By John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom
February 21, 2008
Jessica Baty said that her boyfriend of two years, Steven Kazmierczak, 27, had been taking Xanax, used to treat anxiety, and Ambien, a sleep agent, as well as the antidepressant Prozac. All apparently were doctor prescribed medications.
Mr. Kazmierrczak killed five students one week ago today at Northern Illinois University before he killed himself.
CNN said that Kazmierczak had been taking the three drugs prescribed for him by his psychiatrist, prior to the Northern Illinois University killings.
We at Peace and Freedom have written about the danger of these particular drugs before. Moreover, nobody seems to know or understand what happens inside the human mind when these drugs are used in combination.
All of these drugs were found nearby the body of actor Heath Ledger after his death.
Actor Heath Ledger, 28, died January 22 at an apartment in Lower Manhattan.
Britney Spear and other troubled celebrities have also taken two or more of these drugs in combination and experienced personality changes.
Britney Spears is seen here in January 2008. Her year so far has featured admission to a hospital psychiatric unit for evaluation, a continuing custody battle with her “ex” over her children and her own custody being awarded to her natural father because a court found her a danger to herself and others, officials said.
Britney Spears: Decline Repeatedly Noted Before
February 21, 2008
From staff and wire reports
Teachers saw a young man eager to learn. His books were littered with tabs, highlighting thoughts he literally wanted at his fingertips.
“He was just devastatingly good, he would talk about ideas,” said Jim Thomas, an emeritus professor of sociology and criminology at NIU.
That makes Kazmierczak’s assault on the hall where he took his first sociology class confusing to people who knew him.
“This young man enjoyed some of the greatest satisfaction and success of his life at this institution, and why he chose to come back to here and commit this heinous crime is a mystery,” NIU spokeswoman Melanie Magara said.
Last Thursday, the 27-year-old opened fire during a science lecture with a shotgun and pistols, killing five students before he committed suicide.
CNN reported Wednesday that Kazmierczak’s former girlfriend, Jessica Baty, said he had been taking Xanax, Ambien and Prozac, prescribed by a psychiatrist. Xanax is an anti-anxiety drug. Prozac is an antidepressant and Ambien is a sleeping aid. Baty said that she tried to persuade him to stop taking one of them and that he stopped taking Prozac three weeks before the attack.
It’s not unheard of for psychiatrists to prescribe all three drugs for one patient, and the combination isn’t necessarily problematic, said Emil Coccaro, psychiatry chief at the University of Chicago Medical Center.
Baty also told CNN that Kazmierczak was “being secretive” with his computer. “When he would sit on the couch with his laptop, he would turn it away from me,” she said.
Police continued searching for motives as NIU prepared to mark the first week since the deadly rampage. Beginning today at 3:06 p.m. Central Time, people will observe five minutes of silence as bells at the Holmes Student Center and area churches chime until 3:11 p.m. — one minute for each slain student.
When classes resume Monday, there will be “a significant increase” in security on campus, NIU Police Chief Donald Grady said at a news briefing Wednesday. “We’re going to do everything we possibly can to make certain that not only are the students safe … but that they actually feel safe as well.”
He said investigators have interviewed 100 people and examined 120 pieces of evidence.
Kazmierczak left no suicide note, Grady said.