Psychotropic drugs and mass murder, redux

September 18, 2013 § 7 Comments

So it turns out that Aaron Alexis was on prescription psychotropic medication. What a shock.

§ 7 Responses to Psychotropic drugs and mass murder, redux

  • Mike T says:

    Let’s see…

    1. Borderline dishonorable discharge from the Navy.
    2. 2 firearm related offenses (discharging/threatening).
    3. On psychotropic medication.

    Still got a security clearance with an all access pass through the Navy Yard. If I were his background investigator, I’d already be scouting out a new home in a non-extradition country…

  • Zippy says:

    Two of the key functions of psychotropic drugs in our materialist drug bubble economy are to (1) turn ordinary problems into extraordinary problems, and to (2) turn temporary problems into permanent ones. Both of these functions naturally increase demand for psychotropic drugs (and the infrastructure behind them). The bubble inflates itself.

  • outis says:

    I agree with both of you. As a modest attempt at addressing one facet of the problem, I propose locking up every bureaucrat, psychiatrist, industrialist, and lawyer involved in making paroxetine the go-to-drug for PTSD — so that they can do no further harm, and to encourage the others.

  • Chris says:

    Outis, the go to drug is quetiapine — in combo with an SSRI, yes. (Not VA: refugees, mainly from Serbia and Bosnia at that time, which was about ten years ago. Don’t work near the refugee centre now).

  • Artisanal Toad says:

    Zippy, let me help you understand what’s happening.

    The driving force behind this trend in prescribing SSRI’s is the normative “Accepted Standards of Care” that physicians are required to adhere to. A doctor has a medical license, which means that quite literally they cannot be held criminally liable for their actions, even if their actions result in the death of the patient.

    Understand, the actions of the doctor are covered, but not the inaction of the doctor. Negligence is when the doctor knew or should have known to take a specific action and did not do so. Medical malpractice is generally applied in cases where the doctor did not take action. Very rarely is the action of a doctor so grossly negligent that other physicians will testify that the actions were negligent. Examples of this type of situation are when the doctor in question was drunk, on drugs or otherwise incapacitated when the action was taken… and as long as the doctor adhered to the accepted standards of care they can’t be held responsible.

    SSRI’s are now part of the accepted standard of care when a patient presents with symptoms of depression. After giving the caregiver appropriate information with which to diagnose depression the doctor would be negligent if he or she did not prescribe SSRI’s.

    For most patients, L-Tryptophan (a direct precursor to serotonin) would be appropriate, as would L-Theanine (which has anti-anxiety properties), but these are amino acids and cannot be patented. Likewise, combinations of Phenibut, Picamilon and Sulbutiamine (all over the counter “supplements” in the US) are effective at combating depression and anxiety without the side effects of SSRI’s. In fact, their nootropic effects are significant benefits to the patient. However, given that pharmaceutical reps push the SSRI’s and hand out free samples… and the fact that MedLine only has about 25% of the world’s medical literature (excluding, most notably the Russian and Chinese medical literature) there is very little “evidence” to help the doctors with their responsibility to “first, do no harm.” They default to “accepted standards of care” because it’s the safe road.

    As long as the SSRI’s are the “go to” class of drugs for depression, anxiety and panic attacks, the bubble will just get bigger. Co-opting the “acceptable standards of care” was the method the pharmaceutical industry has used, in conjunction with the AMA and FDA, to ensure that symptoms are treated in perpetuity and nobody ever gets well.

  • Zippy says:

    Artisanal Toad:
    You sound kind of like David Healy. (And that’s a good thing).

  • Artisanal Toad says:

    Zippy… you have no idea. David Healy doesn’t amount to a pimple on my ass.

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