Fort Hood Shooting – More Fallout From Psychiatric Drugs

veteranThe recent Fort Hood shooting once again brings to the surface the heavy fallout from the use of symptom based psychiatric drugs, versus source based alternative therapy, in treating our wounded veterans ~ whereas the dramatic increase in Military suicides directly coincides with the dramatic increase in dangerous psychotropic drugs:


by Allen L Roland


No one really talks about the psychic damage that combat veterans feel when they take someone’s life, regardless of the military situation ~ but the effect is real and usually manifests itself as shame based guilt whereas the innate deep need to love and accept love is quite often permanently disabled.

No amount of psychiatric drugs can ease that psychic burden and even Gen. Peter Chiarelli, the Army’s No. 2 officer, who has long been an advocate for soldiers suffering from the invisible wounds of war (such as PTSD and TBI) ~ also advocates the need for other alternative approaches ~ ” I want to understand what drugs we should use to treat these symptoms, if we should use any drugs at all. I want to look into alternative pain management. We are finding there are other ways to handle pain that are more effective and allow a person to feel a lot better than throwing a bagful of drugs at them.”  See Veterans Today Article 

America learned within hours of the April 2nd shooting at Ft. Hood that four people were dead (including the shooter) and 16 had been wounded in the attack. The shooter, 34-year old Army Specialist, Ivan Lopez, served in Iraq for four months in 2011 and according to The New York Times, Secretary of the Army, John McHugh, said Lopez had been “examined by a psychiatrist within the last month, but showed no signs that he might commit a violent act.” Secretary McHugh further explained to the Senate Armed Services Committee that Lopez had been prescribed AMBIEN, a sleep aid, and other medication to treat anxiety and depression.”

That’s what Psychiatrists primarily do ~ prescribe medicine or drugs and here are the known destructive side effects of Ambien, the drug of choice for Ivan Lopez. Here’s an example of some of the disturbing side effects of AMBIEN ~ the number #1 prescription sleep aid ~ according to the FDA, the Ambien user may experience: Hallucinations, Aggressiveness, Depression, Suicidal thoughts, Memory loss and extreme anxiery and we have many examples of this behavior including Lopez.

Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) says that rather than continually send heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims, it is time for lawmakers to investigate the connection between prescription psychiatric drugs and violence, including suicide.

Here’s an excerpt from their excellent recent wake up call to law makers ~

” The military long has been aware of the increasing number of military suicides and last August released the findings of the Department of Defense (DOD) 2013 Study title “Risk Factors Associated With Suicide in Current and Former US Military Personnel.” Although the study was based on a questions posed to current and former military personnel, nowhere in the study do the words “drugs” or “medication” appear. The DOD study did conclude in part that, “the most important finding was that mental health problems, including manic-depressive disorder, depression, and alcohol-related problems, were significantly associated with an increase in the risk of suicide.”  Yet, the study questionnaire did not ask respondents to provide information about psychiatric drugs they had been prescribed.

While psychiatric drug information did not make it onto the questionnaire, CCHR explains that there is ample data to support an investigation into the increasing number of psychotropic drugs prescribed to military personnel and the part the drugs may play in the recurring violence.”

Here are some important findings from the report ~

  •    # Since 2002, the suicide rate in the U.S. military has almost doubled.
  •    # From 2009 to 2012, more U.S. Soldiers died by suicide than from traffic accidents, heart disease, cancer and homicide.
  •    # In 2012, there were 349 suicides among active duty military personnel – more than were killed in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan.
  •    # Veterans are killing themselves at a rate of 22 a day – one every 65 minutes.
  •    # The U.S. Department of Defense now spends $2 billion a year on mental health alone.
  •    # The Veterans Administration’s mental health budget has soared from less than $3 billion in 2007 to nearly $7 billion in 2014.
  •    # From 2005 to 2011, the Department of Defense and the Veterans Administration increased their prescriptions of psychiatric drugs by nearly seven times. That’s more than thirty times faster than the civilian rate.
  •    # One in six American service members is on at least one psychiatric drug.
  •    # Thirty-seven percent of recent war veterans are being diagnosed with PTSD and 80 percent are of those are prescribed a psychiatric drug.

Colonel Bart Billings ~ clinical psychologist with a  34 year military career in both active and reserves ~ speaks out regarding the growing evidence of psychiatric drugs, over medication and violence as well as the VA’s refusal to deal with the situation. 8 minute video ~

About the Author: Allen L Roland is a Freelance Alternative Press Online columnist. He is also a practicing psychotherapist, author and lecturer who also shares a daily political and social commentary on his web site at He also guest hosts a Truthtalk, a national radio show that airs monthly. He is available for comments, interviews, speaking engagements and private consultations via email at [email protected].

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8 Responses to "Fort Hood Shooting – More Fallout From Psychiatric Drugs"

  1. yneme14  April 15, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    Fort Hood has a drug trial/experiment going on right now using Prozac on 300 soldiers with a recent history in the war zone. At it says the plan in the experiment is–if the Prozac doesn’t work, they try another drug and then another. Six months of psychiatric treatment can be a disqualifier or red flag for military recruitment–I wonder if the treatment and drugs given to a soldier in the experiments is a disqualifier or red flag. I believe once they get on the drugs–they can’t go back in the war zone. Might be an incentive for some–a deterrent for others. The military has a history of letting soldiers get experimented on.

  2. matthewmccauley  April 14, 2014 at 9:47 am

    Excellent article as always, Allen.

    “it is time for lawmakers to investigate the connection between prescription psychiatric drugs and violence, including suicide.”

    May we please stop calling our unaccountable Representatives “Lawmakers”?

    Thank you.

  3. MK  April 13, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    Here are some serious statistics about “anti-depressants.” First of all, 60 percent of the time by the admission of the drug companies, these DRUGS don’t stop depressive symptoms. THEN they add another drug to the regime which causes side effects that need more drugs. All the time, the poor patient is become sicker and more listless and messed up. If the plan is to make people feel so bad that they don’t know if they’re depressed, then these drugs work.

    I HAD PTSD…CHRONIC COMPLEX PTSD. I was given anti-depressants and they almost ruined my life. Today, I am drug-free, not depressed and working a full-time job again. THERE ARE VERY FEW PEOPLE ON ANTI-DEPRESSANTS With PTSD who can state what I just stated.

    The key to ending PTSD and depression is actually nutritional/vitamins and other supplements along with counseling and a few other things. THIS IS NOT WHAT THE V.A. IS DOING.

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  4. Chandler  April 13, 2014 at 6:57 am

    I waited a couple days before re-posting. The statistics you quote tells all about how heartless and careless the Bush family actually is. Basing a declaration of war on several blatant pre-meditated lies, then perpetuating them so a war could be declared, so this cold and callous government could send in young kids to fight a bogus war. The same kind of war lil ol Georgie boy Bush did everything he could to avoid when he went AWOL when it was his turn to fight one.
    When Kennedy sought peace, he began achieving. He meant what he said, which cost him his life. People as the callous Bush family want war. They seek war because they out no thought into anything else but what they want that serves their profiteering.
    The statistics tell it all. So easy to declare war. So easy to send other people’s children in to fight our leaders inability to resolve their differences diplomatically.
    Evey American should be commenting here about these horrific numbers you show. Yet only 3 people have left a comment. The only life they will lead was taken from them by this government follies. Now the cost we cannot meet, and no one cares. The U.S. government has no business declaring war on anything except themselves, for they have proven, they are the enemy of We the People….

  5. Chandler  April 12, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    All this is fine, but, if we learned anything from these shootings, it takes another person with a gun to stop a person (drugs or not,) with a gun. Once this shooter saw someone with a gun he came to reality and ended the spree. Sooooooo, this proves arming the public would lessen the amount of dead, and stop the shooters. So, why does this out of touch, and insulting government continue to want my guns? This shooting proved without a doubt, everyone needs to carry with proof of a gun training class.

  6. JS  April 12, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    The drug Ambien that the shooter was on, is indeed dangerous. It is touted as a sleep aid. Years ago, I recall being worried about my father’s failing health, to the point where I couldn’t sleep. My doctor prescribed Ambien as a sleep aid, saying she had used it herself after her father’s death, and it was wonderful, helped her sleep.

    Well, I took it as prescribed, and it worked the OPPOSITE. It kept me awake for 4 nights straight, so that I was dreaming while awake and walking around. On day 5 I had had more than enough, and stopped taking it. I will NEVER take it or anything like it again.

  7. captain obvious  April 11, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    they dont want to expose the reality about the drugs, they want everyone ON them as excuse to revoke peoples 2nd amendment RIGHT (privelages can be revoked not rights!), and destroying our health for profits is one of their favorite kinds of businesses, they’ve even “mandated” participation.

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