March 31, 2008

Was school shooter Eric Harris taking Luvox?

Recently, TIME magazine seemed to undermine earlier reports in the press that Eric Harris was taking the Prozac knock-off  Luvox at the time he committed the tragic murders at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. Seemingly based on unpublished video tapes, TIME said that Harris stopped taking his Luvox in order to fan his anger. The magazine did not state whether he had done this at the time of the shootings. Also omitted was the data that stopping a Prozac-like drug such as Luvox can cause withdrawal problems , including mania and aggression.

However, there is incontrovertible evidence that Eric Harris was in fact taking Luvox at the time he committed the murders.   Through Freedom of Information, Dr. Peter Breggin obtained a report from the manufacturer of Luvox, Solvay, to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Solvay reported that the autopsy findings on Eric Harris showed that he had a “therapeutic” (that is, effective) level of Luvox in his body at the time of his death. Therefore, Eric Harris was taking and was under the influence of Luvox at the time of the school shootings.

Dr. Breggin discusses these issues in much greater detail in his new book, Reclaiming Our Children: A Healing Solution For a Nation In Crisis . Using many citations from the scientific literature, he devotes a chapter in the book to showing how antidepressant and stimulant drugs can cause psychoses and violence in children.