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The most overlooked link in mass shootings

By  Bob Livingston at


BobLivingston The most overlooked link in mass shootings

As I’ve been reading about all the crazy things going on these days it finally occurred to me that prescription drugs may be the culprit; and then today I read this.  You may want to read his entire article, so I’ll just give you the list from the article:

According to a study published in the journal PLoS One and based on the FDA’s Adverse Event Reporting System, the following mind-altering drugs are most frequently linked to violence:

10. Desvenlafaxine (Pristiq) is an antidepressant associated with 7.9 times more violence than many other drugs.

9. Venlafaxine (Effexor) is related to Pristiq and is an antidepressant also used in treating those with anxiety disorders. Effexor is 8.3 times more associated with violent behavior than other drugs.

8. Fluvoxamine (Luvox) is an antidepressant that affects serotonin (SSRI), and is 8.4 times more likely to be linked to violence than other medications.

7. Triazolam (Halcion) can be addictive and is a benzodiazepine that supposedly treats insomnia. It’s 8.7 times more likely to be associated with violence than other medications.

6. Atomoxetine (Strattera) is often prescribed to tread ADHD and is 9 times more likely to be associated with violence.

5. Mefoquine (Lariam) treats malaria and sometimes products bizarre behavior, and is 9.5 times more likely to be linked to violence.

4. Amphetamines come in many forms and are often used to treat ADHD (even to children not diagnosed with ADHD). They are 9.6 times more likely to be linked to violence.

3. Paroxetine (Paxil) is an SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) antidepressant. Many users experience severe withdrawal symptoms and are more likely to produce children with birth defects as well as 10.3 times more likely to be linked to violence than other medications.

2. Fluoxetine (Prozac) is a household name for a powerful SSRI antidepressant linked with 10.9 times more violence than other drugs.

1. Varenicline (Chantix) is administered to smokers to supposedly help curb cigarette cravings, but it’s a whopping 18 times more likely to be linked to violent behavior than other drugs.

Well as it happens, the wonderful surgeon who fixed me following a major heart attack in early 2010, released me with the usual batch of prescriptions, plus (1) Chantix.

I took only one or two Chantix pills and realized somehow that I was suddenly WAY off my mental track, so the rest hit the toilet!

The source article will give you much more.






  1. I am Dean Striker’s partner and we were together when he had his heart attack, when the surgeon helped him and when he bought and started taking the Chantix for the purpose of stopping smoking – AND when he said he was quitting the medicine because it was making him feel peculiar, funny. He DID stop taking the medicine and that was a smart move. I’ve talked with some who had essentially the same experiences and with some who had no trouble with the drug. I am surprised that the FDA approves some of the stuff it approves of. And, yes, the manufacturer puts warning labels on the medicine which is a good thing. The bad part is that so many people pay no attention to warning signs…..with drugs like Chantix, I believe more attention should be paid to the personal warnings given to patients IF the drugs are to remain on the market. Some drugs can be just as dangerous as smoking, and some can be worse than smoking. Some are fearful of stopping drugs on their own, but some are incapable of knowing how drugs are affecting them. The ultimate fault with how drugs are handled falls on the FDA, more so than on the pharmaceutical companies or the doctors……it is the FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION THAT APPROVES OR DISAPPROVES DRUGS ON THE MARKET.

  2. I enjoyed this article because my experience with Chantix hit home. Seems like a great truth and an intelligent observation.

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