 media reports include a lot of school-related incidents such as one in March 2011 in Charleston, South Carolina, in which a student shot and wounded a member of the staff when his plot to blow up the school with homemade bombs was discovered. In February 2010, a student at the Discovery Middle School in Huntsville, Alabama, killed a fellow student. In November 1999, Kip Kinkel was sentenced for killing two students at his high school in Eugene, Oregon. Now, multiply this with the many other comparable incidents and you have a problem related to psychological drugs that is not getting the attention it should.

The killer at Sandy Hook elementary school allegedly was prescribed Fanapt, one of many such drugs that, instead of inhibiting psychosis and aggressive behavior, tends to initiate it. The psychological side-effects of Fanapt were known to include restlessness, aggression, and delusions along with hostility, mood swings, and panic attack, as well as other behaviors that signal serious problems. Why it is still available is a question, given that its first producer dropped it, was picked up by another, initially rejected by the FDA, then later picked up and mass produced. Its adverse side-effect was said to be “infrequent.”

It’s not the eighty million gun owners in America that are a danger. It’s the legion of “educational psychologists” in our nation’s schools that routinely diagnose ordinary behavior such as a lack of attention or restlessness as psychological disorders and prescribe from a laundry list of medications in order to keep our nation’s classrooms filled with docile, drugged students, some of whom will end up killing their schoolmates, teachers and staff.

When you fill our highly regimented government schools with students who find the curriculum boring or who display the usual energy of youth and then identify them as suffering from non-existent psychological disorders, you get events like the Newtown massacre. There will be more to come.

c Alan Caruba

About:
Alan Caruba’s commentaries are posted daily at “Warning Signs” his popular blog and thereafter on dozens of other websites and blogs. If you love to read, visit his monthly report on new books at Bookviews.

  • 12 User comments to “Making Little Murderers by Prescription”

    1. I was disappointed to find Mr. Caruba’s commentary among the pro-gun and pro-liberty articles on this site. Mr. Caruba’s opinions are uninformed and irresponsible. They differ little from the gun control crowd’s opinion pieces in this regard. Would Mr. Caruba have the tens of millions of everyday Americans who take anti-depressants deprived of their fundamental right to keep and bear arms despite them posing no likelihood of danger to themselves or others? Moreover, it is irresponsible to compare SSRIs and the disorders they are used to treat (such as depression and anxiety) to and a powerful anti-psychotic like Fanapt and the disorders it is used to treat (like schizophrenia). If Mr. Caruba wishes to speak on this issue, he needs to rely on more than junk science, conspiracy theorists, and talking heads.

    2. ^^^^ what Eric says is accurate and well presented. “Junk” reporting.

    3. Danny Bowers on January 24, 2013 at 1:15 PM said:

      I wish some editor would do a better job of editing. It is zoloft, not zoloff. Did Kinkel kill “to students” or “two students”? Having worked in mental health for almost 30 years, there is truth in what was written. Unfortunately, many will disregard the article because of mistakes, such as those listed above.

    4. The evidence linking SSRI’s to mass shootings isn’t of Mr Caruba’s making & it there for anyone to see.
      Fanapt plays no part in this.
      I’m not surprised that nothing is done to address this link, as the major pharmaceutical companies have $billions at stake & they make large donations to people who can ensure there is no debate on the matter.
      The whole medical-industrial complex has a stake in ensuring these highly profitable drugs continue to be prescribed.

    5. Ammoland on January 24, 2013 at 4:07 PM said:

      @Danny; Fixed thanks for having our back…

    6. The over prescribing of these psycho-drugs play right into our enemies hands.More of our people become weaker and think they have to “have something”.Im just glad my dad used to make me go running as a kid and am so thankfull for the “mentoring”I received as a US Marine.

    7. Mr. Caruba is right but he didn’t say that we have 7 million children that are going to be murderers, he related the ‘fact’ that we are increasing the odds of individuals that aren’t served by these SSRI’s and have negative reactions to the drugs that have led to many of these tragic shootings. The drugs ‘alter’ the mind and body and yet the target becomes guns? It makes no sense. Many prescription drugs come with a myriad of ‘warnings’ including the standard do not operate machinery, etc. due to its influence. Can we not also assume that if it inhibits our metabolism from proper responses in that way it can’t give an exponential rise in dangerous behaviors? That is part of the problem. How many of these children or adults for that matter really need drugs or could they be treated nutritionally instead? Our bodies assimilate natural foods far superior to man-made, gmo or processed foods or drugs. Today’s diets are highly processed and we have a greater incidence of allergies like never before. I’m not saying some individuals aren’t helped by some anti-depressants but it seems we’re placing too much ‘faith’ in them rather than alternatives because we have to be good little people for the state and abide by their wishes because they know better. Therein lies another big problem, personal responsibility or the lack thereof.

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    12. Gun Control Push Causing Mass Awakening Among Conservatives About Psychiatric Drugs - Truth Broadcast Network on February 12, 2013 at 4:29 PM said:

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