Psychotropic Medication May Lower Rates Of Violent Reoffending Among Release Prisoners

Healio (11/1, Oldt) reports, “Rates of violent reoffending were lower among released prisoners in Sweden when they were dispensed antipsychotics, psychostimulants and medication for addictive disorders,” researchers found after analyzing “data from population-based registers for 22,275 released prisoners in Sweden.”

HealthDay (11/1, Preidt) reports, “Antidepressants and antiepileptics” appeared not to “have an effect on violent crime rates, the study found.” While “psychological treatments targeting general criminal attitudes and substance abuse also helped lower the likelihood of violent crimes,” the effects “weren’t stronger than those for medications, the researchers said.” The findings were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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— “Psychiatric Drugs May Reduce Ex-Prisoners’ Violent Crime Rate,” Robert Preidt, HealthDay, November 1, 2016.

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