Every time one of these shootings happens, the debate becomes about gun regulation. But my first thought is always, “I wonder what psychotropic drug he was on.”
So I Googled Dylann Roof to find out. From the Daily Beast, according to a classmate, “He was like a pill popper, from what I understood. Like Xanax, and stuff like that.”
Assuming this is not mere hearsay…. Xanax is a brand name for alprazolam, which belongs to a group of drugs called benzodiazepine, which are “able to induce aggressive behaviour.”
Reported adverse events include “(1) anger or violence, (2) impulsive, suicidal, or self-harming behavior, (3) depression, (4) mania, (5) schizophrenia….”
This class of drugs has been “associated with violence and other antisocial behavior”.
In one double-blind, placebo-controlled study, there was “a significant increase in dyscontrol in patients with borderline personality disorder who were taking alprazolam”.
But all the media wants to talk about is guns.