The deranged psychopath responsible for the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history was on psychotropic drugs that can lead to violent behavior, according to a report out of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. This information was predictable as most mass shooters are on some type of the same medication.

It was also revealed Tuesday, that Paddock transferred $100,000 to the Philippines before the shooting. This information was given to the Journal by a source within law enforcement who was not authorized to speak publicly about this case.

As the Journal reports:

Records from the Nevada Prescription Monitoring Program obtained Tuesday show Paddock was prescribed 50 10-milligram diazepam tablets by Henderson physician Dr. Steven Winkler on June 21.

A woman who answered the phone at Winkler’s office would not make him available to answer questions and would neither confirm nor deny that Paddock was ever a patient.

Paddock purchased the drug — its brand name is Valium — without insurance at a Walgreens store in Reno on the same day it was prescribed. He was supposed to take one pill a day.

Valium, although often used as a sedative and calming medication, can have serious side effects of aggression. According to the FDA, diazepam can elicit the following side effects:

  • confusion, hallucinations, unusual thoughts or behavior;

  • unusual risk-taking behavior, decreased inhibitions, no fear of danger;

  • depressed mood, thoughts of suicide or hurting yourself;

  • hyperactivity, agitation, aggression, hostility;

“If somebody has an underlying aggression problem and you sedate them with that drug, they can become aggressive,” said Dr. Mel Pohl, chief medical officer of the Las Vegas Recovery Center. “It can disinhibit an underlying emotional state. … It is much like what happens when you give alcohol to some people … they become aggressive instead of going to sleep.”

As the Journal reports, a 2015 study published in World Psychiatry of 960 Finnish adults and teens convicted of homicide showed that their odds of killing were 45 percent higher during time periods when they were on benzodiazepines.

A year earlier, the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry published a study titled, “Benzodiazepine Use and Aggressive Behavior.” The authors wrote: “It appears that benzodiazepine use is moderately associated with subsequent aggressive behavior.”

There are most certainly people of all ages that can benefit from certain prescription medication. However, the most worrisome aspect of Paddock’s ties to this medication is that the majority of mass shooters in recent U.S. history have links to these same meds.

This is not some conspiracy theory either. The side-effects listed by the drug companies themselves include delusional thinking, suicide, and homicidal ideation.

One single psychiatric medication prescribed to help people quit smoking has been tied to an epidemic of aggression and suicide.

In only five years, 544 suicides and 1,869 attempted suicides were reported to the FDA as “adverse events” in connection with the drug Chantix, according to documents obtained by America Tonight under the Freedom of Information Act.

The website has also been documenting the link between selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and violence. On the site is a collection of over 6,000 stories that have appeared in the media (newspapers, TV, scientific journals) in which prescription drugs were mentioned and in which the drugs may be linked to a variety of adverse outcomes including violence.

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  1. This “story” is a ridiculous exaggeration, but that’s typical of the Free Hyperbole Project. Have you ever taken Valium? Ever taken a couple and had a glass of wine or a beer. Goodnight, Irene. I am gonna have to stop coming here for my fake news.

  2. This is the kind of “Yeah, but…” babbling I would expect from the lamestream media. So tell me, was the active shooter that we know was on the 4th floor (thanks to independent video) taking psychotropic drugs too, or did Ativan just give this “lone gunman” the ability to be in two places at once in addition to making him a deranged killer?

    Save yourselves any further embarrassment and retract this article. Also, issue an apology for trying to obfuscate the few reliable facts that are available about this incident with your bogus claim of “The drugs made him do it.”

    • The crazy thing is that the drugs made him do it but it’s the assault rifle’s fault so we need to ban assault style weapons while we up the ante on drug commercials by big pharma on television!

      • I can only presume this to be thinly veiled sarcasm considering that the bullets don’t fire the gun and the dependants don’t work in Big Pharma’s marketing department.

    • Sorry but the fourth floor shooter theory based on the flashing light on a lower floor has been effectively debunked. It is some sort of strobe light. There are videos people have posted that were filmed before the shooting began that show the same flashing light. It’s understandable that people saw the vids of that light taken during the shooting and thought what they have but now with the additional footage of the same light shown before the shooting- it’s now apparent that those videos do not support the theory of a fourth floor shooter not to mention there are no busted out windows on the fourth or lower floors. This article has a video showing the flashing light that many decided was flashes from gun fire and was filmed prior to the shooting:

      • We can clear this right up in no time. Simply synchronize all the videos from all angles of these alleged strobe lights, including synchronizing the audio at the time that the shots were being fired. Mystery solved. Better still, they could show us even a single still photo/screen grab, video, or anything, of this guy with a rifle in his hand. If he had all of the cameras set up that they allege he did, there should be plenty of images for them to cherry pick from. They sure as hell always rush to do it when it supports their narrative. But this time, bupkus, zip, zilch, nada, nil. Not so much as a single pixel. A picture is worth a thousand words? In this case, so is the lack of one.

      • Possibly but i just don’t think so. came out today that he had been planning this for like a year. but still haven’t released why? and i find it hard to believe that it would be due to his political beliefs or ideology unless he was a puppet of Islam, which they still haven’t proven either….But to me, thats the only thing that makes any sense at all. I really think the girlfriend will be able to shine a light on the situation. I mean he may have sent her away before all this went down, but wouldn’t she have at least asked why? And she also lived with the guy, so wouldn’t she have questioned him about finding all those weapons in the home….Something really stinks here….

  3. The problem with Benzos is they’re so addictive that you can start going into withdrawal just by taking the same dose over time. Your tolerance rises and you start to experience the side effects of withdrawal.

  4. This is a bullshit article. Valium does not make everyone violent. Just because it is one of the side effects. It makes you sleepy more than anything. It’s a tranquilizer.

    • It’s weird that you saw “makes everyone violent” when I can’t find that anywhere. It’s also weird that it talks about how tranquilizers can make people more aggressive but you missed that. So weird how we have to totally different articles right in front of us.

  5. I was once prescribed this medication for 5 days for muscle spasms. And I remember that I became not aggressive or violently but incredibly outspoken about things that bothered that I had never been able to articulate before. Then I was the type of person who just took things and didn’t express and the diazepam somehow made me much more expressive. It didn’t make me aggressive at all, I was actually more relaxed. It may have the side effects mentioned but I think there was something else going on here.

  6. Just trolling… Anyone know his party affiliation? Every prior USA mass shooter I looked up was of the same political party, no need to say which. I haven’t been able to find Paddock’s voter registration record.

  7. Valium is NOT an anti depressant or SSRI. They might be prescribed for similar things but they are a different family of drug. No I don’t recall any of the mass shooters or killers being on Valium, while I do recall numerous cases (including one of the columbine shooters) where the killer was taking SSRI’s. You are really reaching here. Are you this desperate to ride the Vegas shooter algorithm?!

  8. Ive also been on this med for anxiety and all it does is make you relaxed. Even though different meds react differently for different people, there is no way in hell that this med would lead anyone to become aggressive or violent, just wouldn’t happen. Someone is trying a little too hard here. It wasn’t the meds, if he was even on this….

    • Can anybody explain it i thinks its all weird for someone thats never been in trouble or caused trouble never had a ticket just all of a sudden kill all those people

  9. Think of all the millions upon millions of people who take benzodiazepams, SSRIs, and other anti-depressants who DON’T commit mass murder.
    This was meticulously planned for a long, long time. Valium or Xanax didn’t cause this.

    • No they don’t. They become addicted, insomniacs, risk takers, relationship failures or just plain dead like my daughter who was on Prozac and died from a severe allergic reaction.

    • And think of the millions of people who own guns of all types who DON’T commit mass murder. These chemicals change the way the brain processes in its self-control center which is mentioned in the mile long disclaimer insert. One can think about something only so long before beginning to act. Actions take thought.

  10. The claims are greatly exaggerated….benzo’s , when taken as prescribed and in moderation are one of the safest classes of medications…… wild claims and speculation aside… they show no evidence of higher risk….. the side effect disclaimers?.. all pharmaceutical companies list any thing possible… to REDUCE liability…’we told you you may urinate black liquid’….and risk is not substantially higher for suicide on SSRI’s…. you need to compare the same risk groups…. people put on SSRI’s are generally depressed , a subset of those, have severe depression with suicidal ideation.. at a much higher rate than the general public…..and the quote I saw attributed to Paddock, was that he took diazepam, rarely.. which is valium , a benzo… not an ssri…..benzodiazepines have helped hundreds of thousands of Americans with no side effects….if the meds are mis-taken or abused, then that is entirely different however…


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