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Tag: prescription drugs


SHOOTINGS: Prescription drugs may be a key factor

After the horrific killings in Newtown, Conn., many have expressed compassion for the victims and their families, as we all should. Many have blamed various things for the incident: easy access to military-style weapons, combat-related video games and inadequate mental health services.

But few have noticed what may be a key factor in the rise of mass-killings in the past two decades – the unanticipated side-effects of mood-altering prescription drugs. Adam Lanza was reportedly taking Fanapt, the side effects of which could be (according to Drugs.com) aggression, delusion, hostility, impulse-control disorder, among others.

James Holmes, accused in the Aurora, Colo.,

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PAIN: Bureaucrats think they know best

Re: “Relieving pain, spurring addiction” (TNT, 4-28).

Arbitrary decisions being made in Olympia to deprive chronic pain sufferers of effective opioid pain medication are draconian and abusive. I am one who lives in hell, due to a chronic, ever-worsening pain syndrome. I’ve endured this for 25 years, and am now, for all intents and purposes, immobilized.

The doctor I previously saw accused me of “just trying to get drugs.” Nothing could be more wrong or more horrible for me to hear. The physician I see now will not allow me any kind of effective pain medication because of the

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