Popping of pills on the rise in the region
NTI- DEPRESSANT use in the clinical commissioning group area of Southport and Formby increased by 4.5% between 2015-16 – while there was a 6.3% increase in the South Sefton area in the same period.
The total number of antidepressant prescriptions in the two CCG areas was 41,490 and 57,188 respectively.
NHS statistics show people across the Merseyside city region are more likely to have prescriptions for
depression than almost anywhere else in the country.
But the rate of percentage increase in consumption in South Sefton was higher than Liverpool where it rose by 6.2%.
The NHS spent more than £59.5m in prescriptions for depression disorders in one year.
Doctors in Blackpool wrote more anti-depressant drugs prescriptions per person than anywhere else in the country. There was one prescriptition for depression for every 11.7 people.
Durham Dales, Easington aand Sedgefield followed with one prescription per every 1.82, or 150,506.
The London borough of Ealing saw the biggest increase in the number of pprescriptions, from 46,696 uup to September 2015 to 53,493 up to September 2016, an increase by 14.6% more.
Calderdale followed with an increase of 12.2.
Redbridge, London, saw the lowest rate of antidepressants prescriptions per person, doctors wrote one prescription per every eight people. Brent followed with one prescription per every 7.6 people.
The NHS spends almost £60m on depression disorders per year Anti-depressants are being consumed at a higher rate in the Southport and Formby areas according to new figures