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Links between pills and violence get stronger


Belfast Telegraph letters to the Editor

Belfast Telegraph letters to the Editor

Belfast Telegraph letters to the Editor

The cause of violent behaviour was put under the spotlight again following the BBC Panorama documentary broadcast last month. It centred on the killer James Holmes and the treatment he received prior to the killings at a theatre in Aurora, Colorado in 2012.

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 has surfaced. That common denominator is prescribed psychiatric drugs, documented to cause mania, psychosis, violence, suicide and, in some cases, homicidal ideation. It goes without saying that the psychiatric spin doctors and shills were busy doing whatever they could to play down the role of antidepressants in the tragedy.

However, when the reported effects of the drugs include violence, aggression, and suicidal ideation, it's virtually impossible to stay in denial.

There was a similar case in September 2013, when it was reported that Aaron Alexis fatally shot 12 and injured three inside the Washington Navy Yard.

It was reported he had been prescribed an antidepressant documented to cause violent behaviour.

Add in at least 31 school shootings and/or school-related acts of violence committed by those taking, or withdrawing from, psychiatric drugs that resulted in 162 wounded and 72 killed and it culminates in a nightmare for the pharmaceutical spin doctors and psychiatrists.

The safety of antidepressants has been questioned for years now. With so many violent deaths and suicides linked to antidepressants, public safety is compromised by regulators who claim that benefits outweigh the risks. It's staggering. Manufacturers and prescribers have been allowed to carry on their activities unabated for too long with no accountability.

brian daniels

By email

Belfast Telegraph