SSRI's and Crime

Georgia Smith, Jacksonville State University
Donald Shaver, Jacksonville State University

Selective Sertonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRI) , a class of medications including the prescription drugs Prozac, Paxil, and Zoloft, have received rapid and widespread acceptance among medical and treatment personnel. For instance, Prozac was introduced in 1989 and by 1991, 5.5 million people had been prescribed this medication. SSRI's are prescribed for a variety of problem behaviors, including addiction, aggression, and depression. However, little is known about the use of these medications by offenders. As part of a larger study of SSRI use and recidivism among offenders in a court ordered treatment program, this paper presents results of a survey of selected pharmaceutical representatives, physicians and treatment personnel regarding their attitudes and perceptions concerning this class of medications.

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Updated 05/20/2006