Newtown School Shooting: Do We Need Prescription Control In Addition To Gun Control?

In the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, the national conversation has centered on gun regulations, at least it pertains to semi-automatic weapons. Amidst the soul searching, others issues have emerged such as violent movies or TV shows, video games, and lack of mental health resources, proper diagnoses, and also including whether certain nonfunctioning individuals around the country should have been deinstitutionalized.

CBS is also reporting that the Connecticut legislature defeated a bill in March that would have given more teeth to the state’s “assisted outpatient treatment law” because the bill was opposed by the ACLU.

That notwithstanding, should we also be concerned about the overmedication of young people with psychotropic drugs? There are a number of media reports that the perpetrator of this horrible crime who apparently had a personality disorder may have been on prescription antidepressant meds which often have serious, self-destructive side effects. The Natural Society website suggests that the drug in question might have been Fanapt, but that remains to be firmly established.

So along with with considering more gun control, should America consider prescription control?

Mike Adams, the self-designated Health Ranger, seems to make a persuasive case for prescription medication control. On the Natural News website, he writes in part:

“Nearly every mass shooting that has taken place in America over the last two decades has a link to psychiatric medication, and it appears [Friday’s] tragic event is headed in the same direction … One of the most common side effects of psychiatric drugs is violent outbursts and thoughts of suicide …

“A far better solution [than more gun restrictions] would be to outlaw psychiatric drugs that cause the violent behavior in the first place. After all, if you only outlaw guns but fail to eliminate the drugs that cause the violence, people dosed up on mind-altering meds will simply find alternate weapons to commit the same acts of violence. You don’t think a crazy guy with a sword can hack up 20 or 30 kids in a school? A sword, a knife or even a pick axe can be just as deadly as a firearm …

“If our goal us to stop the violence in America, we are completely dishonest if we do not consider the mental causes of violent behavior. And that starts with mind-altering psychiatric drugs which I believe have unleashed a drug-induced epidemic of violence across our nation.”

Do you agree with Adams that we must stop the indiscriminate use of mind-altering prescription drugs on children and young adults in the name of mental health?