According to Christopher Harper Mercer’s (the Oregon shooter’s) mother:
“She said that ‘my son is a real big problem of mine’,” Alexis Jefferson, who worked with Harper at a care center in 2010, told the Times. “She said: ‘He has some psychological problems. Sometimes he takes his medication, sometimes he doesn’t.
Anytime I hear of a mass murder, a murder suicide, or a very violent suicide, I immediately think of psychiatric drugs. I do this because I know, from first had experience, that psychiatric drugs are extremely dangerous. They made me aggressive, hostile, and suicidal, as a young man, and they can push anyone over the edge. There are thousands of first hand patient reports of how these mind bending medications can literally destroy you psychologically. Homicide, violence and violent suicides are not hallmarks of depression, but they are common side effects of psychiatric medication. People, are still largely ignorant of these side effects though, and doctors and psychiatrists don’t warn or monitor people properly.
“… the gunman’s mother sometimes confided the difficulties she had in raising her son, including that she had placed Mr. Harper-Mercer in a psychiatric hospital when he did not take his medication.”
– Oregon Killer’s Mother Wrote of Troubled Son and Gun Rights, New York Times, October 5, 2015
….”This confirms, at least, the Oregon shooter’s access to psychiatric drugs. Young people sometimes throw their drugs together and take them randomly as if they were recreational. Additionally, Mercer was also known to have graduated from a high school for youngsters with emotional and behavioral problems…” (Peter Breggin: Mad In America)
If the recent BMJ study into Paroxetine (Paxil/Seroxat/Aropax) and it’s links to an increase in suicide in under 18’s, and the recent study which linked all the SSRI’s to an increase in violence, doesn’t wake people up to the dangers of all psychiatric drugs, then I don’t know what will… psychiatric drugs can be particularly dangerous in withdrawal, or over the long term and it seems that the Oregon shooter was perhaps coming off his the drugs at the time of the shooting, however the details are unclear at this time.
We don’t know yet either, what drugs Christopher Harper Mercer was prescribed, or his psychiatric history etc… however we do know that there have been far too many murders, suicides, killing sprees and school shootings linked to these drugs.
These are very toxic medications..
An influential study which claimed that an antidepressant drug was safe for children and adolescents failed to report the true numbers of young people who thought of killing themselves while on it, re-analysis of the trial has found
Study 329, into the effects of GlaxoSmithKline’s drug paroxetine on under-18s, was published in 2001 and later found to be flawed. In 2003, the UK drug regulator instructed doctors not to prescribe paroxetine – sold as Seroxat in the UK and Paxil in the US – to adolescents.
But experts who have obtained the original data say the study is still referred to in the medical literature and needs to be retracted.
Young people taking antidepressants such as Prozac and Seroxat are significantly more likely to commit violent crimes when they are on the medication, but taking higher doses of the drugs appears to reduce that risk, scientists said.
In research published in the PLoS Medicine journal, the scientists said that while their finding of a link does not prove that such drugs cause people to be more violent, further studies should be conducted and extra warnings may be needed in future when they are prescribed to people aged 15 to 24.