“It’s an outrage!”

It is now more than 3 years since I heard the above presentation at this Continuing Medical Education (CME) event: Dr Christmas considered the over- and under- prescribing of antidepressants and shared the official Scottish Government figures for 2015 which indicated that approximately 1 in 9 of the adult Scottish population were taking an antidepressant:

Dr Christmas then shared a number of slides of media reports on these figures which expressed their disquiet using headlines which he summarised as “It’s an outrage!”:

This was a clear reminder that the research into the appropriateness of prescribing of antidepressants in Scotland needed more work to clarify the true picture.

A year later, in the Scottish Parliament on the 26th April 2017, Dr Christmas stated:

This statement was made on this occasion without acknowledging the on-going gap in research.

A further two years on and official Scottish Government figures indicated that approximately 1 in 5 of the adult Scottish population were taking an antidepressant:

This increase in prescribing of antidepressants in Scotland, along with many personal testimonies submitted to PE1651: Prescribed Drug Dependence and Withdrawal, has contributed to the Scottish Government’s decision to update the following document. A short-life Working Group is being set up to do this and will be chaired by Chris Johnson, Pharmacist for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde:

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