The Columbine gunmen and their medications.
Eric Harris’ prescription was for Luvox, an anti-depressant medication commonly used to treat patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder. He was first described another anti-depressant medication called Zoloft; but after using it for a while, he reported having suicidal and homicidal thoughts. As these issues were thought to be a result of the medication, they changed it to Luvox. However, they only changed the brand; not the type of medication.
These drugs are typically tested for safety and efficacy in adults but are also widely prescribed to children and teenagers. Doctors make dosage adjustments based on the patient’s weight. Luvox is generally prescribed to patients whose obsessions or compulsions cause them distress, consume time, or interfere with their daily activities.
Dylan Klebold’s medical records weren’t released, but according to his parents he wasn’t prescribed any medication/s to treat mental illness. However, at the time of his death, the police found two half-empty bottles of Saint-John’s-wort, an herb believed to elevate mood and combat mild depression. His mother Sue asked one of Dylan’s friends if he knew that Dylan had been taking it. Dylan told him he hoped it would increase his “motivation.”