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Psychiatric drugs a common link in many tragedies

Published 08/04/2015

After the Germanwings Flight 9525 flew into the Alps, the cause of violent and suicidal behaviour has again gone under the spotlight as the search for answers begins.

While there is never one simple explanation for what drives a human being to commit such an unspeakable act, all too often one common denominator surfaces: that common denominator is prescribed psychiatric drugs.

It has been reported that Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz had been under psychiatric care, that he was being treated by several psychiatrists prior to the Alps crash and that police found large amounts of medication prescribed to treat depression in the Dusseldorf flat where he lived.

Accordingly, in the wake of such a tragedy, there are those in the psychiatric industry who attempt to deflect attention.

The safety of psychiatric drugs, especially antidepressants, has been questioned for years now and with so many violent deaths and suicides linked to their use, public safety is being compromised. It's time for change.

BRIAN DANIELS

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