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S: F I T Z P A T R I C K Jim & Joan and Family A Photographic History - Volume I

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18: 1 The Campions of Lisduff The true extent of so-called "pill-popping" in Ireland, however, is much more as the only figures recorded are for medical card holders and people claiming through drug payment schemes, which accounts for less than half the population. Figures compiled by the Irish Examiner from the HSE’s 2009 Primary Care Reimbursement Service show 14,000 prescriptions for anti-depressants, benzodiazepines (addictive tranquillising pills), anti- psychotics and sleeping tablets were being written every day, at a cost of 113m. The drugs are now being prescribed as often as common antacid tablets. A report in 2002 found 11.6% of the adult medical card population were using benzodiazepines. Since that report, the prescribing of Valium and Xanax, both used to treat anxiety and panic, have increased dramatically, with 399,798 prescriptions written for Xanax in 2009, compared with 283,000 in 2005. The Mental Health Commission, during the inspections of 2010, found the use of benzodiazepine in both acute and long-stay units was widespread. In total, 57% of in-patients were prescribed benzodiazepines. Of these, 62% were on regular doses of the highly addictive drugs. Nine anti-depressants, most of which are selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRIs), were prescribed more than 2.2 million times in 2009.

19: Hi The true extent of so-called "pill-popping" in Ireland, however, is much more as the only figures recorded are for medical card holders and people claiming through drug payment schemes, which accounts for less than half the population. Figures compiled by the Irish Examiner from the HSE’s 2009 Primary Care Reimbursement Service show 14,000 prescriptions for anti-depressants, benzodiazepines (addictive tranquillising pills), anti- psychotics and sleeping tablets were being written every day, at a cost of 113m. The drugs are now being prescribed as often as common antacid tablets.

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