I've deliberately keep this issue brief because I would like you to read an excellent article written by investigative reporter Kelly Patricia O'Meara of Insight magazine. It's quite long but well worth it.
Her article ties in well with last week's issue of Xtend-Your-Life of which the thrust was about the recent FDA approval to prescribe Prozac to children as young as seven. Because this is such an important issue I felt that many readers may appreciate this extra information.
According to Kelly O'Meara her investigations reveal something that it is not widely known and that is that selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors drugs (SSRI's) of which Prozac is one, figure prominently in many of the senseless school killings by students in recent years.
The most widely reported incident was of course the tragic Columbine killings in April 1999. It now appears that at least one of the perpetrators Eric Harris was on Luvor a SSRI drug. Apparently his prescription had been filled 10 times between April 1998 and March 1999, and that three and a half months before the shooting the dose had been increased.
The article gives further examples of the link between drugs and school shootings:
- 15 year old Kip Kinkel was on Prozac when he killed his parents and then went to school to do some more shooting killing two and wounding another 22.
- 14 year old Elizabeth was on antidepressants when she wounded a student at a school in Williamsport.PA.
- 18 year old Jason Hoffman was on Effexor and Celexa when he wounded a teacher and three students at school in El Cajon, California.
Some of the victims are suing the manufacturers of these drugs, alleging that they were the reason why the shooters got out of control. As part of this process some of the medical records of the shooters that have remained secret may in fact become public. For example, the medical records of Dylan Klebold of Columbine have been 'sealed' but a court order is about to overturn this, so more information may well be released.
For your information the PDR (Physician Desk Reference) lists the following adverse reactions to the drug Luvor which is at the center of the law suits relating to Columbine.
"FREQUENT: amnesia, apathy, hyperkinesis, hypokinesis, manic reaction, myoclonus, psychotic reaction;
"INFREQUENT: agoraphobia, akathisia, CNS depression, convulsion, delirium, delusion, depersonalization, drug dependence, emotional liability, euphoria, hallucinations, hostility, hysteria, incoordination, increased salivation, increased libido, paralysis, paranoid reaction, phobia, psychosis, sleep disorder, stupor, twitching, vertigo."
Please forgive me for writing such a depressing newsletter this week. I don't enjoy writing about such negative things but I feel that I have a duty to pass on information to readers as so many of you have children or grandchildren. By being aware of these dangers you are better equipped to avoid being directly or indirectly part of perhaps a future drama yet to unfold.
I will be more cheerful next week... promise!
In good health,