Probe link between shootings and drugs

Candles spelling UCC for Umpqua Community College, are displayed at a candlelight vigil for those killed during a fatal shooting at the school, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015, in Roseburg, Ore. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
Candles spelling UCC for Umpqua Community College, are displayed at a candlelight vigil for those killed during a fatal shooting at the school, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015, in Roseburg, Ore. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
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I find myself writing again on the subject of yet another unnecessary and tragic school shooting.

My message hasn’t changed but the death toll has.

The thoughts of people around the world will lie with the families affected by the latest tragedy at the Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon.

And, as the search for answers begin, the cause of violent behaviour is once again under the spotlight, along with gun laws in the United States.

While there is never one simple explanation for what drives a human being to commit such unspeakable acts, all too often one common denominator has surfaced in hundreds of cases – prescribed psychiatric drugs, documented to cause mania, psychosis, violence, suicide and in some cases, homicidal ideation.

It is vital that the general public are informed about the well-documented links between psychiatric drugs and violence.

At least 35 school shootings and/or school-related acts of violence have been committed by those taking or withdrawing from psychiatric drugs resulting in 169 wounded and 79 killed.

In other school shootings, information about drug use was never made public, neither confirming nor refuting if they were under the influence of prescribed drugs.

The correlation between psychiatric drugs and acts of violence and homicide is well documented – both by international drug regulatory warnings and studies, as well as by hundreds of cases where high-profile acts of violence/mass murder were committed by individuals under the influence of psychiatric drugs.

Despite 22 international drug regulatory warnings on psychiatric drugs, there has yet to be a federal investigation on the link between the drugs and acts of senseless violence.

I won’t apologise for repeating myself.

It is time for the public to demand an investigation into any school shooting, mall shootings, or any acts of senseless violence that leads to mass murder and the correlation to mind-altering psychiatric drugs.

Brian Daniels

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