Congressman Looks Into Meds’ Role in Navy Yard Shooting


Representative Jeff Miller, Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, is looking into the role psychiatric medication may have played in the shootings at the Navy Yard that left 12 people and the shooter, Aaron Alexis, dead. “Interestingly enough, one of the medications that (Alexis) received does have a side effect that could in fact have been a problem,” Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, told radio station WTOP. “We’re asking the VA for a little more information as to what they prescribed, why they prescribed it, how much was prescribed.”

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Kermit Cole
Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected].


  1. I disbelieve entirely that “the government” is unaware of the dangers of these drugs. I think publicly, they lie, because they are not capable of handling the gigantic mess there’d be on their hands if they validated and confirmed the reality that so many people already know. Not much different from “aliens” – denying truth and reality, for a reason.

    The government recently decided to torture American citizens (again) by stating “that they’re threatening to shut down the government and stop paying the country’s bills.” The way I see it, they are not informing people about what’s going on – they’re rousting and stirring the pot. They made the same “threat” a few years ago. They’re LIARS.

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  2. Judges believe the psychiatric drugs are medications, because they are told they are medications by doctors.

    Very few people in positions of power have personally taken the psychiatric drugs.

    A medicine has a start and finish date, a drug does not have a finish date.

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  3. Thanks Duane.
    I just watched the 7pm CBS news and there was no mention that the killer was on drugs/medications. They say he was under a delusion he was under a low sound frequency attack. If he did think this I wonder why he did not flee to the country or desert.

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