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Mental health crisis reflected in high use of drugs for depression

Australia’s doctors wrote almost 25 million prescriptions for antidepressants in 2016-17 to treat patients suffering from mental health conditions, a federal research agency report has said.

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare estimates that more than four million people received prescriptions from GPs to treat mental health disorders in 2016-17, with each patient receiving an average of around nine prescriptions.

Tasmania had the highest percentage of people—21 per cent of the state’s population—receiving prescriptions related to mental health.

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