August 21, 2009
A recent study in the April 2009, Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety journal found no change in the suicide rate in teens as a result of the regulatory ban in the UK on the use of SSRI antidepressants with children under 18, which did result in a drastic reduction in SSRI use among kids.
“Anti-depressant use in under 18 year olds halved after the warnings,” Pulse Today reported on April 24, 2009.
The research team from the University of Bristol concluded that “there was no evidence of an overall effect on suicides of regulatory action to restrict prescribing of SSRIs to young people.”
Lead researcher, Dr Benedict Wheeler, told Pulse: “We found no clear evidence of a beneficial effect on population suicide rates. However, and equally importantly, we did not find evidence of an adverse effect on suicide rates either.”
“This is important, because many mental health workers and researchers have been concerned that reduced antidepressant prescribing to children might inadvertently lead to an increase in suicides,” he said.
Read entire article: http://www.naturalnews.com/026895_suicide_drugs_suicides.html
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