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Cantabrians’ antidepressant use balloons by more than 6000 prescriptions in three years

7 January 2019 Katarina Williams - Stuff

Canterbury has reaffirmed its position as one of the largest consumers of antidepressants, as repercussions from the swarm of 2011 earthquakes reverberate throughout the southern region.

The number of Cantabrians requiring antidepressants has ballooned by more than 6000 in just three years, with 13.6 per cent of the district health board’s (DHB) registered patients being treated with such medications in the year to June 30, 2018.

New Pharmac data released under the Official Information Act shows the Canterbury DHB (CDHB) area – the country’s second-largest DHB after Waitemata – outpaced all regions in both antidepressant prescriptions and mental health patient numbers.

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