Friday, May 15, 2009

The treatment is worse than the cure

So a chimp goes on a mad rampage after taking Xanax, and almost kills someone.

 

http://blogs.usatoday.com/ondeadline/2009/05/travis-the-attackchimp-had-xanax-in-his-system.html

Travis, the chimpanzee who mauled a Connecticut woman in February and left her blind with a severely damaged face, had the anti-anxiety drug Xanax in his system, the Hartford Courant reports, quoting the state attorney's office.

 

A soldier goes on a mad rampage at a mental health clinic in Bagdad, killing 5:

 

Five dead at US base in Baghdad after soldier opens fire

by Ewen MacAskill in Washington for guardian.co.uk

Monday 11 May 2009

"A US soldier was in custody in Baghdad today after allegedly killing five other military personnel and wounding three. The Pentagon confirmed that a soldier had opened fire at Camp Liberty, a US base just outside Baghdad and next to the international airport. The incident was one of the highest death tolls for the American military in recent months. The Associated Press reported a US official as saying that the shooting took place at a stress clinic, where soldiers suffering mental problems can go for treatment or counselling."

 

The FDA requires a "Black Box" warning for suicidal thoughts with antidepressants:

 

http://www.fda.gov/bbs/topics/news/2004/new01124.html

 

And you can see a video here that shows the link between antidepressants and violence:

 

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2008/1/3/antidepressants-and-violence.aspx

 

When will people make the connection?

 

Isn't it odd that 20 years ago, you almost never heard of suicidal rampages?  Yet they're practically "common" now.  Well, you give out tens of millions of prescriptions for a mind-altering substance (antidepressants are just that) and some percentage of the population will have an adverse side effect.  Unfortunately, these side effects include suicide and murderous rampages.

1 comment:

D Bunker said...

A Chimp on Xanax?

For related Psych Med Stupidity, see the Bitter Pill from last summer.

Elephant Killed With LSD And Antipsychotics