Assistant Attorney General: Identifying antidepressants Lanza was taking could “cause a lot of people to stop taking their medications”
Paul Joseph Watson
September 24, 2013
The State of Connecticut is refusing to release Sandy Hook gunman Adam Lanza’s medical records over fears that divulging the identity of the antidepressants he was taking would, “cause a lot of people to stop taking their medications,” according to Assistant Attorney General Patrick B. Kwanashie.
The comments were made during a recent Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) hearing regarding the release of Lanza’s toxicology report.
The parents organization AbleChild.org is attempting to secure the release of the information after Connecticut Medical Examiner H. Wayne Carver, M.D. denied the request.
“What plagues this investigation is that some are simply fixated on having it remain secret in spite of the urgency of transparency that is clearly needed to protect the public,” said Patricia Weathers, co-founder of AbleChild “It is alarming that here we are very close to a year later and the public still remains in the dark, records are still sealed, and the State is now saying that it is opposing a release of the records because those records “can cause a lot of people to stop taking their medications.”
AbleChild has filed an appeal with the State’s Freedom of Information Commission (FOIC) for the release of the records and is willing to take the matter to the Supreme Court if necessary.
“If there is nothing to hide then disclose, especially if this information has the potential for reevaluating the use of certain psychiatric drugs that evidence shows are contributing to the rapidly growing acts of violence in this country in recent years,” added Weathers. Our organization thinks that both the Medical Examiner’s office and State’s actions are unacceptable and reprehensible because in actuality they place the public at risk.”
Despite the fact that the search warrant pertaining to Lanza’s residence made reference to “prescriptions,” no information has been released on the identity of the medication Lanza was taking. It is known that Lanza suffered from Asperger syndrome, which is commonly treated with Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), psychotropic drugs that have been linked with violent outbursts.
Louise Tambascio, a family friend of the shooter and his mother, also told 60 Minutes, “I know he was on medication and everything….I knew he was on medication, but that’s all I know.”
Adam Lanza fatally shot 20 children and six adult staff members during the rampage last December in Newtown, which was the second deadliest mass shooting by a single person in American history.
As we have repeatedly documented, psychiatric drugs have been a common theme in hundreds of murders and mass shootings over the last three decades.
The most recent example, Navy Yard gunman Aaron Alexis, was taking the anti-depressant drug Trazodone, which has been linked to numerous murders and a mass shooting at a beauty parlor in 2011.
Despite it being reported that prescription drugs were found in the apartment of ‘Batman’ shooter James Holmes days after the Aurora massacre, it took nine months to find out exactly what those drugs were. Like Columbine killer Eric Harris, Holmes had been taking Zoloft, another SSRI drug linked with violent outbursts.
The SSRI Stories website has documented countless examples of school shootings, suicides, violent outbursts and murders linked to psychiatric drugs.
However, in the aftermath of such incidents, the mainstream media almost always fails to pursue any connection to antidepressants and instead obsesses about gun control, despite the fact that gun homicides have dropped by 49% since 1993.