It was in 1988 that the antidepressant Prozac was discovered by Ray Fuller. In researching the history behind Prozac I ran across something not found with any other invention: a sentiment expressed by several independent sources that went something like this, “I want to kiss the person who invented Prozac!” We might all depend on the light bulb more, but we never hear anyone talk about kissing Edison. Maybe the reason for the fondness for Prozac lies behind the nature of this invention.” (Mary Bellis)
Prozac was first introduced to the US market in January 1988. It took two years for Prozac to gain its ‘most prescribed’ status. Prozac is the registered trademarked name for fluoxetine hydrochloride and the world’s most widely prescribed antidepressant to-date, the first product in a major new class of drugs for depression called selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors.
It is well documented that psychiatric drugs, particularly antidepressants, can cause a host of violent side effects including mania, psychosis, aggression and violence. As far back as 1991, CCHR helped organize dozens of individuals and experts testifying before the US FDA that people with no prior history of violence (or suicide) became homicidal and suicidal under the influence of antidepressants. It would take the FDA another 13 years to admit antidepressants could cause suicide and black box warnings were finally issued in 2004. However, despite all the documented violence-inducing side effects of these drugs, the FDA has never issued black box warnings on antidepressants causing violence or homicide despite the fact that at least 11 recent school shootings were committed by kids documented to be on or in withdrawal from psychiatric drugs.
There was a story written that stated that, “nearly every mass shooting incident in the last twenty years, and multiple other instances of suicide and isolated shootings all share one thing in common, and its not the weapons used. The overwhelming evidence points to the signal largest common factor in all of these incidents is the fact that all of the perpetrators were either actively taking powerful psychotropic drugs or had been at some point in the immediate past before they committed their crimes. How crazy and sad would this be if this was actually the case, a drug that is meant to help you, is really causing you to do harm.