CCHR Plea to Law Enforcement “What Psychiatric Drug was Omar Mateen on?”

Another horrific example of the connection between psychotropic drugs and violence is the Adam Lanza story. On December 14th 2012 Adam Lanza attacked students and adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut leaving 20 children and 6 adults dead.

The Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR), a non-profit mental health watchdog dedicated to the eradication of abuses committed under the guise of mental health, is asking law enforcement and the FBI to look into the psychiatric background of Omar Mateen as part of an ongoing effort to expose the deadly link between psychiatric drugs and violence.

Being called the deadliest mass shooting by a single gunman in U.S. history, the tragedy in Orlando may be another example of the link between psychiatric drugs and violence. Unfortunately every mass shooting over the past 20 years has had one thing in common, the shooters, Eric Harris, Jeff Weise, Kip Kinkel, Michael Carneal to name a few, were either actively taking psychotropic drugs or had been at some point in the past before they committed their crimes. What is not being considered is that these medications have Black Box Warnings that per the FDA can cause homicide, suicide and a host of other disturbing side effects.

“CCHR is demanding that the link between psychiatric drugs and violence be investigated and that the prescribing psychiatrists be held accountable for their actions,” stated Diane Stein President of CCHR Florida.

Another horrific example of the connection between psychotropic drugs and violence is the Adam Lanza story. On December 14th 2012 Adam Lanza attacked students and adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut leaving 20 children and 6 adults dead. On December 17th 2012 Connecticut police reached Dr. Fox to interview him about the Adam Lanza case.

Just six months earlier, the 59 year old psychiatrist had been accused of second-degree sexual assault of a female patient while practicing as a psychiatrist in Brookfield, Connecticut. The patient in question was 19 years old, and state records show that Fox prescribed her “three to four” psychiatric drugs and also gave her free samples. Following this accusation, Dr. Fox voluntarily gave up his license to practice in New York and Connecticut and began working as a psychiatrist in New Zealand, almost 9,000 away from his former office. During the call with the Connecticut police Fox stated that the only records he had brought to New Zealand were billing records and that all of his medical records pertaining to clients he treated in the United States were “currently in storage in the United States.” Twenty-four hours after that call, Dr. Fox contacted the Connecticut police, telling them that any medical records pertaining to Adam Lanza had been destroyed. Based on the investigative records Fox last saw Lanza in 2007, which means Dr. Fox destroyed Lanza’s psychiatric records two years earlier than the law allows. In New Zealand, Dr. Fox worked for the Waikato District Health Board (DHB). A statement from the DHB said Dr. Fox was employed for 19 months before returning to the U.S. During his time in New Zealand, he treated Nicky Stevens, the son of local politician Dave Macpherson. Nicky died while under psychiatric care. Dr. Fox was de-registered by the New Zealand Medical Council in February 2014.

When Dr. Fox moved back to Maine he discovered his sexual abuse of patients in Connecticut had not been forgotten by the authorities. He was arrested at his home in Peaks Island, Maine on April 20th 2016 by detectives and Homeland Security Agents and charged with three counts of second-degree sexual assault. Dr. Fox had prescribed the antidepressant, Lexapro for Adam. Both Adam and his mother Nancy were reluctant to use the medication. Kathleen Koenig, a nurse specialist in psychiatry at the Yale Child Study Center convinced them to try it. When Lanza’s mother reported adverse reactions to this drug and then later to the Celexa Lanza was prescribed, another SSRI antidepressant drug, she was labeled “non-compliant” and her concerns were ignored.

Celexa comes with warnings that it can cause suicidal behavior, suicide attempts and suicidal ideation, aggression, hostility (predominantly aggression, oppositional behavior and anger) and/or related behavior. Lexapro comes with warnings that it can increase suicidal thoughts or actions, hostility or aggressive behavior. Changing dosages or suddenly stopping the medication can also create these behaviors.

On April 14th 2016 Connecticut Superior Court Judge Barbara Bellis ruled that a lawsuit can proceed against Bushmaster, the manufacturer of the weapon used by Adam Lanza in his attack. Bushmaster argued it is protected by a 2005 federal law blocking lawsuits against gun makers when their products were used in the commission of crimes, but the judge declined to dismiss the lawsuit.

It’s interesting to note that the 114 page report “Shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School” written by the Office of the Child Advocate for the State of Connecticut sums up the responsibility for the shooting by saying, “Finally, none of the findings in this report should be interpreted as exculpating (freeing from blame) or reducing Adam Lanza’s accountability for his actions…In the end only he, and he alone, bears responsibility for this monstrous act.” Adam Lanza killed himself after committing the murders.

“Putting all the blame on Lanza lets the true criminal off the hook. The psychiatrist who prescribed this troubled young man pharmaceuticals with known violent side effects is the real culprit in this tragedy,” said Diane Stein.

About CCHR: Established by the Church of Scientology and renowned psychiatrist Dr. Thomas Szasz in 1969, CCHR’s mission is to eradicate abuses committed under the guise of mental health and enact patient and consumer protections. It was L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology, who brought the terror of psychiatric imprisonment to the notice of the world. In March 1969, he said, “Thousands and thousands are seized without process of law, every week, over the ‘free world’ tortured, castrated, killed. All in the name of ‘mental health.’” For more information visit,


Photo: Contributed / Brookfield Police Department

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