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Gun pillNote: Teresa Wrote this post in 2012, after the shooting by Adam Lanza in Newtown, CT. Seems this post should just be "on deck" at any given moment in the USA.

By Teresa Conrick

Here at Age of Autism, we have been sharing with our readers the realities of the increasing numbers of children being diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. With that comes many topics, including vaccine injury and regression, school issues, adult housing and also various treatments.   I have a daughter diagnosed with severe Autism and recently, an autoimmune disorder.  Megan regressed in health and skills after vaccinations. With the continuing surreal killings in public settings over the years - schools, college campuses, malls and even a movie theater, the media has had a history of attempting to link some of these cases to Autism or Aspergers. You can read our recent statement Age of Autism Responds to Newtown Tragedy  as this point is important: " Age of Autism mourns the deaths of all innocent victims of this awful crime and offers its deepest condolences to their families. Additionally, we are deeply disturbed by the association of the perpetrator of this awful crime by various media outlets to a vulnerable community - the autism community - with rumors that he was on the autism spectrum. Regardless of whether or not the shooter truly is on the autism spectrum, we wish to make it clear that autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are in no way associated with criminal violence."

It is important then to look at reality and root causes because without them, it can be hard to find a solution. I would like to share some important data about these tragedies since we are all in the midst of a recent, gut-wrenching inciden,t but to do so, we have to go back in time, to look at patterns, something we think is important here on AoA.

On May 20th,1988, Laurie Dann walked into an elementary school in Winnetka, Illinois and shot five students, killing one. She was to kill herself later that day. I remember vividy hearing about that as I was working at a psychiatric hospital about 15 miles away. It was a shocking reality to know that a school could become a sitting duck to a violent mind. Here was a recent article about that horrific day, the young boy killed, and the fact that school shootings keep increasing:

"Since then, there has been a school or campus shooting somewhere in the United States almost every year. In many years, there have been three or four campus or school shootings."

On Friday, December 14th, 2012, Adam Lanza, an unknown name to the world on December 13th, allegedly forced his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School, in Newtown Connecticut. There he allegedly shot and killed 26 victims, 20 young children and 6 female adults. He is also believed to have killed his mother before this attack and then killed himself after the attack. If you google his name today, you will see 517 million hits. A monster? What do these two cases have in common? Weapons? Murder? Yes, both were tragic crimes but also with another commonality -- the perpetrator had been treated by a psychiatrist. Another clue, is the lesser discussed use of medications that may have a bigger piece, in not only these two cases but in other savage and senseless deaths of innocent people:


School Shooters Under The Influence Of Psychiatric Drugs

"Despite 22 international drug regulatory warnings on psychiatric drugs citing effects of mania, hostility, violence and even homicidal ideation, and dozens of high profile school shootings/killings tied to psychiatric drug use, there has yet to be a federal investigation on the link between psychiatric drugs and acts of senseless violence."

"At least fourteen recent school shootings were committed by those taking or withdrawing from psychiatric drugs resulting in 109 wounded and 58 killed (in other school shootings, information about their drug use was never made public—neither confirming or refuting if they were under the influence of prescribed drugs.) The most important fact about this list, is that these are only the shooters where the information about their psychiatric drug use was made public. To give an example, although it is known that James Holmes, suspected perpetrator of a mass shooting that occurred July 20, 2012, at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, was seeing psychiatrist Lynne Fenton, no mention has been made of what psychiatric drugs he may have been taking. Also note that all these mass shootings didn’t just occur in the United States:

1 -- Huntsville, Alabama – February 5, 2010: 15-year-old Hammad Memon shot and killed another Discover Middle School student Todd Brown. Memon had a history for being treated for ADHD and depression. He was taking the antidepressant Zoloft and “other drugs for the conditions.” He had been seeing a psychiatrist and psychologist.

2 -- Kauhajoki, Finland – September 23, 2008: 22-year-old culinary student Matti Saari shot and killed 9 students and a teacher, and wounded another student, before killing himself. Saari was taking an SSRI and a benzodiazapine. He was also seeing a psychologist.

3 -- Dekalb, Illinois – February 14, 2008: 27-year-old Steven Kazmierczak shot and killed five people and wounded 21 others before killing himself in a Northern Illinois University auditorium. According to his girlfriend, he had recently been taking Prozac, Xanax and Ambien. Toxicology results showed that he still had trace amount of Xanax in his system. He had been seeing a psychiatrist.

4 -- Jokela, Finland – November 7, 2007: 18-year-old Finnish gunman Pekka-Eric Auvinen had been taking antidepressants before he killed eight people and wounded a dozen more at Jokela High School in southern Finland, then committed suicide.

5 -- Cleveland, Ohio – October 10, 2007: 14-year-old Asa Coon stormed through his school with a gun in each hand, shooting and wounding four before taking his own life. Court records show Coon had been placed on the antidepressant Trazodone.

6 -- Red Lake, Minnesota – March 2005: 16-year-old Jeff Weise, on Prozac, shot and killed his grandparents, then went to his school on the Red Lake Indian Reservation where he shot dead 7 students and a teacher, and wounded 7 before killing himself.

7 -- Greenbush, New York – February 2004: 16-year-old Jon Romano strolled into his high school in east Greenbush and opened fire with a shotgun. Special education teacher Michael Bennett was hit in the leg. Romano had been taking “medication for depression”. He had previously seen a psychiatrist.

8 -- Wahluke, Washington – April 10, 2001: Sixteen-year-old Cory Baadsgaard took a rifle to his high school and held 23 classmates and a teacher hostage. He had been taking the antidepressant Effexor.

9 -- El Cajon, California – March 22, 2001: 18-year-old Jason Hoffman, on the antidepressants Celexa and Effexor, opened fire on his classmates, wounding three students and two teachers at Granite Hills High School. He had been seeing a psychiatrist before the shooting.

10 -- Williamsport, Pennsylvania – March 7, 2001: 14-year-old Elizabeth Bush was taking the antidepressant Prozac when she shot at fellow students, wounding one.

11 -- Conyers, Georgia – May 20, 1999: 15-year-old T.J. Solomon was being treated with the stimulant Ritalin when he opened fire on and wounded six of his classmates.

12 -- Columbine, Colorado – April 20, 1999: 18-year-old Eric Harris and his accomplice, Dylan Klebold, killed 12 students and a teacher and wounded 26 others before killing themselves. Harris was on the antidepressant Luvox. Klebold’s medical records remain sealed. Both shooters had been in anger-management classes and had undergone counseling. Harris had been seeing a psychiatrist before the shooting.

13 -- Notus, Idaho – April 16, 1999: 15-year-old Shawn Cooper fired two shotgun rounds in his school, narrowly missing students. He was taking a prescribed SSRI antidepressant and Ritalin.

14 -- Springfield, Oregon – May 21, 1998: 15-year-old Kip Kinkel murdered his parents and then proceeded to school where he opened fire on students in the cafeteria, killing two and wounding 25. Kinkel had been taking the antidepressant Prozac. Kinkel had been attending “anger control classes” and was under the care of a psychologist.

The list above does not include this terrifying event:

Police identified Cho Seung-Hui as the shooter who carried out the massacre that left 33 people dead, including himself. He was an English major whose creative writing was so disturbing that he was referred to the school's counseling service.....Police and university officials still offered no clues as to exactly what set off Cho, a 23-year-old senior, on the deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history. News reports said that he may have been taking medication for depression.

Immediately after the incident, reports carried speculation by family members in Korea that Cho was autistic [33] However, no known record exists of Cho ever being diagnosed with autism, [33/34] nor could an autism diagnosis be verified with Cho's parents. The Virginia Tech Review Panel report dismissed an autism diagnosis [35/36] and experts later doubted the autism claim. [37]

Sadly, the issue of guns, security at schools and parenting continue to be scrutinized yet the glaring link of medications are dismissed. Here

was a list of medications that had reported violence associated with them. From that 2010 study:

In the 69-month reporting period we identified 484 evaluable drugs that accounted for 780,169 serious adverse event reports of all kinds. This total included 1,937 (0.25%) cases meeting the violence criteria. The violence cases included 387 reports of homicide, 404 physical assaults, 27 cases indicating physical abuse, 896 homicidal ideation reports, and 223 cases described as violence-related symptoms.

Last year, TIME sounded the alarm on that study:

"Top Ten Legal Drugs Linked to Violence"

Here are the top ten offenders:

10. Desvenlafaxine (Pristiq) An antidepressant which affects both serotonin and noradrenaline, this drug is 7.9 times more likely to be associated with violence than other drugs.

9. Venlafaxine (Effexor) A drug related to Pristiq in the same class of antidepressants, both are also used to treat anxiety disorders. Effexor is 8.3 times more likely than other drugs to be related to violent behavior.

8. Fluvoxamine (Luvox) An antidepressant that affects serotonin (SSRI), Luvox is 8.4 times more likely than other medications to be linked with violence

7. Triazolam (Halcion) A benzodiazepine which can be addictive, used to treat insomnia. Halcion is 8.7 times more likely to be linked with violence than other drugs, according to the study.

6) Atomoxetine (Strattera) Used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Strattera affects the neurotransmitter noradrenaline and is 9 times more likely to be linked with violence compared to the average medication.

5) Mefoquine (Lariam) A treatment for malaria, Lariam has long been linked with reports of bizarre behavior. It is 9.5 times more likely to be linked with violence than other drugs.

4) Amphetamines: (Various) Amphetamines are used to treat ADHD and affect the brain’s dopamine and noradrenaline systems. They are 9.6 times more likely to be linked to violence, compared to other drugs.

3) Paroxetine (Paxil) An SSRI antidepressant, Paxil is also linked with more severe withdrawal symptoms and a greater risk of birth defects compared to other medications in that class. It is 10.3 times more likely to be linked with violence compared to other drugs.

2) Fluoxetine (Prozac) The first well-known SSRI antidepressant, Prozac is 10.9 times more likely to be linked with violence in comparison with other medications.

1) Varenicline (Chantix) The anti-smoking medication Chantix affects the nicotinic acetylcholine receptor, which helps reduce craving for smoking. Unfortunately, it’s 18 times more likely to be linked with violence compared to other drugs — by comparison, that number for Xyban is 3.9 and just 1.9 for nicotine replacement.

Lariam may be familiar to AoA readers as Dan Olmsted has written some exclusive and extensive articles on its dangers in the military.

It is more than likely that there are others that did not make this list -- yet -- but are known to be dangerous to some of their users. How do I know that? Back to Laurie Dann: Police also would like to speak with two other psychiatrists who treated Dann. One of those doctors prescribed an experimental drug to her, which she received from Canada by mail. Traces of the drug, clomipramine, were found in her blood.

The drug does carry warnings that high doses could cause suicidal depression, delusion and extreme bewilderment, and that combination of the drug with another could be dangerous, said DeVito. But psychiatrists said the drug would not induce any violent behavior. `It is not a homicidal drug by any means,`` DeVito said......


Call a healthcare provider right away if you or your family member has any of the following symptoms, especially if they are new, worse, or worry you:

  • thoughts about suicide or dying
  • attempts to commit suicide
  • new or worse depression
  • new or worse anxiety
  • feeling very agitated or restless
  • panic attacks
  • trouble sleeping (insomnia)
  • new or worse irritability
  • acting aggressive, being angry, or violent
  • acting on dangerous impulses
  • an extreme increase in activity and talking (mania)
  • other unusual changes in behavior or mood

Then there is the question of Adam Lanza : Friends of Nancy Lanza, the mother of Newtown shooting suspect Adam Lanza, told 60 Minutes on Sunday that he suffered from Asperger's syndrome, and that dealing with the condition dominated both their lives. It's already been reported that Lanza reportedly had the condition, but there's no evidence it had any effect on his rampage. As the nation sets out to understand how Friday's massacre came to pass, some are rightly worried that the high-functioning form of autism will become unfairly stigmatized......Adam Lanza's mother had been increasingly concerned over her son's well-being in the weeks before the tragedy, telling a friend just a week before that he was "getting worse" and that "she was losing him," the New York Daily News reported. That report makes no mention of Asperger's syndrome, but it cites Adam's uncle who said he was taking an anti-psychotic drug called Fanapt.

Reading up on Fanapt, it is a newer medication not used for Aspergers but for Schizophrenia.

"Fanapt is specifically indicated for the acute treatment of adults with schizophrenia"


There is limited evidence for the efficacy of pharmacotherapy in autistic disorder; however, SSRIs and atypical antipsychotics are used to alleviate some of the associated symptoms.

Is it possible that there are negative side effects from medications, capable of rendering a user into a murder spree? You be the judge.


Psychiatric Disorders: Frequent – restlessness, aggression, delusion; Infrequent – hostility, libido decreased, paranoia, anorgasmia, confusional state, mania, catatonia, mood swings, panic attack, obsessive-compulsive disorder, bulimia nervosa, delirium, polydipsia psychogenic, impulse-control disorder, major depression.

Teresa Conrick is Contributing Editor to Age of Autism.


cia parker

I love Daniel Greenfield. New article by him this morning on why gun control does not stop criminals from getting guns and killing.

Nick Cruz was mentally ill. Twenty calls to the police in the last year and a half, two calls to the FBI, one in November, one in January, saying that he had specifically said he was going to shoot up a school. The FBI did nothing, and the director has been asked to resign.


I am not in favor of ANY violation of ANY child's HIPPA protections.
There can be nothing more offense to a civilized society then inhibiting a child's ability to go to school.



Heck ya!!!! If my unvaccinated PEACEFUL children are not allowed access to public school, then it's only fair that the kids on meds, THAT HAVE THE KNOWN SIDE EFFECTS, of leading to suicidal and HOMICIDAL thoughts should be treated the same.

OK, obvoiusly, i'm being sarcastic, I DON'T believe any child should be denied access to an education because of his or her medical status.

Who the hell would be for that?!

Trace Farley

As my mentor T. C. Fry used to say “You cannot be drugged into health.” And Only healthful living brings health”.

Drugs never heal anything and can only cause side effects and brain damage. They are toxic by their very nature.


And - to add to my last comment,
it would be very interesting, I bet very revealing, to see the difference in prescribing from community to community, school to school.

Annie, I think you hit on something.


" should be appropriate for schools to be required to let parents know what percentage of children are on psychotropic medications."

Can you imagine? Now those would be frightening statistics.


Thanks, Teresa, for bringing up the tragic mental illness of Laurie Dann. For years she roamed freely about her privileged community despite many reports of her deeply disturbed behavior (cutting a leather sofa, stabbing her ex-husband with an ice pick).

Eventually her parents paid for their inability to take action: “The suits, settled out of court, set a precedent for holding parents responsible for the crimes of their adult children.”

Dann, born in 1958, would have received vaccinations shortly before age 5 - the age one report states was the initial onset of her brain dysfunction. Could mercury tooth fillings also have contributed to Dann’s brain degeneration?

Searching the Internet using keywords mercury, amalgam and psychosis proves quite revealing. The book “Hair Test Interpretation: Finding Hidden Toxicities” by Andrew Hall Cutler contains reports of mental illness manifesting after mercury tooth fillings were installed, then abating after the fillings were removed.

Mental illness is also mentioned in the 2016 International Academy of Oral Medicine & Toxicology publication “A Comprehensive Review of the Toxic Effects of Mercury in Dental Amalgam Fillings on the Environment and Human Health,” with 404 references.

david m burd

On a previous Post/comments, I referred to the 2005 Virginia Tech massacre by a student on psychotropic drugs whose last name was Cho; he murdered 32 fellow students in their classrooms with handguns (not 'assault rifles'). This article of 11 years ago documents the plethora of murderous attacks by those on prescribed psychomeds. It was true then, and the Psychiatric Medical-Drugs World has not only skated Scott-free; they've just added more and more massacre-notches (such as Sandy Hook) to their prescription pads as just happened in Florida (and very likely by Paddock in Las Vegas)..

Bob Moffitt's citing the hundreds of thousands of such prescribed 'meds' is a corroborating example, yet the fundamental bases of such meds surely is due to the mind-damaging chemicals in the many - dozens of toxic vaccines given to pregnant mothers and their infants, ever-increasing since the late 1980's, and ever increasing even today.


If it's appropriate to publish a school's vaccination rates, it should be appropriate for schools to be required to let parents know what percentage of children are on psychotropic medications.

cia parker

I think it's a chicken or the egg thing. I don't think at this time we should believe that psych meds are the whole problem and that if problematic kids stopped taking them, there would be no more school shooting. We don't know. Probably most problematic kids are on them, so you really don't have and couldn't have a control group to see how many problematic kids NOT on psych drugs commit school shooting. I'm against the drugs, but from my own situation and what I've read about others of you here, the tendency toward unjustified violence is there anyway. If it turns out that psych drugs are only part of the story, and so not solve the problem, what can you do? As several people here have said. Before they commit a crime, you can't lock them up under current law. And I'm not supporting locking them up unless it were reasonably determined that it was necessary to protect innocent lives, but it would be very hard to determine criteria for making that decision, and you'd always risk violating the rights of either the problematic person or the public. My father was very angry when they deinstitionalized the mentally ill: he had a brother with schizophrenia who would periodically run off and disappear, and my father had to fly across the country to go look for him. They kept him high on drugs, which ruined his life, and he lived with his mother, but she was afraid of him and locked her door every night. Which was not fair to her. And my uncle had schizophrenia from mercury poisoning: I read here at AoA that all schizophrenics who have been tested have been sky-high in mercury.

I said yesterday that after an incident at my daughter's elementary school several years ago (with an adult man angry at his divorced wife) the school had armed guards for a while. Jewish schools in Europe all have armed guards now, because of the extremely frequent attacks on Jewish students (a girl I think it was in Paris the other day was leaving her school to go home, wearing a Star of David, and a man slashed her face with a knife, leaving her disfigured for life. Many killings too.) I think we're looking at a future of armed guards at all public places. And ultimately, wouldn't we have liked to have saved the lives of those 17 wonderful students and teachers murdered the other day? It might have a deterrent effect on the more rational would-be killers, but would undoubtedly save a lot of lives. But it would be very expensive, of course. As a society, do we care enough about innocent lives to pay guards to protect innocent lives?

I think the problem is very complicated, and there are no easy answers, except that I think the armed guards is a good and necessary measure that would save lives. Except you'd have to pay a LOT of guards to save even one life. I don't know, would it be worth it, if it weren't the life of you or a family member?

bob moffit

@ Pissy Autism mom

"What does act responsibly mean? The FBI should be getting people off of psych meds? Take his rifle away from him? Lock him up before he commits a crime? Vaguely blaming the FBI is not a course of action. Let's hear it bob... What law did the the FBI fail to enforce?"

With all due respect ... my comment "vaguely blamed" the FBI for failing to do THEIR job ... which was to investigation whether or not the information they received .. from someone who "saw something and said something" .. about a young man in their district who had BOTH .. the weapons and opportunity .. as well as the stated intention .. he was planning on becoming a "professional school shooter".

It is NOT the FBI's job to "get people off psych meds" .. nor is it the FBI's job to identify and warn public which "psych meds are safe and effective treatment for mental health".

However .. it is the responsibility of mental health experts and pharmaceutical industry to explain why a 2010 study of 484 evaluable drugs .. over a 69 month reporting period .. showed 780,169 serious adverse reactions of all kinds .. including 384 homicides and 896 homicide ideation episodes ... should be continued being prescribed as a "safe and effective treatment" for those diagnosed with mental health problems?

And so .. I ask you .. do you believe me to be "whining" when I simply ask WHY ....

"Despite 22 international drug regulatory warnings on psychiatric drugs citing effects of mania, hostility, violence and even homicidal ideation, and dozens of high profile school shootings/killings tied to psychiatric drug use, there has yet to be a federal investigation on the link between psychiatric drugs and acts of senseless violence."?

I think we agree it would be ludicrous to expect the FBI to conduct a "federal investigation of a link between psychiatric drugs and acts of senseless violence" .. that investigation belongs solely within the purview of public/mental health experts and the pharmaceutical industry?

And so .. my question to you is ... do you agree we are long past due "whining" about conducting a "federal investigation on the link between psychiatric drugs and acts of senseless violence"?

Angus Files

The budget at the CDC for vaccines is taking a big cut hopefully we will end up with less med-crazed people about maybe the money men will look elsewhere to make money and not the vulnerable of society.

"When it comes to keeping America healthy prevention is often the best medicine. But hundreds of millions of dollars are being funneled away from the Centers for Disease Control Prevention and Public Health Fund. December’s tax reform law stripped $750 million dollars from the program, moving that money to the childhood Health Insurance Program, or CHIP, instead. And this week, President Trump signed a bill cutting $1.35 billion from the PPHF over the next 10 years. In addition, funding is not being renewed for global health initiatives which monitor outbreaks overseas, including Ebola. So where does the CDC go from here? Yesterday, I spoke with Ashley Yaeger, an associate editor with The Scientist who has been covering the story.

Tell us what is the PPHF? what does it do?"

Pharma For Prison


Jeannette Bishop

Apologies for a rather off-topic and not broadly applicable comment...for those in California who might have not heard of this petition yet and might be interested in signing...


....The pseudoscience LIES of the drug racket known as "psychiatry", have done, and continue to do, far more harm than good....

Rebecca Lee

Vaccine injury/ mercury poisoning and/or lead poisoning.

Joanie Calem

Medications mixed with incredibly easy access to weapons of war and mass distruction is a lethal combination. Mental illness exists in other parts of the world, but the regularity of mass shootings only happens on the USA. And the USA is also the only place that allows civilians to buy these weapons. If we want to actually help stop these events, we need to tackle many factors. I agree that medication is a big issue, but access to semi-automatic guns is also central to the problem. If someone had a mental illness but can’t buy a semi-automatic weapon, the likelihood of this happening drops significantly.

Pissy Autism Mom

What does act responsibly mean? The FBI should be getting people off of psych meds? Take his rifle away from him? Lock him up before he commits a crime? Vaguely blaming the FBI is not a course of action. Let's hear it bob... What law did the the FBI fail to enforce? The FBI works for the public good. Its your kind of sit-on-your-hands and whine/comment on blogs that allows the slaughter to continue. Drinking and driving is illegal. Yet people on psych meds are legally allowed to have guns. We are a nation of laws, and big databases - that include psych med usage. You want a law or do you just want to whine?

bob moffit

Almost all discussions of latest school shooting tragedy are now focused on the inexcusable, incomprehensible failure of the FBI and local law enforcement .. after having been warned the perpetrator was indicating behaviors that were a "clear and present" danger not only to himself .. but .. the community in which he lived, specifically the schools from which he had already been expelled for behavior the school believed to be threatening to all.

There should be no doubt, the failure of the FBI especially is most egregious .. because they are among the loudest voices in the country urging citizens that "see something .. say something". After being TOLD that this deeply troubled young man was a clear and present danger to all in his community .. the FBI DID NOTHING.

Consider this "2010 study" regarding the "clear and present" .. acknowledged and recognized dangers associated with prescribed drugs for the "mentally ill":

"In the 69-month reporting period we identified 484 evaluable drugs that accounted for 780,169 serious adverse event reports of all kinds. This total included 1,937 (0.25%) cases meeting the violence criteria. The violence cases included 387 reports of homicide, 404 physical assaults, 27 cases indicating physical abuse, 896 homicidal ideation reports, and 223 cases described as violence-related symptoms."

780,169 "serious adverse events" .. which were identified as being related to "medications" routinely prescribed as "treatment" for the mentally ill.

Surely this "study" has "saw something, said something" .. yet .. that study has been IGNORED ... just the same as the FBI ignored their warnings of a "clear and present" danger in their community.


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