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How Antipsychotics, Mood Stabilizers Elevate Violent Crime Rates

How Antipsychotics, Mood Stabilizers Elevate Violent Crime Rates

Susanne Posel ,Chief Editor Occupy Corporatism | The US Independent

May 9, 2014

According to researchers from Oxford University, people who are on antipsychotics drugs are “less likely to commit a violent crime” when compared to individuals not on such pharmaceuticals.

Seena Fazel, lead author of the study , analyzed data in mood stabilizing drugs and concluded that those who suffer from a bipolar disorder and are medicated, are less likely to “engage in violent crimes”.

The team looked at 80,000 patient’s records from 2006 to 2009 that were prescribed an antipsychotic drug.

Researchers claim that there was a noticeable drop in violent incidents by 45%; and further stated that if those patients were taken off the pharmaceuticals, they would be at risk for committing violent acts.

Fazel stated: “Patients with psychiatric disorders are at risk of perpetrating violent acts, as well as being victims. Until now, we have not known whether antipsychotics and mood stabilizers reduce risks of violence. By comparing the same people when they are on medication compared to when they are not, our study provides evidence of potentially substantial reductions in risk of violence, and suggests that violence is to a large extent preventable in patients with psychiatric disorders.”

In contrary to this Oxford study, large amounts of research have concluded that antipsychotics, antidepressants and mood stabilizers are not only dangerous to the individual taking them, but threaten the safety of the general public at large.

Last month, the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and Gillings School of Global Health (GSGH) published a study that found “children and young adults initiating therapy with antidepressants at high-therapeutic (rather than modal-therapeutic) doses seem to be at heightened risk of deliberate self-harm.”

The research was conducted on Celexa, Zoloft and Prozac.

In their conclusion, the researchers warned that their “findings offer clinicians an additional incentive to avoid initiating pharmacotherapy at high-therapeutic doses and to closely monitor patients starting antidepressants, especially youth, for several months.”

In patients younger than 24, it was shown that 18% were prescribed higher initial doses of anti-depressants which is in violation of “current medical guidelines”.

Indeed, this study showed that “suicidal behavior is twice as likely when children and young adults are randomized to antidepressants compared with when they are randomized to placebo.”

The study revealed that the risk of suicide was greatest within the first 3 months of treatment.

The International Society for Ethical Psychology and Psychiatry (ISEPP) released a statement after the Sandy Hook shooting wherein they called “for an inquiry into the connection between these acts of mass murder and the use of psychotropic drugs.”

In their press release, the ISEPP pointed out that:

James Holmes the Colorado batman shooter, had taken 100 milligrams of Vicodin immediately before he shot up the movie theater
Christopher Pittman was on antidepressants when he killed his grandparents
Eric Harris , one of the gunmen in the Columbine school shooting, was taking Luvox and Dylan Klebold, his partner, had taken Zoloft and Paxil
Doug Williams , who killed five and wounded nine of his fellow Lockheed Martin employees, was on Zoloft and Celexa
Michael McDermott was on three antidepressants when he fired off 37 rounds and killed seven of his fellow employees in the Massachusetts Wakefield massacre
Kip Kinkel was on Prozac when he killed his parents and then killed 2 children and wounded 25 at a nearby school
• In fourteen recent school shoots, the acts were committed by persons taking or withdrawing from psychiatric drugs, resulting in over 100 wounded and 58 killed
• In other school shootings, information about the shooter’s prescription drug use and other medical history were kept from public records

The National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), implemented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) have released a report detailing how an estimated 7.5% of US children ages 6 to 17 are currently prescribed psychotropic mood stabilizers for alleged emotional or behavioral problems.

This translates to 1 in 13 school-aged children in the US are taking at least one major pharmaceutical on the basis that their behavior is not appropriate and necessities medical attention.

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