Mass shootings and psychiatric drugs: the connection

by Jon Rappoport

June 12, 2018

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I’ve been tracking the connection since 1999, when I wrote a long white paper, for the Truth Seeker Foundation, on school shootings and psychiatric drugs. The paper was titled: “Why Do They Do It? School shootings Across America.”

The drugs aren’t the only causative factor, but they produce what I call the Johnny Appleseed effect throughout society. Sprinkle enough of the drugs among enough people and you get otherwise unexplainable violence popping up—in schools, in workplaces. The psychiatric plague eats out the country from the inside.

Here are excerpts from my 1999 report—

The massacre at Columbine High School took place on April 20, 1999. Astonishingly, for eight days after the tragedy, during thousands of hours of prime-time television coverage, virtually no one mentioned the word “drugs.” Then the issue was opened. Eric Harris, one of the shooters at Columbine, was on at least one drug.

The NY Times of April 29, 1999, and other papers reported that Harris was rejected from enlisting in the Marines for medical reasons. A friend of the family told the Times that Harris was being treated by a psychiatrist. And then several sources told the Washington Post that the drug prescribed as treatment was Luvox, manufactured by Solvay.

In two more days, the “drug-issue” was gone.

Luvox is of the same class as Prozac and Zoloft and Paxil. They are labeled SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors). They attempt to alleviate depression by changing brain-levels of the natural substance serotonin. Luvox has a slightly different chemical configuration from Prozac, Paxil, and Zoloft, and it was approved by the FDA for obsessive-compulsive disorder, although many doctors apparently prescribe it for depression.

Prozac is the wildly popular Eli Lilly antidepressant which has been linked to suicidal and homicidal actions. It is now given to young children. Again, its chemical composition is very close to Luvox, the drug that Harris took.

Dr. Peter Breggin, the eminent psychiatrist and author (Toxic Psychiatry, Talking Back to Prozac, Talking Back to Ritalin), told me, “With Luvox there is some evidence of a four-percent rate for mania in adolescents. Mania, for certain individuals, could be a component in grandiose plans to destroy large numbers of other people. Mania can go over the hill to psychosis.”

Dr. Joseph Tarantolo is a psychiatrist in private practice in Washington DC. He is the president of the Washington chapter of the American Society of Psychoanalytic Physicians. Tarantolo states that “all the SSRIs [including Prozac and Luvox] relieve the patient of feeling. He becomes less empathic, as in `I don’t care as much,’ which means `It’s easier for me to harm you.’ If a doctor treats someone who needs a great deal of strength just to think straight, and gives him one of these drugs, that could push him over the edge into violent behavior.”

In Arianna Huffington’s syndicated newspaper column of July 9, 1998, Dr. Breggin states, “I have no doubt that Prozac can cause or contribute to violence and suicide. I’ve seen many cases. In a recent clinical trial, 6 percent of the children became psychotic on Prozac. And manic psychosis can lead to violence.”

A study from the September 1989 Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, by Joseph Lipiniski, Jr., indicates that in five examined cases people on Prozac developed what is called akathesia. Symptoms include intense anxiety, inability to sleep, the “jerking of extremities,” and “bicycling in bed or just turning around and around.” Dr. Breggin comments that akathesia “may also contribute to the drug’s tendency to cause self-destructive or violent tendencies … Akathesia can become the equivalent of biochemical torture and could possibly tip someone over the edge into self-destructive or violent behavior … The June 1990 Health Newsletter, produced by the Public Citizen Research Group, reports, ‘Akathesia, or symptoms of restlessness, constant pacing, and purposeless movements of the feet and legs, may occur in 10-25 percent of patients on Prozac.’”

Other studies:

“Emergence of self-destructive phenomena in children and adolescents during fluoxetine [Prozac] treatment,” published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (1991, vol.30), written by RA King, RA Riddle, et al. It reports self-destructive phenomena in 14% (6/42) of children and adolescents (10-17 years old) who had treatment with fluoxetine (Prozac) for obsessive-compulsive disorder.

July, 1991. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Hisako Koizumi, MD, describes a thirteen-year-old boy who was on Prozac: “full of energy,” “hyperactive,” “clown-like.” All this devolved into sudden violent actions which were “totally unlike him.”

September, 1991. The Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Author Laurence Jerome reports the case of a ten-year old who moves with his family to a new location. Becoming depressed, the boy is put on Prozac by a doctor. The boy is then “hyperactive, agitated … irritable.” He makes a “somewhat grandiose assessment of his own abilities.” Then he calls a stranger on the phone and says he is going to kill him. The Prozac is stopped, and the symptoms disappear.

The well-known Goodman and Gilman’s The Pharmacological Basis of Therapeutics reveals a strange fact. It states that Ritalin [given for ADHD] is “structurally related to amphetamines … Its pharmacological properties are essentially the same as those of the amphetamines.” In other words, the only clear difference is legality. And the effects, in layman’s terms, are obvious. You take speed and, sooner or later, you start crashing. You become agitated, irritable, paranoid, delusional, aggressive.

In his book, Toxic Psychiatry, Dr. Breggin discusses the subject of drug combinations: “Combining antidepressants [e.g., Prozac, Luvox, Paxil] and psychostimulants [e.g., Ritalin] increases the risk of cardiovascular catastrophe, seizures, sedation, euphoria, and psychosis. Withdrawal from the combination can cause a severe reaction that includes confusion, emotional instability, agitation, and aggression.” Children are frequently medicated with this combination, and when we highlight such effects as aggression, psychosis, and emotional instability, it is obvious that the result is pointing toward the very real possibility of violence.

In 1986, The International Journal of the Addictions published a most important literature review by Richard Scarnati. It was titled, “An Outline of Hazardous Side Effects of Ritalin (Methylphenidate)” [v.21(7), pp. 837-841].

Scarnati listed over a hundred adverse affects of Ritalin and indexed published journal articles for each of these symptoms.

For every one of the following (selected and quoted verbatim) Ritalin effects then, there is at least one confirming source in the medical literature:

• Paranoid delusions
• Paranoid psychosis
• Hypomanic and manic symptoms, amphetamine-like psychosis
• Activation of psychotic symptoms
• Toxic psychosis
• Visual hallucinations
• Auditory hallucinations
• Can surpass LSD in producing bizarre experiences
• Effects pathological thought processes
• Extreme withdrawal
• Terrified affect
• Started screaming
• Aggressiveness
• Insomnia
• Since Ritalin is considered an amphetamine-type drug, expect amphatamine-like effects
• psychic dependence
• High-abuse potential DEA Schedule II Drug
• Decreased REM sleep
• When used with antidepressants one may see dangerous reactions including hypertension, seizures and hypothermia
• Convulsions
• Brain damage may be seen with amphetamine abuse.

Other ADHD medications, which also have a chemical profile similar to amphetamines, would be expected to produce some of the same effects listed above.

The ICSPP (International Center for the Study of Psychiatry and Psychology) News publishes the following warning in bold letters: “Do Not Try to Abruptly Stop Taking Psychiatric Drugs. When trying to withdraw from many psychiatric drugs, patients can develop serious and even life-threatening emotional and physical reactions…Therefore, withdrawal from psychiatric drugs should be done under clinical supervision…”

—end of excerpts from my 1999 white paper on school shootings and psychiatric drugs—

There is a problem. It is chilling. Pharmaceutical companies, which manufacture drug after drug for “mental disorders,” are doing everything they can to cover up the drugs’ connection to violence.

They use their lawyers and PR people—and their influence over the press—to scrub the connection.

And now, one typical, disturbing, official reaction to every new mass shooting is: build more community mental health facilities. Obama was prominent in this regard, after Sandy Hook in 2012. The implication? More drug prescriptions for more people; thus, more violent consequences.

I’ll close with another excerpt from my 1999 report. It is the tragic account of Julie Marie Meade (one account of many you can find at (also here)):

Dr. Joseph Tarantolo has written about Julie Marie Meade. In a column for the ICSPP (International Center for the Study of Psychiatry and Psychology) News, “Children and Prozac: First Do No Harm,” Tarantolo describes how Julie Meade, in November of 1996, called 911, “begging the cops to come and shoot her. And if they didn’t do it quickly, she would do it to herself. There was also the threat that she would shoot them as well.”

The police came within a few minutes, “5 of them to be exact, pumping at least 10 bullets into her head and torso,” as she waved a gun around.

Tarantolo remarks that a friend of Julie said Julie “had plans to make the honor roll and go to college. He [the friend] had also observed her taking all those pills.” What pills? Tarantolo called the Baltimore medical examiner, and spoke with Dr. Martin Bullock, who was on a fellowship at that office. Bullock said, “She had been taking Prozac for four years.”

Tarantolo asked Bullock, “Did you know that Prozac has been implicated in impulsive de novo violence and suicidalness?” Bullock said he was not aware of this.

Tarantolo is careful to point out, “Violent and suicidal behavior have been observed both early (a few weeks) and late (many months) in treatment with Prozac.”

The November 23rd, 1996, Washington Post reported the Julie Meade death by police shooting. The paper mentioned nothing about Prozac.

Therefore, readers were left in the dark. What could explain this girl’s bizarre and horrendous behavior?

The answer was there in plain sight. But the Post refused to make it known.

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Jon Rappoport

The author of three explosive collections, THE MATRIX REVEALED, EXIT FROM THE MATRIX, and POWER OUTSIDE THE MATRIX, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. He maintains a consulting practice for private clients, the purpose of which is the expansion of personal creative power. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world. You can sign up for his free NoMoreFakeNews emails here or his free OutsideTheRealityMachine emails here.

16 comments on “Mass shootings and psychiatric drugs: the connection

  1. tillandsiausneoides says:

    Mass shooting are government psyops. Are you a dupe or are you complicit in this psychological warfare?

    • From Quebec says:

      Jon knows that, But you have to know that when government wants to do a mass shouting, they know where to find the people to do it. They look for people who are on psychiatric drugs. So the two goes together.

  2. Peter Meissnitzer (Gladiatoro) says:

    Psychiatric drugs are responsible for MILLIONS of deaths , FACT.

  3. voxfuror says:

    Jon, I am writing a white paper on the new boxed warning in almost all psych drug inserts regarding dosing for CYP2D6 rapid and ultra rapid metabolizers & calling for mandated testing before prescribing. The warnings state vastly reduced dosing for the 10 to 15% of Caucasians who experience this condition (which can also be caused or exacerbated by certain drugs, Wellbutrin, for example) is required for this population or serious adverse effects (such as suicidality & homicidality) will result. The test is currently available in major cities and fully reimbursable with public dollars. I am a person that experienced severe mass homicide perseveration on pdrugs for months, but since it was in Colorado in the 80s (prior to Columbine), I was accused of malingering; I take spiders outside but know the feeling of contemplating the horrifying, gruesome deaths of a hundred people I saw everyday. I am a service user policymaker in Colorado and remember well when the policy talk around Columbine had to do with trauma, how we as a society had failed Harris & Klebold, and I sat at policy tables where the ruling cartel of the public MH industry literally ran the trauma folks out of town in order to leverage “this terrible tragedy” for more beds. I also watched Batman unfold with a critical eye; there is very clearly something very fishy about how these events unfold and are reported; what “they” say is not true. Finally, 21Century Cures is so full of human rights crushing language, it will make the Patriot Act look like a stroll down Primrose Lane. My community fought Rep Tim Murphy’s language on preemptively incarcerating folks with ‘SMI’ in the name of public safety for five long years before it was folded in to Cures and that is just the tip of the no-due-process-in-healthcare iceburg.

  4. paschnn1 says:

    The west’s, (U.S. specifically), refusal or inability to comprehend what’s going on is a virtual guarantee the end “result” will be achieved.

    Almost comic in it’s scope, is that the spawn of the very same animals that caused people to flee Europe are responsible for the imminent collapse of this sty.

    Here’s the point to which this (lol) free nation has eroded;

    pay particular attention to Nestle’s “supremacy” /ICj2pJV_yRk

  5. Mark says:

    Government psyops can either be deliberate creations or simply exploited incidents. There is no way of knowing for certain unless you have close friends with privileged information – CIA agents etc.

    “You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.” – Barack Obama’s former chief of staff and top Democratic Party insider, Rahm Emanuel

  6. Larry says:

    March 21, 2005, the Red Lake, Minnesota massacre. Judging by this young man’s journal entries, he was highly intelligent. I recall an interview with his aunt following the shootings: she mentioned that his psychiatrist had increased her nephew’s dosage of Prozac, shortly before he went on his killing spree.

  7. tormance says:

    I went back after reading this post of yours… and read some of your posts from several years ago re Sandy Hook. Then I read that post you did re the connection to The Dark Knight Rises.

    Now this seems so far off the beaten track… until I realize I am not sure what the beaten track really is here. The Hunger Games? A connection to Aleister Crowley???

    Now it does seem to be true the author of The Hunger Games lives in Newtown… Sandy Hook. This seems on the surface to be a completely meaningless synchronicity. Well even the Crowley connection… who is going to take this seriously… it seems so far off the wall I cant make sense of the meaning. And Mr. Getzinger died in an auto accident…? Really.

    Of course by itself – and logic itself dictates it – none of this – by itself – means anything. Still the connections taken together sent a chill up my spine. A chill isn’t a logical connection.

    What I do think is this… we are not being given, told, transmitted the whole of the truth. I buy that… that is a given. Plus I suspect there are some ‘underground’ connections that will never reach the light of day… to be honest what may really be going on – what is hard to get to by logic – without all the facts – is a pretty scary scenario. Very very scary… and very very troubling.

    You already know that… don’t you? Its in your stuff… I know that too. I have read some things about you… your rep in some quarters is utterly ridiculous. But I read your stuff… I can see and hear with my own mind and heart you are articulate, and intelligent and not crazy at all… but also are willing to say things that will make you look crazy.

    The stuff you suggest re Sandy Hook make you look nuts. I don’t think you are nuts. I think there is something going on I cant make heads or tails of right now without making other assumptions and drawing conclusions… That means something is going on that is … well let me not mince words… shacking up with evil itself! And I am myself a bit afraid to think what that really portends. Nothing good!!

    • Tom_12 says:

      Psychopaths operate with a different logic. Hence “who is going to take this seriously” is something that in many ways lets them get away with almost anything with minimal risk to them being exposed.

  8. flyingcuttlefish says:

    face eating chimp was given prozac on attack morning….

  9. Tom_12 says:

    “One in three Americans take meds with depressive side effects: study”

    Job insecurity, smartphone-nites, 24/7 connected to the Internet, process food+preservatives, overweight, ….. A nice mix for a healthy population.

  10. tormance says:

    Hmmm… most of these comments seem – or pretend to – a knowledge I definitely do not have… all the stuff about drugs I accept as having more than a grain of truth as I know something is going on there…

    So this seems to be an issue with many facets. Drugs are one…

    “…when government wants to do a mass shouting, they know where to find the people to do it. They look for people who are on psychiatric drugs. So the two goes together.”

    Now this is an interesting comment but it implicates the government in ways – well most of the comments seem to assume our government is involved – of course that isn’t the prevailing opinion is it? And it is one of those opinions that seems… well a little insane on the face of it… not that I disagree…

    “Psychopaths operate with a different logic. Hence “who is going to take this seriously” is something that in many ways lets them get away with almost anything with minimal risk to them being exposed.”

    Also an interesting comment. And he is right… I remember reading a book now years ago – The Mask of Sanity – which addresses this issue in its own way.

    The problem I have is that whatever is going on seems to be like the proverbial elephant in the room. It is a gigantic thing with many facets that has avoided intelligibility – well rather like the forest and trees. There are so many parts to it… each part looks independent and seems to have a different ‘root system’ … yet it is a forest.

    This forest includes the shootings, drugs, control, psyops, secrecy… compartmentalization… the government… well I suspect many more things… but they are all part of this other thing that escapes detection because it is so big and so insidious.

    That thing Ouspensky said seems to have much relevance here… I am too often reminded of it…

    “On the other hand, unquestionable crimes escape the field of vision of criminology, either because they have not recognized the form of crime or because they surpass a certain scale. In existing criminology there are concepts: a criminal man, a criminal profession, a criminal society, a criminal sect, and a criminal tribe, but there is no concept of a criminal state, or a criminal government, or criminal legislation. Consequently what is often regarded as “political” activity is in fact a criminal activity.”

  11. Reblogged this on Marcha's Two-Cents Worth and commented:
    Interesting to say the least. Let’s see if we can guess why this isn’t mentioned in the news?

  12. Laurinda says:

    Did you catch the latest Donald Trump meltdown? Just Google “Donald Trump Antekhrist” and see for yourself… How funny is it that the president himself is being probed his pants down about the band Antekhrist by the CIA

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