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Monday, January 14, 2013 by: Peter Breggin
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pharmaceuticals12(NaturalNews) For the first time ever, and for a brief moment in time,
two knowledgeable and highly credentialed public figures have
commented on the fact that psychiatric medications cause violence and
must be considered suspect in the case of the Newtown shooter. But
then, as if it never happened, and as if psychiatric drugs could not
possibly be implicated in violence, the issue was dropped by the

Fortunately I happened to be watching television on both CNN and Fox
Cable News shortly after the Newton tragedy and I have put the TV
clips onto YouTube.

The most striking commentary came from Sanjay Gupta, neurosurgeon and
famous chief medical correspondent on CNN. On December 18, 2012 at
approximately 5:25 p.m. on CNN, he offered the following remarks:

We still don't know much about the shooter who lived in this home. But
there is something else to consider: What medications if any he was
on? I'm specifically talking about antidepressants. If you look at the
studies of other shootings like this that have happened, medications
like this were a common factor. Now I want to be clear I'm not saying
that antidepressants can't be effective. But people seem to agree that
there is a vulnerable time. When someone starts these medications and
when someone stops could lead to increased impulsivity and decreased
judgment, and making someone out of touch. None of this is an excuse
and it's never just one thing. None of these behaviors will fully
predict or explain why. But soon again there will be hindsight that
might just help prevent another tragedy. It's worth pointing out over
a seven-year period there were 11,000 episodes of violence related to
drug (  side effects. If there
was a death
involved, often it was the individual of himself or herself, a suicide.

Gupta doesn't say where he got the figure of 11,000 drug-induced cases
of violence. However, that exact unconfirmed estimate has circulated
on the Internet in regard to violence reports to the FDA.

There is very convincing evidence
 of violence induced by psychiatric drugs in a scientific review of
all reports of violence and homicidal ideation made to the FDA over a
69 month period. Less extreme behaviors, such as "Aggression,
Belligerence and Hostility," were excluded. Among 454 prescription
drugs ( , 31 drugs had a
disproportional rate of reported violence or homicidal threats for a
total of 1527 reports. Two-thirds of drugs had no reports of violence.
The drugs that most clearly cause violence included varenicline
(Chantix, a smoking cessation aid), 11 antidepressant drugs, 3 drugs
for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and 5 hypnotic/sedatives
(sleep aids and tranquilizers). Thus, all but one of the top offenders
were psychiatric drugs
( . Antidepressants
as a group were 8.4 times more likely
than other prescription drugs to be associated with violence. This
study should end the controversy. Psychiatric drugs do cause violence.
As the researchers concluded:

Acts of violence (  toward
others are a genuine and serious adverse drug event associated with a
relatively small number of drugs.

On Sunday December 16, 2012 on the Fox News Channel, former Secretary
of Homeland Security Tom Ridge was interviewed by Shannon Bream
( . Ridge was also on the
Virginia Tech Review Panel
( .
His roles as Homeland Security boss and Virginia Tech Review Panel
member put him into a knowledgeable position. In discussing flawed
efforts to intervene in the lives of potentially violent youth, Ridge

Or we put them on severe medications. One of the students in the
Columbine shooting was on severe medication
(  and apparently there's
analysis that it probably even contributed to his destructive
aggressive behavior.

Combined with Sanjay Gupta's remarks, these observations by former
Secretary of Homeland Defense Tom Ridge should elevate psychiatric
drug-induced violence to a new level in public discourse.

Ridge's characterization of the medication prescribed to Eric Harris
as "severe" was incorrect. Harris was prescribed routine
antidepressant treatment. As a medical expert in cases surrounding
Eric Harris and the Columbine shootings, I obtained the drug company's
official report to the FDA
 on March 17, 1999 confirming that one of the two shooters (Harris)
had a "therapeutic blood level" of the antidepressant Luvox
(fluvoxamine) in his system. Luvox is similar to other well-known
antidepressants, including Prozac (fluoxetine), Paxil (paroxetine) and
Zoloft (sertraline) in its effects.

As a medical expert, I also had access to medical records and can
confirm from these unpublished documents that Eric Harris was taking
Luvox regularly for one year leading up to the shootings. The dose was
increased 200 mg per day on February 9, 2009, two and one-half months
prior to the April 20th assaults. He saw his doctor and his
prescription was renewed on March 13, 2009. At that time, the medical
record described him as suffering from medication-induced tremors,
indicating a degree of toxicity.

I first began writing about the risks of violence associated with
antidepressants in the early 1990s in Talking Back to Prozac
 (coauthored by Ginger Breggin). I specifically addressed Eric Harris'
use of Luvox in my book, Reclaiming Our Children: A Healing Solution
for a Nation in Crisis
 (2000). I also about Eric Harris and Luvox-induced violence in a
peer-reviewed scientific article titled "Fluvoxamine as a cause of
stimulation, mania and aggression with a critical analysis of the
FDA-approved label" (2001).

With the exception of the disclosure of Eric Harris' toxicology
report, it has been very difficult to obtain exact information about
the psychiatric drug exposure of previous mass murders. For example,
James Holmes, the Aurora, Colorado shooter was in treatment
 with psychiatrist Lynne Fenton in the months before he assaulted
people in a movie theater. He mailed a box of materials to her shortly
before committing the violence. A court hearing recently revealed
 that four prescription bottles had been removed from his home. Yet to
this day information has been withheld about what psychiatric
medications he was almost surely taking.

Similarly, there are unconfirmed reports
 that Newtown mass murderer Adam Lanza was taking psychiatric drugs.
According to the Washington Post
, he was, "A really rambunctious kid, as one former neighbor in
Newtown, Conn., recalled him, adding that he was on medication." Yet
no information has been released concerning his medication use.

Psychiatric drugs, including antidepressants, stimulants and
tranquilizing sedatives, can cause violence. It is imperative to find
out what, if any, psychiatric drugs were being taken by twenty-year
old Adam Lanza in the Newtown elementary school massacre.

Peter R. Breggin, MD is a psychiatrist in private practice in Ithaca,
New York, and the author of more than forty scientific articles and
twenty books, two of which are very relevant to current events in
regard to medication-induced violence. In Medication Madness
 (2008) Dr. Breggin examines fifty cases of medication-induced
violence, mayhem and suicide. His latest book is Psychiatric Drug
Withdrawal: A Guidebook for Prescribers, Therapists, Patients and
Their Families (
. It presents reasons to withdraw from psychiatric drugs and describe
a safe and effective patient-centered approach. Dr. Breggin's website
is (

About the author:
Peter R. Breggin, MD is a psychiatrist in private practice in Ithaca,
New York. Dr. Breggin criticizes contemporary psychiatric reliance on
diagnoses and drugs, and promotes empathic therapeutic relationships.
He has been called "the Conscience of Psychiatry." See his website at (