Prescriptions of Mind-Altering Drugs for Children Soar in France

From Connexion, an English-language website covering French news, comes this story by Hannah Thompson on the increase in psychiatric prescriptions for children in France:

“Prescriptions of psychotropic or mind-altering drugs – including anti-anxiety medication, antidepressants and forms of anti-ADHD sedatives – for children have risen dramatically, according to a new report.

Figures from the family health authority le Haut Conseil de la famille, de l’enfance et de l’âge (HCFEA), released on March 13, showed that in 2021: 

Anti-anxiety prescriptions rose by 16%

Antidepressants: 23%

Sedatives and anti-attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) drugs: 224%

In practice, this affected ‘tens of thousands of children,’ said HCFEA. 

Between 2014 and 2021, the consumption of psychotropic medicines (those that alter the mind in some way) among children has increased by 49% for antipsychotics, 63% for antidepressants, and 155% for relaxants and sedatives, the HCFEA said.”

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