January 10, 2013
“America’s number one cause of unnatural death now is suicide…I want to get people off pills that the insert says will make you commit suicide and kill people. I want to blame the real culprit — suicide pills! Mass murder pills!” — Alex Jones on Piers Morgan Tonight
Following his debate with CNN’s Piers Morgan this week, Alex Jones became the number one trend on Twitter. The quote above was seized upon and retweeted by many insinuating that Alex is “crazy” for referring to prescription antidepressants and other psychotropic medications as “suicide pills” and “mass murder pills.”
CNN even mocked the line in an article the outlet posted yesterday.
But can Alex’s comment be so easily dismissed?
Americans consume more psychotropic drugs than any other country in the world.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), prescriptions for antidepressants had risen in this country by 400 percent since 1988. New research was based on old research which showed that 11 percent of Americans over the age of 12 take antidepressants, otherwise known as Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs). Antidepressants were ranked the number one most common prescription for all adults age 18-44, and 60 percent of Americans who take SSRIs stay on them for more than two years. At the start of the decade, the fasting growing class of antidepressant users was preschoolers.
Antidepressants and other psychotropics are prescribed “on-label” — or uses approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) — for psychiatric issues such as depression, anxiety and personality disorders (“off-label” use for issues like hyperactivity and sexual disorders is obviously not regulated). Side effects of these drugs can include confusion, hallucinations, anxiety, agitation, mood swings, impulse-control disorder, paranoia, psychosis and hostility.
A Canadian judge even ruled that SSRIs can cause children to commit murder when he found that Prozac was largely responsible for a 15-year-old stabbing one of his closest friends.
Dr. Moira Dolan, an internal medicine physician with the Medical Accountability Network, discusses the connection between antidepressant medications, violence, suicide and homicide in the video below:
Another well-established side effect of antidepressants is suicide.
This has become such a well-known fact that in 2007 the FDA voted to update the required “black box warning” on all prescription antidepressants “to include warnings about increased risks of suicidal thinking and behavior, known as suicidality, in young adults ages 18 to 24 during initial treatment.”
According to the FDA labeling revisions:
“Pooled analyses of short-term placebo-controlled trials of antidepressant drugs (SSRIs and others) showed that these drugs increase the risk of suicidal thinking and behavior (suicidality) in children, adolescents, and young adults (ages 18-24) with major depressive disorder (MDD) and other psychiatric disorders.”
A black box warning is the most serious warning the FDA can place on a prescription medication.
The FDA has also admitted that adverse reactions to pharmaceuticals kill over 100,000 Americans each year, and in 2009, the LA Times reported drug deaths — primarily due to overdoses on prescription pain and anxiety medications — even outnumbered traffic accidents in the U.S.
Scientific studies abound. The number one cause of death by injury in America is suicide according to one, just as Alex told Piers Morgan. Military use of psychiatric drugs skyrocketed to one in six according to another. Suicide is now officially the number one cause of U.S. active-duty soldier death, with three times as many soldiers dying from suicide since 2001 than have died in the Afghanistan war. This fact prompted veteran and clinical psychologist Bart Billings to ask Congress for long-term studies into a possible connection between the spike in military SSRI prescriptions and troops committing suicide in record numbers.
It should also be noted that Associated Press conducted a five-month investigation and found the drinking water of at least 46 million Americans in 24 major metropolitan areas was already tainted with pharmaceuticals. The report advises, “The federal government does not regulate prescription drugs in the water.” A 2010 study showed that shrimp living in antidepressant-tainted coastal waters were exhibiting suicidal tendencies.
There is no way to even speculate the full psychological effects of these drugs being widespread ingested in unknown amounts by an unknowing population in addition to the prescription drugs many people are already taking.
So is there a link between mass shootings and psychotropic medications?
The website SSRI Stories.com has compiled a horrifically long list of violent episodes including school shootings, murders and suicides, and linked each event to what anti-psychotic medication(s) the perpetrator was on or withdrawing from.
According to a data set of U.S. mass shootings from 1982-2012 prepared by news website Mother Jones, of 62 mass shootings carried out by 64 shooters, the majority of the shooters (41) were noted to have signs of possible mental illness — the precise kinds of mental illnesses that psychotropic medications are prescribed for. Seven more were listed as “unclear” on mental illness status, but many in this group reportedly family members or neighbors who worried about mental health issues.
Infowars reported yesterday that, not only was suspected Aurora mass shooter James Holmes under psychiatric care, but police seized four prescription medication bottles from his home after the shooting. The odds at least one of these drugs was an antidepressant cannot be overlooked.
As David Kupelian reported for WND, there’s a “giant, gaping hole” in the media’s reporting of the Sandy Hook shooting: discussion of mass killers on psychotropics.
“It is simply indisputable that most perpetrators of school shootings and similar mass murders in our modern era were either on – or just recently coming off of – psychiatric medications,” Kupelian wrote.
Newtown school shooting suspect Adam Lanza has also been described as having a “personality disorder” and a “mental illness,” phrases Mike Adams of Natural News points out are typically used to describe people who are prescribed psychotropic drugs.
So it should not surprise anyone that reports surfaced shortly following the Newtown school shooting that Lanza had been taking Fanapt, an anti-psychotic medication that the FDA did not approve at first because among other reasons, rather than inhibit psychotic behavior, the drug was actually found to induce it. (The reference to Fanapt was later withdrawn altogether by the news outlet that first reported it, citing the man who claimed to be Lanza’s uncle and supplied the tip might be an imposter.)
Natural News also reported on the untimely death of prominent gun manufacturer John Noveske on January 4, 2013. Just days before he died in a car wreck, Noveske posted a lengthy list on his Facebook page of over 40 incidents where primarily young people committed mass murder and/or suicide; almost all of them were on psychiatric medications.
Many of the killers Noveske listed were under the age of 24; recall, young people fall in the category of increased risk of antidepressant-induced suicidal tendencies which prompted the FDA to require the updated black box warning.
Noveske’s last post in its entirety is included at the bottom of this article.
Pharmaceutical commercials dominate the airwaves, imploring us that if we are “feeling down” we might have depression and there are a wide array of prescription medications we could all take to help us feel better. The announcers in these commercials urge us to, “Ask your doctor today” if these drugs can help us.
Of the top ten prescription drugs linked to violence toward others, a 2010 study based on FDA adverse reaction data show that five were antidepressants and two were for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
Perhaps we should be asking our pharmaceutical manufacturers and FDA why no long-term independent studies have been done on whether or not these psychiatric medications can influence violent behavior, homicidal tendencies and ultimately, mass murder.
Why is the mainstream media so quick to attack and demonize the Second Amendment and lawful gun owners full-force in the wake of the Newtown school shooting without even discussing the potential role pharmaceuticals play in these kinds of horrific events?
Here is Noveske’s last Facebook post:
“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.
Woody ____, age 37, committed suicide while in his 5th week of taking Zoloft. Shortly before his death his physician suggested doubling the dose of the drug. He had seen his physician only for insomnia. He had never been depressed, nor did he have any history of any mental illness symptoms.
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.
Missing from list… 3 of 4 known to have taken these same meds….
What drugs was Jared Lee Loughner on, age 21…… killed 6 people and injuring 14 others in Tuscon, Az
What drugs was James Eagan Holmes on, age 24….. killed 12 people and injuring 59 others in Aurora Colorado
What drugs was Jacob Tyler Roberts on, age 22, killed 2 injured 1, Clackamas Or
What drugs was Adam Peter Lanza on, age 20, Killed 26 and wounded 2 in Newtown Ct
Roberts is the only one that I haven’t heard about being on drugs of some kind.”