Letters to the editor, April 16

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Test psychoactive drugs

In just about every mass-shooting event, psychoactive drugs reportedly were being taken.

I get the idea that the wrong medication or the wrong dosage, skipping the daily dose or maybe taking other drugs with it, can lead to bad results. Some drugs are even labeled a suicide risk.

State governments have been able to close mental institutions and send large numbers of persons back into the community, for better or for worse.

I lack detailed knowledge, but apparently large numbers of persons are enabled to live something like a normal life on these drugs, while a small number do terrible things. Some of the latter, viewed in retrospect, were effectively disasters waiting to happen.

I don’t have the answer, but the way things currently are, these violent episodes are a cost of closing mental institutions, a cost that it’s hard to figure how to prevent, even with extreme measures.

My best idea would be, when prescribing these drugs, to perform a kind of testing exercise involving varying the dosage a lot, plus and minus, and evaluating whether the person handles this well. This might have to be done in a hospital setting. Prescribing these drugs on an outpatient basis without much follow-up seems risky.

Ross Melton, Jr.,

Denton


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