Increased risk of homicide linked with use of certain painkillers

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Researchers in Finland analyzed data on the impact that prescription drug use had on 959 convicted murderers, prior to them committing murder. One such drug, benzodiazepines, used to treat anxietyand insomnia, increased the likelihood by 45% that a person would commit a homicide. The greatest increase was associated with opiate painkillers, which raised the likelihood to 92%.Via Medical News Today. Posted June 9, 2015.

–Alanna McCatty


Alanna McCatty

Alanna McCatty

Alanna McCatty is founder and CEO of McCatty Scholars, an organization that devises and implements financial literacy programs for students to combat the nationwide issue of the loss of educational opportunity due to the ramifications of burdensome student debt. At MedShadow, she reports on new findings and research on the side effects of prescription drugs. She is a graduate of Pace University.


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