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     Conclusions, even from a sociological community circumspect of broad statements, are fairly chilling. Could it be, proposes New York’s Narcotic and Drug Research Inc., that we are now facing a “systematic model” of drug-related crime wherein violence is actually intrinsic to usage? In partial answer stands an equally chilling model of pharmacological violence associated with users of licit drugs, particularly hypnotic and psychotropic. Point of fact, among other frequently discussed side effects of the benzodiazepines such as Xanax and Halcion is what has been termed an irritability factor or anxiety quotient—phrases which become absurdly euphemistic when considering those like Ilo Grundberg, who butchered her 87-year-old mother in what can only be described as a Halcion rage. (She was actually acquitted of the charge after prosecutors failed to establish any other conceivable reason for a murder she did not ever remember committing.) Meanwhile, adverse reactions from the Prozac file suggest even uglier definitions of the label warning for anxiety, e.g., the case of a Joseph Westbecker who entered his former workplace with therapeutic levels of the drug in his blood, and mowed down twenty victims with an AK-47. Yet however we interpret those warnings, the overwhelming question is finally inescapable: Given what that $700 billion in worldwide pharmaceutical sales means in terms of psychotropic and hypnotic drugs, are we not facing the possibility of several hundred million dangerously altered personalities?

     Just over a century ago, the sociologist reminds us, Jack the Ripper shocked much of the civilized world with the murder of five Whitechapel prostitutes. As the millennia draws ever closer, we seem to encounter Jack the Ripper every year or two. To what degree his savagery can be directly attributed to biochemical action is, of course, a complex question. But from the grand perspective, from the plateau upon which LRH himself regarded the modern landscape, the evidence suggests some very grim possibilities indeed. “The society has become, by all evidence to hand,” he wrote, “a biochemical problem,” and went on to cite not only correlative mayhem but failures within the educational quarter, the economic arena and a general decline of morality across the whole cultural plain. Presented here is but a portion of his solution to that problem. It is simple enough to apply, absolutely intended for broad use, and in a very candid statement of fact, he wishes us to know it is the only solution we have. [End Of Text]

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