Study Shows Rise in Antidepressant Use Cuts Crime

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  • Hey everybody


    Does anyone subscribe to the magazine, "Psychology Today?"  I actually don't but often pick it up when I see it at the book store.  They had some really interesting tidbits of news in the April issue.


    Of particular interest was that according to FBI reports crime rates around the country are actually going down.  So this is good news.  Do you have any clue as to why this may be happening?


    I will wait here for your hypotheses.


    Give up?


    Some people say that the reason may be in part due to psychiatric medications.  Yes indeed!  Who are these people?  Dave Marcotte of the University of Maryland and Sara Markowitz of Emory University who wrote a report entitled, "A Cure for Crime:  Psychopharmaceuticals and Crime Trends." They hypothesize that many violent criminals suffer from severe mental illness and so medications to treat mental illness may prevent crimes from happening. 

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    They say that in looking at a ten year period, the incidence of violent crimes dropped as psychopharmaceutical prescriptions increased. 


    One of the researchers even postulated that a ten percent increase in prescriptions for antidepressants and stimulants such as Ritalin would prevent approximately 10,000 violent crimes in the United States.


    So maybe my son's neurologist had something when she said that maybe we would all be better off if Prozac was put into in the drinking water.  :>)


    What are your thoughts?  Do you think this is too farfetched?  A coincidental correlation?  Or are antidepressants more beneficial to society than we realize?


    Let us know what you think...we always love to hear form you.



Published On: April 08, 2010