drug prescribing soars in Scotland
by Chris George
prescriptions have risen by 20% over just one year in Scotland.
The number of GP prescriptions for attention deficit hyperactivity
disorder medication increased by 20.1% from 49,258 to 59,461 between
2005/06 and 2006/07, figures from Scotland’s Information Services
Division revealed last month.
prescriptions of drugs for psychosis and related diagnoses increased
by 7.1% from 626,185 to 670,842 items. Antipsychotic depot injections
decreased by 2.9% to 11,292.
of the two main antidepressant drugs - tricyclics and selective
serotonin re-uptake inhibitors - increased by 1.6% and 5.8% respectively.
prescriptions have tripled in Scotland from 1.2 million to 3.65
million between 1993 and 2007
ISD estimates 8.8% of the Scottish population aged 15 and over take
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