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School shootings and prescription drugs

Posted: January 6, 2013 at 5:00 am   /   by

I confess that a potential link between mass shootings and prescription drug problems is not something I have researched in the past. It is a rather new area for me. The data below are not something that I present with surety, but rather with intellectual curiosity. Is there a link? Are we over-medicating our people, especially our children? Do certain medications have dangerous side effects for certain people? Can they trigger latent violent tendencies, or even cause people to commit acts of violence they otherwise would not?

This list, from SSRI stories, is at least worth examining:

What Drug Date         Where Additional
School Shooting Prozac WITHDRAWAL 2/15/08 Illinois ** 6 Dead: 15 Wounded: Perpetrator Was in Withdrawal from Med & Acting Erratically
School Shooting Prozac Antidepressant 3/24/05 Minnesota **10 Dead: 7 Wounded: Dosage Increased One Week before Rampage
School Shooting Paxil [Seroxat] Antidepressant 3/10/01 Pennsylvania **14 Year Old GIRL Shoots & Wounds Classmate at Catholic School
School Shooting Zoloft Antidepressant & ADHD Med 7/11/11 Alabama **14 Year Old Kills Fellow Middle School Student
School Shooting Zoloft Antidepressant 10/12/95 South Carolina **15 Year Old Shoots Two Teachers, Killing One: Then Kills Himself
School Shooting Med For Depression 3/13/09 Germany **16 Dead Including Shooter: Antidepressant Use: Shooter in Treatment For Depression
School Hostage Situation Med For Depression 12/15/10 France **17 Year Old with Sword Holds 20 Children & Teacher Hostage
School Shooting Plot Med For Depression WITHDRAWAL 8/28/08 Texas **18 Year Old Plots a Columbine School Attack
School Shooting Anafranil Antidepressant 5/20/88 Illinois **29 Year Old WOMAN Kills One Child: Wounds Five: Kills Self
School Shooting Luvox/Zoloft Antidepressants 4/20/99 Colorado **COLUMBINE: 15 Dead: 24 Wounded
School Stabbings Antidepressants 6/9/01 Japan **Eight Dead: 15 Wounded: Assailant Had Taken 10 Times his Normal Dose of Depression Med
School Shooting Prozac Antidepressant WITHDRAWAL 5/21/98 Oregon **Four Dead: Twenty Injured
School Stabbing Med For Depression 10/25/11 Washington **Girl, 15, Stabs Two Girls in School Restroom: 1 Is In Critical Condition
School Shooting Antidepressant 9/30/06 Colorado **Man Assaults Girls: Kills One & Self
School Machete Attack Med for Depression 9/26/01 Pennsylvania **Man Attacks 11 Children & 3 Teachers at Elementary School
School Shooting Related Luvox 7/23/93 Florida **Man Commits Murder During Clinical Trial for Luvox: Same Drug as in COLUMBINE: Never Reported
School Hostage Situation Cymbalta Antidepressant WITHDRAWAL 11/9/09 New York **Man With Gun Inside School Holds Principal Hostage
School Shooting Antidepressants 9/20/92 Texas **Man, Angry Over Daughter’s Report Card, Shoots 14 Rounds inside Elementary School
School Shooting SSRI 2/19/10 Finland **On Sept. 23, 2008 a Finnish Student Shot & Killed 9 Students Before Killing Himself
School Shooting Threat Med for Depression* 10/19/04 New Jersey **Over-Medicated Teen Brings Loaded Handguns to School
School Shooting Antidepressant? 4/18/07 Virginia **Possible SSRI Use: 33 Dead at Virginia Tech
School Shooting Antidepressant? 1/17/02 Virginia **Possible SSRI Withdrawal Mania: 3 Dead at Law School
School Incident/Bizarre Zoloft* 8/22/10 Australia **School Counselor Exhibits Bizarre Behavior: Became Manic On Zoloft
School/Assault Antidepressant 11/4/09 California **School Custodian Assaults Student & Principal: Had Manic Reaction From Depression Med
School Shooting Prozac Antidepressant 1/30/92 Michigan **School Teacher Shoots & Kills His Superintendent at School
School Shooting Threats Celexa Antidepressant 1/25/10 Virginia **Senior in High School Theatens to Kill 4 Classmates: Facebook Involved: Bail Denied
School Violence/Murder Antidepressants* 5/4/98 New York **Sheriff’s Deputy Shoots his Wife in an Elementary School
School Knifing/Murder Meds For Depression & ADHD 4/28/10 Massachusetts **Sixteen Year Old Kills 15 Year Old in High School Bathroom in Sept. 2009
School Stabbing Wellbutrin 12/4/06 Indiana **Stabbing by 17 Year Old At High School: Charged with Attempted Murder
School Threat Antidepressants 4/23/07 Mississippi **Student Arrested for Making School Threat Over Internet
School Suspension Lexapro Antidepressant 7/28/07 Arkansas **Student Has 11 Incidents with Police During his 16 Months on Lexapro
School Shooting Antidepressant WITHDRAWAL 11/7/07 Finland **Student Kills 8: Wounds 10: Kills Self: High School in Finland
School Shooting Paxil [Seroxat] Antidepressant 2/9/04 New York **Student Shoots Teacher in Leg at School
School Threat Prozac Antidepressant 1/25/08 Washington **Student Takes Loaded Shotgun & 3 Rifles to School Parking Lot: Plans Suicide
School Shooting Plot Med For Depression 12/1/98 Wisconsin **Teen Accused of Plotting to Gun Down Students at School
School/Assault Zoloft Antidepressant 2/15/06 Tennessee **Teen Attacks Teacher at School
School Shooting Threat Antidepressant 4/16/99 Idaho **Teen Fires Gun in School
School Hostage Situation Paxil & Effexor Antidepressants 4/15/01 Washington **Teen Holds Classmates Hostage with a Gun
School Hostage Situation Antidepressant WITHDRAWAL 11/28/06 North Carolina **Teen Holds Teacher & Student Hostage with Gun
School Knife Attack Med for Depression 12/6/06 Indiana **Teen Knife Attacks Fellow Student
School Massacre Plot Prozac Withdrawal 2/23/11 Virginia **Teen Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison For Columbine Style Plot
School Shooting Celexa & Effexor Antidepressants 4/19/01 California **Teen Shoots at Classmates in School
School Shooting Celexa Antidepressant 8/30/06 North Carolina **Teen Shoots at Two Students: Kills his Father: Celexa Found Among his Personal Effects
School Shooting Meds For Depression & ADHD 3/18/11 South Carolina **Teen Shoots School Official: Pipe Bombs Found in Backpack
School Shooting Threat Antidepressant 5/31/03 Michigan **Teen Threatens School Shooting: Charge is Terrorism
School Stand-Off Zoloft Antidepressant 4/13/98 Idaho **Teen [14 Years Old] in School Holds Police At Bay: Fires Shots
School Shooting Antidepressant WITHDRAWAL 10/12/07 Ohio **Teen [14 Years Old] School Shooter Possibly on Antidepressants or In Withdrawal
School Threat Antidepressants 3/20/08 Indiana **Teen [16 Years Old] Brings Gun to School: There Is a Lockdown
School Suicide/Lockdown Med For Depression 2/20/08 Idaho **Teen [16 Years Old] Kills Self at High School: Lockdown by Police
School Threats Prozac Antidepressant 10/19/99 Florida **Teen [16 Years Old] Threatens Classmates With Knife & Fake Explosives
School Stabbing Med For Depression 2/29/08 Texas **Teen [17 Year Old GIRL] Stabs Friend & Principal at High School
School Hostage Situation Prozac/ Paxil Antidepressants 1/18/01 California **Teen [17 Years Old] Takes Girl Hostage at School: He is Killed by Police
School Knife Attack Treatment For Depression & Strattera 3/10/09 Belgium **Three Dead in School Day Care: Two Children & a Caregiver: Happened Jan 23, 2009
School Shooting Plot Antidepressants 9/22/09 England **Two English School Boys Plot to Blow Up High School
School Arson Incidents Paxil 4/12/02 Michigan **Unusual Personality Change on Paxil Caused 15 Year Old to Set Fires inside High School
School Bomb Threat Med For Depression 6/29/09 Australia **Vexed Father Makes Bomb Threat Against Elementary School
School Violence Antidepressant 11/19/05 Arizona **Violent 8 Year Old GIRL Handcuffed by Police at School
School Violence Celexa Antidepressant 1/23/02 Florida **Violent 8 Year-Old Boy Arrested At School
School Threat/Lockdown Lexapro* 4/18/08 California **Violent High School Student Shot to Death on Campus by Police
School / Child Endangerment Antidepressants 2/27/08 Canada **Wacky School Bus Driver Goes Berserk: Also Involved Painkillers
School Violence Paxil 10/23/04 Washington DC **Young Boy, 10 Year Old, Has Violent Incidents at School
School Threat Wellbutrin Antidepressant 4/24/07 Tennessee **Young Boy, 12, Threatens to Shoot Others at School
School Hostage Situation Med for Depression 3/9/06 France **Young Ex-Teacher Holds 21 Students Hostage
School Shooting/Suicide Celexa 10/7/02 Texas **Young Girl [13 Years Old] Kills Self at School With a Gun
School Hostage Situation Paxil 10/12/01 North Carolina **Young Man Holds Three People Hostage in Duke University President’s Office
School Murder Attempt Med For Depression 3/4/95 California **Young Woman Deliberately Hits 3 Kids with Her Car at Elementary School: Laughed During Attack