Sparks Middle School shooter had Prozac in system day of shooting

SPARKS, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) - We learned that Jose Reyes had Prozac in his system the day of the shooting, but it was prescribed to him by a psychotherapist three days before the tragedy.

Reyes was told to take 10 milligrams of Prozac once daily to treat his symptoms of a depressive disorder. That was based on what his doctor noted of feelings of inadequacy in his family and meeting family expectations. Reyes also told the therapist he was being teased at school and specifically spoke about being called "gay" and being teased about "peeing" his pants. According to the police report, Reyes took the prescribed amount of Prozac on Saturday, Sunday, and on the day of the shooting.

Experts say Prozac is an anti-depressant and can take a month or two to help someone feel better, but the drug does come with a black box warning that states: "Anti-depressants increase the risk compared to placebo of suicidal thinking and behavior in children, adolescents and young adults in short term studies of major depressive disorder"

"The ultimate symptom of depression, which is allegedly what you're using Prozac for is suicide," said executive secretary of the Nevada State Board of Pharmacy Larry Pinson. "So how do you distinguish whether it's the drug or the disease that would lead to suicide? It's very difficult."

According to the police report, during Jose Reyes's doctor's appointment he showed symptoms similar to people who have autism, but was not diagnosed.


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