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Study: Antipsychotic Medication Can Help Reduce Violent Crimes

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A doctor writes a prescription for medication. (credit: DAMIEN MEYER/AFP/Getty Images)

A doctor writes a prescription for medication. (credit: DAMIEN MEYER/AFP/Getty Images)

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ATLANTA (CBS Atlanta) – According to a new study, antipsychotic medication can help reduce violent crimes.

According to Web Pro News, researchers found that it was more likely to help those individuals who have mental health conditions, which may lead to violent behaviors.

Over 80,000 patients in Sweden were prescribed antipsychotic medication or mood stabilizers. Researchers then compared the rate of violent offenses during the time those patients were prescribed the medications, versus the rate of those same patients when they were not prescribed the medications.

The researchers found that patients had reductions in convictions for violent crimes by between 24 and 28 percent.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reveal that there continues to be a significant increase in the number of school-age children on psychiatric medications to treat emotional or behavioral problems.

The study was published in the medical journal Lancet.

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