Mass shooter Elliot Rodger was, according to his parents, taking anti-anxiety drug Xanax in the days that led up to his bloody rampage and suicide in Isla Vista California on May 23.
Elliot murdered six people and injured thirteen others before taking his life.
Although recognized as a drug that can cause hostility, Xanax is still prescribed by psychiatrists and even family doctors (as in Elliot’s case)
The dangerous side effects of Xanax are well documented and include:
- Depression or a worsening of the patient’s condition
- Reduced inhibitions (or no fear of risky situations)
- Feeling hostile or agitated
- Having hallucinations
Elliot Rodger began psychiatric care at the age of eight. Just before his killing spree and death, he was being treated by two psychologists.
Typical of mental health patients, this young man did not improve over time with their treatment, but became bitter, withdrawn and finally dangerously aggressive. Prescribing him an addictive, unpredictable drug like Xanax was unconscionable.
Xanax belongs to a class of drugs known as benzodiazepines. Psychiatrist Dr. Peter Breggin, has reported in his book Brain-Disabling Effects of Benzodiazepines that these drugs unleash aggression. He states:
“More than a dozen papers in the literature speak of irritability, defiance, hostility, aggression, rage or a progressive development of hates and dislikes in certain patients treated with benzodiazepine tranquilizers; all those products which are widespread have been incriminated at one time or another…Unlike the experienced alcohol user, the trusting benzodizepine user has little reason to anticipate losing control. Expecting to be helped, and not harmed, by the drug, the patient is less able to understand or manage potentially overwhelming feelings of anger or violence, or other untoward emotional responses…”
Dr. Breggin also states that this type of drug can create a wide variety of abnormal behaviors, such as insomnia, psychosis, paranoia, violence, depression, antisocial acts and suicide.
While the knee-jerk reaction to Elliott Rodger’s slaughter of innocents may be to step up gun control, this short sighted viewpoint would not have prevented Rodger murdering his roommates with a knife, or running down helpless people in his car.
It may be difficult to absorb the fact that psychiatrists and pharmaceutical giants aggressively develop and prescribe drugs that have side effects such as “defiance, hostility, aggression, rage or a progressive development of hates and dislikes,” but that is the undeniable truth.
These industries unleash disastrous psychiatric drugs on the public under the guise of help, despite increasing numbers of incidents of mass murder by individuals operating under the influence of these same drugs.
It is long past time to question the “authorities” who promote their mind-altering and dangerous drugs. If politicians will not stand up and demand answers, it is up to the public to demand justice for those who die at the hands of psychiatric drug victims on violent and uncontrollable rampages.
The true perpetrators of these atrocities are the developers and peddlers of the drugs that lead to violent behavior. Psychiatrists prescribing psychotropic drugs such as Xanax and the pharmaceutical companies who develop them have much to answer for.