Mental health drugs use soaring in Scotland

Just under one in 10 people aged over 15 in Scotland use anti-depressant medications on a daily basis and up to one in 50 children take medications for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), show figures on medicines used in mental health from ISD Scotland.

The number of prescriptions for ADHD drugs grew 20.1 per cent from 49,258 to 59,461 between 2005/6 and 2006/7.

Around 2 per cent of five- to 14-year-olds are taking ADHD drugs in Fife, the area where prescribing rates are highest. Scotland-wide, the figure is around half this level.

Antidepressant prescriptions tripled between 1992/3 to 2006/7 from 1.2 million a year to 3.65 million.

The data also show that prescriptions for dementia drugs rose 14 per cent between 2005/6 and 2006/7.

nick.bostock@haymarket.com

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