Shooter Had Psychiatric Treatment..Sort Of

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  • 04/18/2007
As this story unfolds drugwonks will highlight what appears to be the critical factor in this tragedy in order to stave off the j'accuse from the anti-medication mob who are quick to blame ever senseless act of adolescent violence on the use of drugs to treat mental illness. Now in this case it would appear that the killer was psychotic -- not depressed -- and had been through the entire judicial-mental health system before being allowed go "outpatient" where he completely lost contact with any systematic care.

So we will be interested to see how that squares with efforts by the mob and the media to draw a direct link between a single medication that may or may not have been in his system at the time he carried out his plot and the massacre.

The lunatic fringe, led by Scientologists and quacks peddling 'natural cures' for everything from Alzheimer's to schizophrenia, are already polluting the blogosphere with lies and half truths claiming that Cho Seung-Hui was on SSRIs.

As countless studies show, such medications will make people with tendencies towards violence, less not more so.

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