At the Daily Kos, it is argued that Adam Lanza might very well have been on some form of psychopharmaceutical medication before his rampage in Newtown, CT, which started with his mother and ended at Sandy Hook Elementary School:
According to a neighbor of Adam Lanza he was on medication for some type of personality disorder.
Yesterday, I speculated that AP reports of his condition suggested to me he was medicated for it. I sloppily slung together a diary trying to force my concerns to the surface and the diary didn’t get the kind of attention I feel this topic deserves.
I am deeply troubled by the potential toxic side effects of long-term prescription drug use of psychotropics.
First, drugs are typically approved based on clinical trials of adults with fully developed brains. A child may be prescribed psychotropics as young as age 5.
I challenge anyone to locate a significant peer-reviewed clinical trial of psychotropics where all test subjects are pre-pubescent.
Whereas antipsychotic drugs are not approved by the Food and Drug Administration for children; the FDA’s “black box warning” states antidepressants increase the risk of suicidal thinking and behavior in children and adolescents with psychiatric disorders; and drug safety experts have recommended additional “black box” warnings be placed on ADHD drugs: for the increased risk of stroke and heart attack;
Second, duration of testing on subjects does not span several years. Although FDA approval may take up to 8 years from drug synthesis to market, actual prescription schedules in studies do not sustain beyond typical usage periods in the real world.
It’s possible that we are rearing a generation of children who are the very first to be put on psychotropics so early and so long…
[continues at the Daily Kos]