In the wake of the tragic mass shooting that occurred during a 4th of July parade in Highland Park, Fox News host Tucker Carlson touched on a subject that few others in the media are discussing – namely, the dramatic increase of prescribed selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) amid the alarming uptick of suicides and mass shootings in the country.
It’s a topic thought to be taboo in some circles, in suggesting the very medications meant to help those enduring mental health afflictions could be associated with rising suicides and mass shootings.
The Fox News host mentioned how today’s youth, particularly young males, are being handed out these SSRIs seemingly left and right – all the while, they’re being lectured about their “privilege” while facing the reality that their lives “will not be better than their parents’.”
“So a lot of young men in America are going nuts,” he said. “Are you surprised? And by the way, a shockingly large number of them have been prescribed psychotropic drugs by their doctors, SSRIs or antidepressants, and that would include quite a few mass shooters. And keep in mind again, these drugs are meant to prevent crazy behavior. And yet there seems to be a connection.”
Carlson went on to provide a list of examples of mass shooters who were coincidentally taking prescription antidepressants at the time they carried out said atrocities.
“Eric Harris, the Columbine killer was on both Zoloft and Luvox. A year earlier, a 15-year-old called Kip Kinkel shot his parents and dozens of classmates. He was on Prozac. In 2005, a 16-year-old called Jeff Weise killed his grandfather and ten kids in Minnesota. He was on Prozac too.
“So was 27-year-old Steven Kazmierczak, who murdered six people at Northern Illinois University. In 2012, you may recall when 25-year-old James Holmes walked into a movie theater and shot 82 people – he was on Zoloft. The list goes on and on and on and on.”
Over the past three decades, Carlson highlighted just how much more of these drugs are being doled out to Americans, emphasizing an increase of over 3,000% of said category of drugs being prescribed.
“Between 1991 and 2018, total SSRI prescriptions in the United States rose by more than 3,000% – 3,000% – 3,000% of anything is a massive change. You don’t see changes like that. But the point of this change was to make Americans calmer, saner, happier. Take these drugs and your problems will go away – yes, you will become numb, you will lose part of yourself, you’ll no longer experience deep joy. You’ll become part robot, but at least you won’t want to kill yourself or harm other people. That was the promise.”
The Fox News host stated that despite the promises associated with these antidepressants, he presented data on the sharp increase in suicides and mass shootings that trends alongside the rise of prescribed SSRIs which suggests that the promise of the pills isn’t being fulfilled.