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Psychologist: Science Shows Prescription Drugs 'Don't Cause People To Be Suicidal'10:32Download

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Empty bottles for prescription drugs at a pharmacy in Blacksville, W.Va. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

After Chris Cornell, lead singer of Soundgarden, was found dead of an apparent suicide last week, his wife Vicky released a statement saying the family believed the anti-anxiety drug Ativan may have pushed him to take his life.

But is there a causal link between prescription medications — antidepressants, or drugs used to treat allergies, asthma and acne — and suicide?

Here & Now's Robin Young talks with Kelly Posner Gerstenhaber of the Columbia Lighthouse Project at Columbia University.

This segment aired on May 25, 2017.

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