There has always been a veil of mystery unfolding over prescription drugs that affect the central nervous system. Whether they are called anti-depressants, anti-anxiety medication or painkillers, they are all prone of activating certain processes in our brains that sometimes seriously affect our judgement. Scientists have linked prescription drugs that play with our brains to an increased risk of committing homicide.
The process is simple. Once one swallows a pill, benefits from suppressed chaotic states of mind, while other processes in the brain become activated and take over our clarity of thought. Once a chemical substance is involved in brain processes, accuracy in the mind realm and lucidity become a questionable matter.
A team of researchers from Europe found that people taking a certain class of tranquilizers, known under the name of benzodiazepines, are more exposed to criminal tendencies than those who are facing their mental issues without the help of medication. Live Science recently reported the findings that come as an alarm call for all of us who are used to taking pills that make us sleep better or feel calmer.
The drugs that make our minds reflect on criminal tendencies are the ones used to treat anxiety, insomnia and panic disorders. Once a disorder is put to sleep through medication, another one seems to take its place, and it’s not one that can easily be managed or overcome. Pain relievers such as opioid medications and anti-inflammatories are also known to increase a person’s risk of homicide.
What happens is that everything falls out of control, when the active substances from certain drugs take the place of our conscience and consciousness. It seems that painkillers also fall into the category of drugs that heighten the risk to grow criminal behavior among presumably normal people.
The study was based on data collected from 960 men and women in Finland, with ages ranging from 13 to 88, who were all convicted with homicide. To gather the relevant results, each person who committed homicide was compared with 10 other innocent people of the same age and gender, living in the same town. After comparison, tests and analysis, the findings showed that most of all, tranquilizers increased the risk of committing homicide by no less than 45%, while antidepressants use heightened the risk to 31%.
The most surprising finding was related to the use of anti-inflammatory pain relievers, tied to an increase of more than 200% in the risk of committing homicide. This is quite shocking, taking into account that many of us use pain relievers on a very common basis. This being said and such results being revealed, we must certainly take care of the way we manage our physical pain, because our brains are surely not something we can play with.
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