Mass Shootings

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One of the biggest topics right now is mass shootings, there seems to be many going on recently and it concerns everyone. Many people question what drives the shooter(s) to do such horrible gruesome acts to others, there seems to be a striking connection between these shootings and the shooter being on psychotherapeutic drugs. Obviously, psychotropic drugs should not be given to children because they can cause violent behavior. Between 2004 and 2011, there have been over 11,000 reports to the U.S FDA’s Medwatch system of psychiatric drug side effects related to violence, including 300 homicides (Terrell, 2013). As of 2008, antidepressants were the most frequently used drug by persons aged 18-44 years (Terrell, 2013). One of the many reasons psychotropic drug should not be given to children is because there are high correlations between mass shootings and use of the drugs. Roughly 9 out of every 10 cases in these school/mass shootings involve prescribed drugs, a significant proportion of these cases were either caused by the drugs or the drugs made a significant contribution to the problem. Drugs can make children very aggressive towards others, children taking drugs are more likely to harm or injure other kids, or cause harm to themselves. Most school shootings during the past 15 years, the shooter has been on or in withdrawal from psychiatric drugs. Secondly, antidepressants are psychiatric drugs that form a common thread in school shootings. Medicines act on the body’s nervous system—altering its chemical communication pathways to affect areas of the brain involved in judgment, abstract reasoning, memory, emotions, and the fight-or-flight response. Before, there was a small connection between depression and violent behavior; it only became worse when psychotropic drugs were introduced. Since then, many people have reported to abusing most of these drugs, it also makes the users more prone to cocaine addiction since these medications are very similar to...
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