Remember when I said that Stephen Kazmierczak meds had nothing to do with the shooting? I stand corrected…sort of.

It turns out that Kazmierczak was on three drugs, Prozac, Xanax, and Ambien. Prozac is an anti-depressant which as I stated before should have still been in his system at the time that he stopped taking it. Xanax is an anti-anxiety drug kind of like Valium. I’ve been prescribed Xanax before. After taking one the only thing I wanted to do was sleep, so I don’t think it was the Xanax. Ambien is a drug that is supposed to help you sleep. In a lot of cases it does the exact opposite at best.

A few years ago there was a member of my family who was prescribed Ambien for sleep. Whenever they took an Ambien to try and sleep they would end up being up for hours in a stupor like state. It got to the point where I didn’t want to be around them when they were on Ambien and I was worried for their own safety. Luckily when I expressed my concerns they realized what Ambien was doing to them and stopped taking it. In my personal opinion I think Ambien is a danger and should be taken off the market.

There have been instances where people arrested for car accidents have claimed that they were on Ambien and didn’t even remember that they were driving. Can I draw the conclusion that Ambien caused Kazmierczak to on his killing spree? Logically, no. Only by anecdotal evidence would I try and make that conclusion. However I don’t think it should be ruled out.

(Trench Reynolds blogs about school violence at TheTrenchcoat Chronicles)

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