The Baton Rouge shooter, Gavin Long, suffered from severe PTSD and had been prescribed multiple medications, including antidepressants, according to reports.
Gavin Long went on a murderous rampage on Sunday killing three Baton Rouge police officers and injuring three others. According to a report by CNN, the shooter was on a cocktail of psychiatric drugs, including SSRI’s, that have been proven to worsen mental health problems.
Two of the prescription medications prescribed to Long, Lunesta and Ativan, have an extended list of adverse side effects.
Both Lunesta and Ativan have overlapping side effects of aggression, agitation, changes in behavior, hallucinations, suicidal thoughts — and homicidal ideation.
Homicidal ideation is a common medical term for thoughts about homicide. There is a range of homicidal thoughts which spans from vague ideas of revenge to detailed and fully formulated plans without the act itself.
However, it is apparent that Long took these thoughts a bit further.
What makes the information that Long was on these medications relevant is the fact that many mass shootings have links to similar medications. It takes a truly disturbed person to begin killing people who’ve not caused them direct harm — especially knowing that you will be killed in the process.
In fact, the deranged psychopath responsible for the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history may have been on dangerous psychotropic drugs as well, according to a report out of Reuters.
Last month, the Free Thought Project reported that investigators had knowledge Omar Mateen could have been on psychotropic medication, knew it was affecting him — and chose to cover it up.
As Clinton, Trump, and the rest of the blowhards in Washington use these recent tragedies to push for gun control, special privileges for police officers and more war, they are grossly misleading the public.
As Jay Syrmopolous pointed out this week, the U.S. homicide rate has hit a 51-year low as gun ownership has increased 141% over that same period. America does not have a gun problem — however, we most certainly have a drug problem.
To discount Long’s use of these drugs would be grossly irresponsible.
Suicide, birth defects, heart problems, hostility, violence, aggression, hallucinations, self-harm, delusional thinking, homicidal ideation, and death are just a few of the side effects caused by the medication Long was reportedly taking.
There have been 150 studies in 17 countries on antidepressant-induced side effects. There have been 134 drug regulatory agency warnings from 11 countries and the EU warning about the dangerous side effects of antidepressants.
Despite this deadly laundry list of potential reactions to these medications, their use has skyrocketed by 400% since 1988.
Currently, 11 percent of all Americans 12 years of age and over take antidepressant medication, which is a higher rate than all other countries in the world.
(There are currently 2,165,279 kids ages 0-17 on antidepressants in this country, and over100,000 which are ages 0-5. Ask yourself how we can allow children less than a year old on antidepressants?)
There are certainly people of all ages that can benefit from certain prescription medication. However, the most worrisome aspect of Long’s ties to this medication is that the majority of mass shooters in recent U.S. history have links to these same meds.
This is not some conspiracy theory either. The side-effects listed by the drug companies themselves include delusional thinking, suicide, and homicidal ideation.
One single psychiatric medication prescribed to help people quit smoking has been tied to an epidemic of aggression and suicide.
In only five years, 544 suicides and 1,869 attempted suicides were reported to the FDA as “adverse events” in connection with the drug Chantix, according to documents obtained by America Tonight under the Freedom of Information Act.
The website SSRIstories.org has also been documenting the link between selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and violence. On the site is a collection of over 6,000 stories that have appeared in the media (newspapers, TV, scientific journals) in which prescription drugs were mentioned and in which the drugs may be linked to a variety of adverse outcomes including violence.