Pop­ping of pills on the rise in the re­gion

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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

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