A new study published in the journal World Psychiatry (June 1 edition, not yet found on the web) found that several classes of prescription medications — including antidepressant drugs, tranquilizers and anti-inflammatory painkillers — markedly increased the chances of someone murdering another human being.
This link has long been suspect in antidepressants, which have been repeatedly linked to mass school shootings in the United States.
“I think that these chemical substances affect the impulse control of the person,” Dr. Jari Tiihonen, lead author and a professor, told Medical Daily. “The only surprising result was that painkillers also increase the risk.”
According to the study’s findings:
• Antidepressant drugs increased the risk of committing homicide by 31%.
• Tranquilizers increased the risk of committing homicide by 45%.
• Opioid pain relievers increased the risk of committing homicide by 92%.
• Anti-inflammatory painkillers increased the risk of committing homicide by 200%.
Headache or homicide – or both?