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From Columbine to Virginia Tech, every time another headline-making mass murderer is discovered to have taken antidepressants or other psychiatric drugs, rumors and speculation abound regarding the possible connection between the medications and the violence.
Now, reports the July 2007 edition of WND’s elite monthly Whistleblower magazine, the time for speculation and guessing is over. The evidence is overwhelming and irrefutable, says Whistleblower’s groundbreaking investigative report: Mood-altering psychiatric drugs – taken every day by tens of millions of Americans, including millions of children – actually can push some users over the edge into mania, suicide and horrific violence.
To begin with, many of the most notorious mass killers in recent memory have been on, or just coming off, prescription mood-altering drugs. Remember these headline names?
Yates had been taking the antidepressant Effexor. In November 2005, more than four years after Yates drowned her children, Effexor manufacturer Wyeth Pharmaceuticals quietly added “homicidal ideation” to the drug’s list of “rare adverse events.” But “rare” is defined by the FDA as occurring in less than one in 1,000 people. And since, according to an Associated Press report, about 19.2 million prescriptions for Effexor were filled in the U.S. alone in 2005, that means statistically almost 20,000 Americans could experience “homicidal ideation” – that is, murderous thoughts – as a result of taking just this one antidepressant drug.
Luvox manufacturer Solvay Pharmaceuticals concedes that 4 percent of children and youth taking Luvox developed “mania” – a serious mental derangement characterized by extreme excitement and delusion – during short-term controlled clinical trials.
So what kind of meds had Cho been taking? Strangely, his medical records have yet to be released to the public – authorities claiming it’s because an investigation is still ongoing, although critics suggest the purpose may be to protect the drug companies from liability claims.
Meanwhile, the list of killers who happened to be taking psychiatric medications is long and chilling. Remember these headline names?
All very interesting, you may be thinking, but what do the drug companies say in their defense?
One of the most widely prescribed antidepressants today is Paxil, manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline.
Paxil’s known “adverse drug reactions” – according to the drug’s own 2001 FDA-approved label – include “mania,” “insomnia,” “anxiety,” “agitation,” “confusion,” “amnesia,” “depression,” “paranoid reaction,” “psychosis,” “hostility,” “delirium,” “hallucinations,” “abnormal thinking,” “depersonalization” and “lack of emotion,” among others.
With a rap sheet like that, no wonder pharmaceutical companies are nervous about liability lawsuits over the “rare adverse effects” of their medications. In 1998, for example, GlaxoSmithKline was ordered to pay $6.4 million to Donald Schnell’s surviving family members after the 60-year-old man, just two days after taking Paxil, murdered his wife, daughter and granddaughter in a fit of rage.
But reporting the truth about the relationship between psychiatric medications and mass murderers is just the beginning. “MANIA” also reveals clear and compelling evidence that psychiatric drugs hurt children physically – causing shrinkage of their brains, damage to their hearts and other significant effects.
Perhaps even more disconcerting, “MANIA” exposes the federal government’s bizarre preoccupation with screening all American school kids to see if they’re mentally ill – a process that often leads directly to a prescription for mood-altering drugs for the child who didn’t answer the questions properly.
“The problem,” said David Kupelian, managing editor of WND and Whistleblower, “is that many Americans don’t exactly trust the federal government to determine what constitutes ‘mental health.’” Incredibly, as this issue reveals, there is even a government effort to proclaim an infant-and-toddler mental health crisis!
With the numbers of people taking prescription psychiatric medications in the tens of millions and growing every day, this issue will touch virtually every reader in a profound way.
“I think this is one of the most important and frankly mind-boggling editions of Whistleblower we’ve ever produced,” said Kupelian. “The information in it could very well be life-changing – or even life-saving.”
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