It is depressing (no pun intended) to be sitting at the computer on Christmas Eve contemplating the murders, suicides and other tragedies that are known to have occurred due to legally prescribed medications. Yes you read that correctly – LEGALLY PRESCRIBED by doctors with credentials – those who should know what the side effects are, if any, of the drugs they are prescribing.
The World Health Organisation tells us:
- Unintended, harmful reactions to medicines (known as adverse drug reactions) are among the leading causes of death in many countries.
- The majority of adverse drug reactions (ADR) are preventable.
- People in every country of the world are affected by ADRs.
- In some countries ADR-related costs, such as hospitalization, surgery and lost productivity, exceed the cost of the medications.
- No medicine is risk free. Vigilant assessment of the risks and benefits of medicines promotes patient safety.
There is no specific mention of mass murders in the above quote, but the very bottom line tells us without qualification NO MEDICINE IS RISK FREE.
Yes I know doctors tell you they weigh up the risk/benefit ratio, then make their decisions as to if the drug is appropriate and needed by the patient. But do they also weigh up the risk/benefit ratio to the wider community? What price to pay for mass murder!
I am not writing about antibiotics, steroids, ulcer medications or any of the other myriad of prescription drugs you see advertised on television today. I am specifically focussing on the antidepressants that are handed out (seemingly) like sugar pills, to an unsuspecting public – who believe these pills will lift their dark depression and return them to the light of life.
Antidepressants have been recognized as potential inducers of mania and psychosis since their introduction in the 1950s. Klein and Fink1 described psychosis as an adverse effect of the older tricyclic antidepressant imipramine. Since the introduction of Prozac in December, 1987, there has been a massive increase in the number of people taking antidepressants. Preda and Bowers reported that over 200,000 people a year in the U.S. enter a hospital with antidepressant-associated mania and/or psychosis. The subsequent harm from this prescribing can be seen in these 4,800+ stories.
(This website is a collection of 4,800+ news stories with the full media article available, mainly criminal in nature, that have appeared in the media (newspapers, TV, scientific journals) or that were part of FDA testimony in either 1991, 2004 or 2006, in which antidepressants are mentioned.)
I have prayed, pondered and fumed over the latest school shootings in Connecticut USA.
To any sane person there is no justification and no rational for what occurred there. All life taken in this way – is innocent life – taken before its due date! Yes as a Christian I look for God’s action in all of this, and frankly there are times I have to concede I cannot find it. That is not to say it isn’t there – just not visible to my frail human heart.
From the moment the terrible incident occurred you just KNEW there would be a hue and cry over gun control. Why is it being pushed so loudly this time, when there have been dozens of other terrible mass murders in recent history? Even a cursory glance at this page will leave you speechless!
Of course it makes perfect sense to responsibly licence firearms and in doing so there needs to be specific criteria. My DH mentioned in passing a few days ago that his daughters first husband who suffered blindness from a premature birth and treatment received at that time, was legally eligible to hold a gun licence! Yes you read that correctly, his son-in-law who was blind from birth could have had a gun and hunting licence! Go Figure!!!!
The NRA has much to answer for I believe. If I understand it correctly, they have come out in public defending rights to own firearms, and want all schools in the USA to have armed guards installed. Instead of looking at society and the possible causes of increased violence and mass murders, they propose passing out more firearms. This, to my mind is suggesting our children be rigidly incarcerated in dangerous environments – surrounded by armed guards! So much for safe happy childhood!
President Obama has given Vice President Biden the task of forming a Gun Violence Task Force to get these dangerous guns and weapons off the streets of America. One must ask if there will be any representatives addressing this group who will present the facts and figures that pertain to psychotropic drugs and their devastating detrimental effects?
I pray this will not all be pushed under the carpet, and will be open to government and public scrutiny (and not be used as an opportunity for scoring political points). I feel certain just about everyone already knows that the NRA hold huge sway in the US Government – they can buy and sell senators and congressmen and women. The same is true of the pharmaceutical industry, and they will be the ones being hauled over the coals, should this report see the light of day.
Society bemoans the days when children were care free and could enjoy the freedom of youth. Is society asking itself what has changed so drastically to turn our lives and the lives of our children into such nightmares?
What movies do we encourage our kids to watch? What video games do we allow them to play? What drugs do we dose them up with? What moral standards do we imbue our children with?
We took God out of our public life. We threw Him out of our schools and colleges, and yet we cry to Him – ‘why Lord have you allowed this evil to enfold us?’…. what can He possibly answer?
“My Child you no longer know me, you turned your face away… I gave you the freedom to choose – you chose the evil one”……………………..
2 Chron 7:14 tells us: If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
Here is a letter from God to you. It is many Bible verses put together in a paraphrase form. All scripture from the Holy Bible is given by inspiration of God so that you can know Him. Discover how much God Loves you through the Bible verses listed at the link.
(2 Timothy 3:16-17)
May the families of the victims and others associated with this latest horrific slaughter, be able to find the Love of God in all of this. And may the peace of God find its way back into our hearts.
I believe the medical industry is complicit in these atrocities, and should not be overlooked by the investigators, Please pray this will not happen. Pray that truth and integrity will reign supreme.