Just in the aftermath of the recent tragic Navy Yard shooting there were press stories alleging that the shooter, Aaron Alexis, was mentally ill. These stories failed to cover the fact that Alexis was on a psychiatric drug which may have altered his normal brain chemistry in such manners as to turn him into a homicidal maniac. The CCHR International reported on an article by Kelly Patricia O’Meara on Sept. 18, 2013, "Navy Yard shooter was on Antidepressant Trazodone."
O’Meara presents a compelling case for the position that Alexis is another in a long list of psychiatric drug-induced perpetrators. It has surfaced from the New York Times that Alexis had been prescribed Trazodone, which is an antidepressant that carries an FDA black box warning for suicide. This drug is also documented to cause mania and violent behavior.
O'Meara has made a tragically credible point that because lawmakers, both at the state and federal levels, refuse to address the enormous amount of information which reveals the connection between violence and prescription psychiatric drugs, mass shootings, like this shocking massacre at the Washington Navy Yard, will continue to occur.
In spite of the fact that there have been 22 international drug regulatory warnings on psychiatric drugs which cite effects of mania, hostility, violence and even homicidal ideation, and dozens of high profile shootings/killings have been tied to psychiatric drug use, there has not been a federal investigation into the association between psychiatric drugs and acts of senseless violence. This is a tragic problem which creates victims out of the shooters and those injured and killed in such shocking mass killings.