In this paper we consider possible links between the advent and diffusion of a number of new psychiatric pharmaceutical therapies and crime rates. We describe recent trends in crime and review the evidence showing mental illness as a clear risk factor both for criminal behavior and victimization ... We find that increases in prescriptions for psychiatric drugs in general are associated with decreases in violent crime, with the largest impacts associated with new generation antidepressants and stimulants used to treat ADHD. Our estimates imply that about 12 percent of the recent crime drop was due to expanded mental health treatment. Our estimates imply that about 12 percent of the recent crime drop was due to expanded mental health treatment.
I wonder how much productivity has been added to the economy from more effective anti-depression drugs in the last decade or so. The pharma-demonizers rarely point out how widespread the benefits of pharmaceutical research are.