Pro-Wrestler Chris Benoit: Another Tragic Example of the Link Between Psychiatric Drugs and Senseless Violence
NewÃ‚Â information fuels call for full disclosure by Virginia Tech panel and federal investigation into drug-induced homicide
18 July Ã‚Â 07
For immediate Ã‚Â release
Toxicology reports today Ã‚Â revealed that pro wrestler Chris Benoit, who murdered his wife and Ã‚Â seven-year-old son before committing suicide last month, was taking psychiatric Ã‚Â drugs (Xanax), in addition to steroids and painkillers at the time of Ã‚Â the murder/suicide.
The Citizens Commission on Ã‚Â Human Rights, a psychiatric watchdog group, says this revelation has Ã‚Â once again focused the nation’s attention on the increasing correlation Ã‚Â between psychiatric drugs and acts of seemingly inexplicable Ã‚Â violence.
As with the Virginia Tech Ã‚Â shooter Seung-Hui Cho, the public has been anxious to learn about Benoit’s Ã‚Â prescription drug use, which has now been made public.
However, Ã‚Â the reports on the investigation into Cho’s mental health treatment Ã‚Â history and records have been disturbingly inconsistent. The public has a Ã‚Â right to know the facts about what may have caused Cho to commit these Ã‚Â atrocities, yet contradictory statements and undisclosed information have Ã‚Â increasingly obscured the facts and left the public confused about the extent Ã‚Â of Cho’s psychiatric treatment history and prescription drug Ã‚Â use.
On April 18, The New York Times Ã‚Â reported, officials said prescription medications related to the Ã‚Â treatment of psychological problems had been found among Mr. Cho’s effects.Ã‚Â Ã‚Â However, investigators later denied that any prescription medication was Ã‚Â found among Cho’s belongings, yet The New York Times was Ã‚Â obviously given this information by someone. Moreover, Cho’s roommate, Joseph Ã‚Â Aust, still maintains that Cho took prescription drugs as part of his morning Ã‚Â routine, though no mention has been made of what prescription drugs he was taking.
Although officials have Ã‚Â reported that Cho’s toxicology results did not show psychiatric drugs in Ã‚Â Cho’s system, the actual toxicology reports have not been released. Ã‚Â Without viewing the actual toxicology report, the public has no way Ã‚Â to know whether tissue samples were tested to see if Cho was in withdrawal Ã‚Â from antidepressants or other drugs at the time of the murder/suicide Ã‚Â which would explain Cho’s roommate’s statements that he witnessed Cho Ã‚Â taking prescription medications. This is an important factor, seeing that Ã‚Â several psychiatric drugs will not show up in blood tests even if the Ã‚Â person was in severe withdrawal from the drugs, so tissue samples must be Ã‚Â tested to accurately determine if drugs were a factor.
It was widely reported Ã‚Â that Cho never received psychiatric counseling following hisÃ‚Â recommended outpatient treatment, yet it has now been revealed by Dr. Ã‚Â Les Saltzberg, director of the New River Valley Community Services Board, that Ã‚Â Cho did in fact show up for mandated outpatient treatment. Also, James W. Ã‚Â Stewart III, the state mental health inspector general, confirmed that Cho Ã‚Â made an appointment with the Cook Counseling Center, and that treatment Ã‚Â generally begins in that first session. What was the extent of that Ã‚Â treatment? What do Cho’s medical records reveal? Had Cho taken prescription drugs? Ã‚Â Was he in withdrawal from psychiatric drugs?
In order to truly Ã‚Â understand what is causing the recent spate of school shootings, psychiatric drug Ã‚Â use must be fully investigated, given the fact that eight school shooters Ã‚Â under the influence of antidepressants have resulted in 29 dead, 62 wounded Ã‚Â since 1998.
International drug Ã‚Â warnings substantiate the need for a full investigation into the Ã‚Â psychiatric drug-violence link; 11 international drug regulatory agencies have Ã‚Â warned of side effects associated with psychiatric drugs. The U.S. Food Ã‚Â and Drug Administration and drug regulators in the UK, Australia, Canada, Ã‚Â Japan and Germany have issued warnings that antidepressants and other Ã‚Â psychiatric drugs can cause suicide, homicidal ideation, hostility, psychosis, Ã‚Â psychotic depression, akathisia (severe restlessness), hypomania Ã‚Â (abnormal excitement), agitation, anxiety, irritability, impulsivity, mania Ã‚Â and hallucinations.
The public has a right to Ã‚Â full disclosure regarding the psychiatric drug use of Seung-Hui Cho and Ã‚Â all the other school shooters whose medical records have not been released Ã‚Â before the psychiatric/pharmaceutical industry calls for more kids being Ã‚Â put on potentially violence-inducing drugs, creating more time bombs in Ã‚Â our nation’s schools.