With the recent media coverage on mass shootings and murders around the world, many are left wondering what is triggering those at fault to cause harm to innocent bystanders. Although there is controversy on gun laws making its way through our media’s headlines, a real culprit is today’s legal drugs that are often prescribed by doctors and medical professionals themselves. With hundreds of legal prescriptions on the market causing behavioral changes and violent outbursts, it is time that society begins digging deeper into the true causes of illogical and irrational violent behavior around the world. Some of the most dangerous weapons used today come in the shape of pills, leading to mental breakdowns, blackouts, violence and ultimately murder.
Chantix, also known as Varenicline, is commonly prescribed to those who are actively seeking to stop a nicotine addiction. However, Chantix is one of the most risky prescribed medications available today as it contains ingredients which have a negative impact on the nicotinic acetylcholine receptor, leading to violent outbursts and potential cardiovascular and vision problems. Chantix is nearly 18 times more likely to cause violent outbursts compare to other legal prescriptions currently on the market.
Prozac (Fluoxetine), is an SSRI antidepressant that is known for violent outbursts and in some cases, it also triggers suicidal tendencies and behaviors. Prozac is currently considered 10.9 times more likely to cause violent outbursts in patients who previously had no record or history of violence. Negative effects that can erupt from taking Prozac regularly can include general hostility and violent thoughts, manslaughter and murder attempts, hallucinations, loss of libido, depression and even suicide attempts.
Paxil (Paroxetine), is another SSRI that is often prescribed to patients who are feeling down and depressed. Paxil has been linked to violent crimes, murders and suicides from those who have a history of taking the drug for extended periods of time. Patients who are prescribed Paxil are 10.3 times more likely to commit or consider acting out a violent crime, even if unprovoked. Paxil is most known for triggering suicidal tendencies in those who may already be suffering from depression, bipolar disorder, OCD or generalized anxiety disorder (GAD).
Although commonly prescribed for ADD and ADHD, amphetamines (prescribed in multiple forms), are 9.3 times more likely to cause violent outbursts and behavior in patients. Amphetamines greatly affect the noradrenaline systems and dopamine in the body, which can increase aggression, product hallucinations and even induce psychosis. Becoming delusional and having visions of grandeur is common for patients who are regularly prescribed amphetamines. Amphetamines are also known to have a high addiction rate and can trigger heart attacks in those who persistently take the medications for extended periods of time.
Understanding some of the most dangerous weapons legally being prescribed to people around the world is a way to better understand the true risks and culprits at hand today for violent crime and outbursts. Although it is true that traditional weapons are involved in murders and violent crime across the world, however, medical errors, drug side effects and legal prescriptions are responsible for more than 783,000 deaths per year, or 6200% more than crimes committed with guns.
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Working as a pharmacy technician, Todd Wilson helps ensure that people are getting the proper medication that has been prescribed for them. As a writer he’s able to offer interesting information as well as lesser known facts about prescription drugs and has contributed to educational articles, such as “How Do I Become A Pharmacy Technician“.