Anti-anxiety drugs are highly addictive, hard to withdraw from and carry strong FDA warnings such as, homicidal ideation. Colorado TV news, KUSA, reported on July 22, that “Evan Ebel had an anti-anxiety drug in his system when he was killed during a shootout with Texas deputies in March, according to toxicology results released Monday.
Ebel is accused of killing Colorado’s Department of Corrections Director Tom Clements and pizza delivery driver Nate Leon. He then fled to Texas where he was involved in a police chase and shootout with sheriff’s deputies.”
Anti-anxiety drugs are also referred to as Benzodiazepines and include Xanax, Klonopin, Ambien and Ativan. Other side effects include sleep-driving, amnesia, depression, hallucinations, delusional thinking, suicide risk and attempts, violence and hostility.
Unfortunately, Benzodiazepines are not only prescribed for mental health symptoms, they are also prescribed when someone has trouble sleeping. Like most of the psychotropics, the individual is not informed of the risks and the alternatives of the drug and we, the public, are put at risk by those who are experiencing the adverse effects mentioned above.
It may benefit us, the public, to ensure that we help to educate our friends, family and our community so that we can begin to halt the homicidal actions of those who are on these drugs.