Saturday, 19 April 2014

A Brief History of SSRI Shootings

SSRI stands for Selective Seratonin Reuptake Inhibitor, and it is a class of drugs that is often used to treat depression and anxiety. It includes Prozac, Zoloft, Celexa, Paxil and a host of other commonly prescribed antidepressants. And the perpetrators of a raft of school shootings, mass murders and other violent incidents in recent years have been taking them. Although the drug manufacturers are quick to downplay this connection as anecdotal or coincidental, mounting scientific evidence points to a strong correlation between the use of psychiatric drugs in general, and SSRIs in particular, and violent behaviour.

If only a tiny percentage of people have a violent adverse reaction to their medication, out of a large population on medication, then one would expect some instances of drug induced violence.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, April 19th, 2014.]

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