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60 School Shootings Linked To Psychiatric Drugs Over Past 20 Years

Wednesday, January 2, 2013 20:45
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While in the wake to the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre most of the debate has centered around gun control, perhaps more of the debate should be focused on the mood altering drugs that people are being given as more than 60 school shootings among and more than 4,800 violent attacks have been linked to psychiatric drugs. 

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The website SSRI Stories (http://ssristories.com/) tracks violence related to psychiatric drugs.  The site has links to more than 60 school shooting incidents as well as other violent acts over the past 20 years.  

This website is a collection of 4,800+ news stories with the full media article available, mainly criminal in nature, that have appeared in the media (newspapers, TV, scientific journals)  or that were part of FDA testimony in either 1991, 2004 or 2006, in which antidepressants are mentioned. 

This web site focuses on the Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs), of which Prozac (fluoxetine) was the first.  Other SSRIs are Zoloft (sertraline), Paxil (paroxetine) (known in the UK as Seroxat), Celexa (citalopam),  Lexapro (escitalopram), and Luvox (fluvoxamine).  Other newer antidepressants included in this list are Remeron (mirtazapine), Anafranil (clomipramine) and the SNRIs Effexor (venlafaxine), Cymbalta (duloxetine) and Pristiq (desvenlafaxine) as well as the dopamine reuptake inhibitor antidepressant Wellbutrin (bupropion) (also marketed as Zyban).

Although SSRI Stories only features cases which have appeared in the media, starting March 2012 there will be a Website:  http://www.rxisk.org/ which will allow personal stories to appear in a different Website from SSRI Stories.  This is the work of Dr. David Healy  http://davidhealy.org/welcome-to-data-based-medicine

By clicking on the links, you will be taken to the story.  Here is a snip from the first link: Hours before he walked into a Northern Illinois University lecture hall and inexplicably started a shooting rampage that ended five lives and his own, Steve Kazmierczak called one of the people he was closest to and said what would be a final goodbye. http://ssristories.com/index.php?sort=info&p=

What

Drug

Date        

Where

Additional

School Shooting

Prozac WITHDRAWAL

2008-02-15

Illinois

** 6 Dead: 15 Wounded: Perpetrator Was in Withdrawal from Med & Acting Erratically

School Shooting

Prozac Antidepressant

2005-03-24

Minnesota

**10 Dead: 7 Wounded: Dosage Increased One Week before Rampage

School Shooting

Paxil [Seroxat] Antidepressant

2001-03-10

Pennsylvania

**14 Year Old GIRL Shoots & Wounds Classmate at Catholic School

School Shooting

Zoloft Antidepressant & ADHD Med

2011-07-11

Alabama

**14 Year Old Kills Fellow Middle School Student

School Shooting

Zoloft Antidepressant

1995-10-12

South Carolina

**15 Year Old Shoots Two Teachers, Killing One: Then Kills Himself

School Shooting

Med For Depression

2009-03-13

Germany

**16 Dead Including Shooter: Antidepressant Use: Shooter in Treatment For Depression

School Hostage Situation

Med For Depression

2010-12-15

France

**17 Year Old with Sword Holds 20 Children & Teacher Hostage

School Shooting Plot

Med For Depression WITHDRAWAL

2008-08-28

Texas

**18 Year Old Plots a Columbine School Attack

School Shooting

Anafranil Antidepressant

1988-05-20

Illinois

**29 Year Old WOMAN Kills One Child: Wounds Five: Kills Self

School Shooting

Luvox/Zoloft Antidepressants

1999-04-20

Colorado

**COLUMBINE: 15 Dead: 24 Wounded

School Stabbings

Antidepressants

2001-06-09

Japan

**Eight Dead: 15 Wounded: Assailant Had Taken 10 Times his Normal Dose of Depression Med

School Shooting

Prozac Antidepressant WITHDRAWAL

1998-05-21

Oregon

**Four Dead: Twenty Injured

School Stabbing

Med For Depression

2011-10-25

Washington

**Girl, 15, Stabs Two Girls in School Restroom: 1 Is In Critical Condition

School Shooting

Antidepressant

2006-09-30

Colorado

**Man Assaults Girls: Kills One & Self

School Machete Attack

Med for Depression

2001-09-26

Pennsylvania

**Man Attacks 11 Children & 3 Teachers at Elementary School

School Shooting Related

Luvox

1993-07-23

Florida

**Man Commits Murder During Clinical Trial for Luvox: Same Drug as in COLUMBINE: Never Reported

School Hostage Situation

Cymbalta Antidepressant WITHDRAWAL

2009-11-09

New York

**Man With Gun Inside School Holds Principal Hostage

School Shooting

Antidepressants

1992-09-20

Texas

**Man, Angry Over Daughter’s Report Card, Shoots 14 Rounds inside Elementary School

School Shooting

SSRI

2010-02-19

Finland

**On Sept. 23, 2008 a Finnish Student Shot & Killed 9 Students Before Killing Himself

School Shooting Threat

Med for Depression*

2004-10-19

New Jersey

**Over-Medicated Teen Brings Loaded Handguns to School

School Shooting

Antidepressant?

2007-04-18

Virginia

**Possible SSRI Use: 33 Dead at Virginia Tech

School Shooting

Antidepressant?

2002-01-17

Virginia

**Possible SSRI Withdrawal Mania: 3 Dead at Law School

School Incident/Bizarre

Zoloft*

2010-08-22

Australia

**School Counselor Exhibits Bizarre Behavior: Became Manic On Zoloft

School/Assault

Antidepressant

2009-11-04

California

**School Custodian Assaults Student & Principal: Had Manic Reaction From Depression Med

School Shooting

Prozac Antidepressant

1992-01-30

Michigan

**School Teacher Shoots & Kills His Superintendent at School

School Shooting Threats

Celexa Antidepressant

2010-01-25

Virginia

**Senior in High School Theatens to Kill 4 Classmates: Facebook Involved: Bail Denied

School Violence/Murder

Antidepressants*

1998-05-04

New York

**Sheriff’s Deputy Shoots his Wife in an Elementary School

School Knifing/Murder

Meds For Depression & ADHD

2010-04-28

Massachusetts

**Sixteen Year Old Kills 15 Year Old in High School Bathroom in Sept. 2009

School Stabbing

Wellbutrin

2006-12-04

Indiana

**Stabbing by 17 Year Old At High School: Charged with Attempted Murder

School Threat

Antidepressants

2007-04-23

Mississippi

**Student Arrested for Making School Threat Over Internet

School Suspension

Lexapro Antidepressant

2007-07-28

Arkansas

**Student Has 11 Incidents with Police During his 16 Months on Lexapro

School Shooting

Antidepressant WITHDRAWAL

2007-11-07

Finland

**Student Kills 8: Wounds 10: Kills Self: High School in Finland

School Shooting

Paxil [Seroxat] Antidepressant

2004-02-09

New York

**Student Shoots Teacher in Leg at School

School Threat

Prozac Antidepressant

2008-01-25

Washington

**Student Takes Loaded Shotgun & 3 Rifles to School Parking Lot: Plans Suicide

School Shooting Plot

Med For Depression

1998-12-01

Wisconsin

**Teen Accused of Plotting to Gun Down Students at School

School/Assault

Zoloft Antidepressant

2006-02-15

Tennessee

**Teen Attacks Teacher at School

School Shooting Threat

Antidepressant

1999-04-16

Idaho

**Teen Fires Gun in School

School Hostage Situation

Paxil & Effexor Antidepressants

2001-04-15

Washington

**Teen Holds Classmates Hostage with a Gun

School Hostage Situation

Antidepressant WITHDRAWAL

2006-11-28

North Carolina

**Teen Holds Teacher & Student Hostage with Gun

School Knife Attack

Med for Depression

2006-12-06

Indiana

**Teen Knife Attacks Fellow Student

School Massacre Plot

Prozac Withdrawal

2011-02-23

Virginia

**Teen Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison For Columbine Style Plot

School Shooting

Celexa & Effexor Antidepressants

2001-04-19

California

**Teen Shoots at Classmates in School

School Shooting

Celexa Antidepressant

2006-08-30

North Carolina

**Teen Shoots at Two Students: Kills his Father: Celexa Found Among his Personal Effects

School Shooting

Meds For Depression & ADHD

2011-03-18

South Carolina

**Teen Shoots School Official: Pipe Bombs Found in Backpack

School Shooting Threat

Antidepressant

2003-05-31

Michigan

**Teen Threatens School Shooting: Charge is Terrorism

School Stand-Off

Zoloft Antidepressant

1998-04-13

Idaho

**Teen [14 Years Old] in School Holds Police At Bay: Fires Shots

School Shooting

Antidepressant WITHDRAWAL

2007-10-12

Ohio

**Teen [14 Years Old] School Shooter Possibly on Antidepressants or In Withdrawal

School Threat

Antidepressants

2008-03-20

Indiana

**Teen [16 Years Old] Brings Gun to School: There Is a Lockdown

School Suicide/Lockdown

Med For Depression

2008-02-20

Idaho

**Teen [16 Years Old] Kills Self at High School: Lockdown by Police

School Threats

Prozac Antidepressant

1999-10-19

Florida

**Teen [16 Years Old] Threatens Classmates With Knife & Fake Explosives

School Stabbing

Med For Depression

2008-02-29

Texas

**Teen [17 Year Old GIRL] Stabs Friend & Principal at High School

School Hostage Situation

Prozac/ Paxil Antidepressants

2001-01-18

California

**Teen [17 Years Old] Takes Girl Hostage at School: He is Killed by Police

School Knife Attack

Treatment For Depression & Strattera

2009-03-10

Belgium

**Three Dead in School Day Care: Two Children & a Caregiver: Happened Jan 23, 2009

School Shooting Plot

Antidepressants

2009-09-22

England

**Two English School Boys Plot to Blow Up High School

School Arson Incidents

Paxil

2002-04-12

Michigan

**Unusual Personality Change on Paxil Caused 15 Year Old to Set Fires inside High School

School Bomb Threat

Med For Depression

2009-06-29

Australia

**Vexed Father Makes Bomb Threat Against Elementary School

School Violence

Antidepressant

2005-11-19

Arizona

**Violent 8 Year Old GIRL Handcuffed by Police at School

School Violence

Celexa Antidepressant

2002-01-23

Florida

**Violent 8 Year-Old Boy Arrested At School

School Threat/Lockdown

Lexapro*

2008-04-18

California

**Violent High School Student Shot to Death on Campus by Police

School / Child Endangerment

Antidepressants

2008-02-27

Canada

**Wacky School Bus Driver Goes Berserk: Also Involved Painkillers

School Violence

Paxil

2004-10-23

Washington DC

**Young Boy, 10 Year Old, Has Violent Incidents at School

School Threat

Wellbutrin Antidepressant

2007-04-24

Tennessee

**Young Boy, 12, Threatens to Shoot Others at School

School Hostage Situation

Med for Depression

2006-03-09

France

**Young Ex-Teacher Holds 21 Students Hostage

School Shooting/Suicide

Celexa

2002-10-07

Texas

**Young Girl [13 Years Old] Kills Self at School With a Gun

School Hostage Situation

Paxil

2001-10-12

North Carolina

**Young Man Holds Three People Hostage in Duke University President’s Office

School Murder Attempt

Med For Depression

1995-03-04

California

**Young Woman Deliberately Hits 3 Kids with Her Car at Elementary School: Laughed During Attack

Although SSRI Stories only features cases which have appeared in the media, starting March 2012 there began a Website:  http://www.rxisk.org/ which will allow personal stories to appear in a different Website from SSRI Stories.  This is the work of Dr. David Healy  http://davidhealy.org/welcome-to-data-based-medicine 

As Dr. David Healy notes in his article “Welcome to Data Based Medicine”,  ‘Third: This site will in due course have a category of posts for people who have been through the system, people who have had partners, parents, children or friends injured by treatments and who have found themselves trapped in a Kafkaesque world when they have sought help from doctors, regulators or others who seem to be there to help us.  These stories are aimed at highlighting the lunacy of the current system but also showing how someone who is determined can change everything. These stories will likely migrate to:http://www.rxisk.org/ when it is up and running.’  Sign up now and be prepared to tell your story.

On December 15, 2010, PLoS Medicine released a study which showed that, in regard to prescription medications and violence, the FDA had received the most reports of violence from the SSRI & SNRI antidepressants (except for Chantix, the smoking cessation drug.)  The study listed Prozac as the number 2 drug for violence, and Paxil as number 3.  http://www.ssristories.com/show.php?item=47014

Antidepressants have been recognized as potential inducers of mania and psychosis since their introduction in the 1950s.  Klein and Fink1 described psychosis as an adverse effect of the older tricyclic antidepressant imipramine. Since the introduction of Prozac in December, 1987, there has been a massive increase in the number of people taking antidepressants. Preda and Bowers2 reported that over 200,000 people a year in the U.S. enter a hospital with antidepressant-associated mania and/or psychosis. The subsequent harm from this prescribing can be seen in these 4,800+ stories.

Before the introduction of Prozac in Dec. 1987, less than one percent of the population in the U.S. was diagnosed with bipolar disorder – also known as manic depression.  Now, with the widespread prescribing of antidepressants, the percent of the population in the United States that is diagnosed with bipolar disorder (swing from depression to mania or vice versa) has risen to 4.4% .  This is almost one out of every 23 people in the U.S.

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  • crantic

    Beautifully laid out article. Too bad there is so much money to be made. The answer, according to Rockefeller, I believe, is to have even more psych meds distributed.

    Big Money and Big Pharma will win this one, in spite of the logic.

    • Anonymous

      Watch closely, universe is going to smash the game and start a new one, with it’s rules. You’ll “get it” by June 1 2013.

  • Concerned Mom

    Please do a little more reserch before you make blanket statements like this. I have two children that were miserable before the intervention of medication. When your 6 year old is telling you they would rather die… medication that works is an answer to a prayer. I am not an advocate for overmedicating our children, but after going through all the proper steps and making a definative diagnosis, it is sometimes the answer. The problem is that when stories like this are spread the stigma becomes so great that parents refuse to consider medication even when it would help. Why let your child suffer in depression and severe anxiety, because of what others might think? My son has been on Prozac since he was in first grade. Now he is in the fifth grade, on the basketball team and on the honor roll. That is from a child that would have severe emotional meltdowns, suicidal thoughts and debilitating fear. Medicine alone was not the answer, but along with a loving family, amazingly caring teachers and most of all God, he can now be a “regular kid”, and those are his words. Kids and people with mental illness take meds, and those people are more likely to commit violent crimes, true, but that doesn’t mean that the medication is what causes them to commit the crime. It would be like saying a loaded gun with a safety lock could never kill someone. If the safety is not used properly or taken off, well it is what it is in the wrong hands. That’s why we don’t need to outlaw guns and we don’t need to make it harder for parents with children that need medication by creating this stigma anymore. I am proud of my son who has overcome a significant emotional disorder to become a kind, caring, loving, fun, and very popular kid.

    • byrony81

      The drugs only cover up the problem and while the give the appearance of helping they are destroy the body meanwhile. A headache can be covered up by drugs but if you have it every day you should also try to find the source of the problem. The real answers are out there.

  • Ericzipp

    @ Concerned Yes the drugs can and do help people but it is at the cost of about 5% who have bad episodes. I have a sister who never thought of suicide before but since she started on SSRI drugs the topic of suicide comes up frequently. I am concerned too by the way. At six letting your kid be poisoned just because you don’t have time to do any behavior modification therapy with your children. By the way your child is acting as a guinea pig for the phramacuticuls as they have not done any drug tests for kids taking the pills. You will never find out how it has affected him until he grows up and gets drunk one day. Then instead of throwing a tantrum to get his way he won’t care about anything and he will be a danger to himself and others. Ask yourself why has suicide become so prevalent at the same time many Americans take these deadly pills. You know I am right all you have to do is read the warnings that come with the drugs. The biggest cause of death in the military is now suicide. Why? I will tell you why. It is because the government doctors give the SSRI pills like candy.

  • Wonkadelica

    Nothing new about the mentally ill committing mayhem. The only thing new is death count altering weapons. :twisted:

  • Don't be hating!

    The EMF pollution all around us and in our homes. This is a major concern and a cause for children to behave out of order. It is a silent killer and not mentioned to society. Do you research and learn how dangerous EMF/EMR/Microwave Radiation consumes our everday lives. Protect your homes and your loves ones. Go to http://www.earthcalm.com to learn more.

  • Anonymous

    I’m so glad that our military are taking huge amounts of these drugs; they will know exactly what to do, in case of a domestic crisis. LOL

  • muckracker1

    Excellent article. martianqueen

  • Patsym546

    MAYBE, if these people had NOT been on SSRI’s, depression meds.-these shootings or crimes would have happened even sooner. Maybe even been worse. I don’t think we can just blame the meds-there are plenty of people who have been or on these meds who do NOT commit crimes like these. The meds may have prevented MANY other crimes, which we don’t know about because they didn’t happen! I personally have been on Prozac for at least 12 years-and a few times when I have lost my insurance, been off of them. Never did it cross my mind to go kill a bunch of other people.

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