Some Psychiatric Drugs May Be Linked to Higher Homicide Risk

An study of people convicted of homicides found that using benzodiazepines was associated with a 45% increased risk of doing so.

A study analyzing the Finnish homicide and prescription drug databases discovered that the use of certain drugs that affect the central nervous system are associated with an increased risk of committing a homicide.

The greatest risk was associated with the use of painkillers and tranquillizing benzodiazepines, while anti-depressants were linked only to a slightly elevated risk. The study is the first one of its kind in the world.

Professor Jari Tiihonen’s research group analyzed the use of prescription drugs of 959 persons convicted of a homicide.

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