It seems that every time a tragedy happens resulting in horrific deaths at the hands of a gun-wielding maniac, groups within our society start crying out for stricter forms of gun control. And some groups want to ban guns all together.
It matters little to gun ban/control advocates that studies show that even though gun ownership has increased, gun violence has decreased — except in the case of suicide.
Some researchers have looked beyond the use of guns in these tragedies to see if anything else could be a precipitating factor and the researchers have discovered a definite link in almost every case; the use of pharmaceutical drugs prescribed by the assailant's doctor.
The Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) has raised concerns about severe acts of violence as side effects of anti-psychotic and antidepressant drugs not only on individuals but on society as well.
Just a month ago PRWeb described drug induced violence as "medicine's best kept secret."
And the Citizens Commission on Human Rights International (CCHRI) is calling for a federal investigation on its web page which links no less than 14 mass killings to the use of psychiatric drugs such as Prozac and Paxil.
It is time our society look at our growing epidemic of addiction to pharmaceutical drugs and the role those drugs may play in the epidemic of mass killings. We must demand investigations be transparent regarding the use of psychiatric drugs by these killers. This is not a time when major pharmaceutical companies should be allowed to hide behind doctor patient privilege. We deserve to know the truth, regardless of the campaign contributions pharmaceutical companies have made to our elected officials.