The Las Vegas Journal-Review is reporting that medical records state mass murderer Stephen Paddock was prescribed an antidepressant just a few months before his shooting rampage at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival on Sunday night.
The report states:
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.
According to the FDA, diazepam can produce “confusion, withdrawal symptoms, euphoria, increased anxiety/anxiety, panic, irritability, delirium, aggressiveness/aggression, numbed emotions, instability, restlessness, agitation, inappropriate behavior, delusions, rage, hallucinations, nightmares, confusional or paranoid psychosis/psychoses” in up to 10 percent of users. Another side effect is anterograde amnesia, or “blackouts.”
Use of alcohol in combination with diazepam can make the side effects even worse.
Diazepam has also been reportedly found in former ISIS hideouts. While some reports suggest the drug was used to combat anxiety and PTSD, others suggest the drug was used to make ISIS fighters more aggressive in battle.
ISIS has claimed responsibility for the Las Vegas shooting, claiming Paddock had converted to Islam a few months prior to the attack. Although it provided no evidence to back the claim, ISIS has never before claimed responsibility for an attack to which it wasn’t at least loosely connected.