Dr. Bridget Melson was on the show last week stressing the importance of parents being parents (not your child’s friend), less electronics, more face time, and God. With the Parkland school shooting still fresh in all our minds, she delves into another aspect of our culture that needs to be addressed… mind altering drugs. Not illegal drugs. Those drugs that too many doctors are prescribing all too often to kids at younger and younger ages. What are we doing?!?!
Take a look at some hard facts (and a small sample of my research) that have been checked and cross checked and let me show you some sobering statistics (taken from “The Spiral Notebook…” Singular, 238) and then I will show you how and why this all can be prevented:
Shooter(s) ~~ Drugs prescribed:
Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris age—Columbine Shooting ~~ Zoloft then Luvox
Jeff Weise—Killed family members, 10 students, wounded 12 ~~ Prozac
Cory Baadsgaard—held 23 classmates hostage with a rifle ~~ Paxil
Chris Fetters age 13—killed family members ~~ Prozac
Christopher Pittman age 12—killed family members ~~ Zoloft
Kip Kingle—shot parents, classmates, injured 22 ~~ Prozac
Jason Hoffman—shot classmates ~~ Effexor
Elizabeth Bush—school shooting ~~ Paxil
Luke Woodham—killed family and students ~~ Prozac
And this is only the tip of the proverbial psychotropic iceberg.