Report: Prescription drug cocktail led to Pennsylvania shooting rampage
A few weeks ago, 30-year-old John F. Shick, a former mental health patient, went on a shooting rampage at the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). And while law enforcement officials were searching Shick’s apartment after the incident, they discovered a shocking 43 different medications in the man’s apartment unit that appear to have played a direct role in triggering the tragic event.
It is becoming an all-too-common occurrence, but one that deserves far more media attention than it is currently getting — psychiatric drugs so severely altering the minds of patients that they end up going on violent rampages where people are left seriously injured or dead. And in the case of Shick, it appears as though both his prescribed psychiatric drugs and treatments sent him over the edge into a drug-induced killing spree that left one man dead and five others seriously wounded.