Las Vegas Shooter Was Prescribed Anti-Anxiety Meds

(HEADLINE HEALTH) Reports out of Nevada indicate that madman Stephen Paddock was recently prescribed the anti-anxiety drug diazepam (Valium).

Fox News reports that the Las Vegas gunman was prescribed Diazepam (Valium) in June. PHOTO: Tmeers91,CC

Known side effects of this powerful drug include “rage and violence.” The drug reportedly “may provoke suicidal tendencies or acts.”

WebMD lists all of the following as known side effects of diazepam:

  • Abnormal Nervous System Function Affecting Mental Alertness
  • Confused
  • Problem Behavior
  • Feeling Agitated
  • Thoughts of suicide

The website for the drug addiction recovery organization Narconon International states:

“With Valium, these effects can include fits of rage or violence, aggression, excitement, irritability and hostility. A person may lose control of his impulses which can lead to anti-social behavior, especially among the very young and elderly. Some people may consider suicide. Others may become emotionally blunted.” [Emphasis added.]

While these known facts have been reported by multiple credible authorities, what is not known is why highly trained medical professionals who have pledged to “first, do no harm” would direct that this substance be placed inside a human body …

[The headline of this story has been updated to describe diazepam as an anti-anxiety medication; the original post described it as an anti-depressant.]


Valium known to trigger aggressive behavior 

(FOX NEWS) Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock was prescribed an anti-anxiety drug in June, the Las Vegas Review-Journal has reported.

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The paper, citing records from the Nevada Prescription Monitoring Program, reported Tuesday that Paddock was prescribed 50, 10-milligram diazepam tablets by a physician on June 21.

“The drug could trigger aggressive behavior”

The brand name of the drug is Valium. The report said the drug could trigger aggressive behavior.

Authorities investigating the mass killing may look to a “psychological autopsy” to try to uncover what led Paddock to open fire into a crowd at a country music concert.

Jim Clemente, a retired FBI profiler, said in an interview that if Paddock’s suicide did not destroy his brain, experts could find some kind of neurological disorder or malformation.

“The genetics load the gun, personality and psychology aim it, and experiences pull the trigger, typically,” Clemente said. He pointed out that Paddock’s father — a bank robber — was diagnosed a psychopath. READ THE FULL STORY AT FOXNEWS.COM.