Dr. David Healy, controversial British psychiatrist and founder of RxISK.org, has recently come out with a statistic that states “some 90 percent of school shootings over more than a decade have been linked to a widely prescribed type of antidepressant called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors or SSRIs.”
Healy first made himself controversial in 1997 when he insisted that antidepressants increased the risk of suicide. Critics accused Healy of driving many patients away who needed help, nearly causing Healy to lose his job.
By 2004 though, British and American drug regulators started issuing warnings on antidepressants, stating that the medicine could cause “suicidal thoughts and behavior in some children and adolescents.”
It is likely Healy’s most recent statement will cause a similar buzz. However, it will not likely be another line added to the warnings on the prescription bottle.
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