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Response to MADem (Reply #65)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 10:46 PM

72. Far from confusing causation with correlation.......

You said, "You are confusing correlation with causation, and you're (I trust unwittingly) insulting people who are using these medications to control depression or mood disorders or what-have-you, and who have never, ever, not once, had the urge to go out and shoot up a classroom. I'm not a patron of the pills but even I can see that, and I can understand why they are angered and insulted."

I am saying that there is a very strong correlation between the administration of these drugs and the rise in rampage killings. When there is a strong enough correlation, you need to pay attention. You need to investigate. No one is doing that; instead, they are going after guns. I don't think that's going to do anyone any good.

I am NOT, once again, insulting people who take these drugs, NOT EVEN THE ONES WHO GO ON RAMPAGE KILLINGS. They are victims, too. What I am saying is that we have 31 million Americans on these drugs, most of whom have had little or no oversight by their medical professionals, either when they begin the drug, or when their dosage is changed, and THAT is a recipe for disaster when almost FIVE PERCENT of this group have been shown to experience violent, suicidal and homicidal rages as a side effect of taking these drugs. This is a FACT that is not disputed, even by the drug companies who sell these compounds. Do the math. Five percent of 31 million? Lots of violent people out there, but it has NOTHING to do with the rise in these types of killings? Yeah, right.

You said, "Why not blame doctors for not carefully monitoring side effects and making adjustments as required? That seems like a more productive tack than blaming the medications that work very well for some people, if the comments on this website are to be believed."

And what makes you think that I am NOT blaming them? I have said before that these patients need oversight. They need to be monitored VERY closely, as in hospitalization, when they go on the drugs, or when their dosage has changed.

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