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Letter: What are the odds on safety?

What are the odds on safety?

Reading the Scientific American Mind magazine, I came across an article titled “Deranged and Dangerous?” The article stated sociologist Henry J. Steadman found about one in three of severely mentally ill patients with drug abuse problems engaged in one or more violent acts in the year after they left the hospital, whereas only one in five without drug issues were violent.

The article concluded that most severely mentally ill patients released were not dangerous.

By this reasoning, the old Russian roulette gun game sounds quite safe.

I believe there is something wrong with this picture, but not being a trained professional, I’m obviously not qualified to be judgmental.

Terry Stafford


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