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SALFORD TOPS HAPPY PILL LEAGUE
 

Star date: 7th March 2011

SALFORD DOCTORS PRESCRIBE AWAY DEPRESSION

Shocking data collected by The Guardian newspaper shows that Salford is in the top three places in England being prescribed antidepressants by doctors. Happy pills are being doled out at a rate of between 120,000 to almost 134,000 prescriptions a year per 100,000 population.

This backs up figures printed by Salford Star last year which showed that almost 10% of the city's population are officially depressed – and that was before the ConDem Government came to power!

Full story here…


Salford people are getting prescribed antidepressant drugs at a rate of over three times higher than posh places like Kensington and Chelsea, new data shows.

Salford, along with Blackpool and Redcar and Cleveland, was in the top three areas in the country for prescribing away the blues last year. But in other areas with similar `socio economic deprivation' doctors have been sending people for therapy and counselling, rather than doling out the happy pills.

"In the past, prescribing has been the first treatment option" states Knowsley PCT "We should now see counselling as the first option."

Professionals, who are urging doctors to use therapy before Prozac, now fear that funding for training more therapists may run out, after the Government didn't ringfence it in the NHS budget.

Meanwhile, using government statistics, a PCT and Salford City Council report last year calculated that just over 6000 men and just under 15000 women in the city are being treated for depression. This equates to 21,000 people out of a population of 218,000, or almost 10% of the total population.

The PCT/Council report stated that "work is taking place in Salford to consider…what is termed `emotional wellbeing'…This strand of work is looking at improving peoples' happiness…particularly for those who are most in need…"

Judging by the latest number of antidepressant prescriptions, happy Mondays in Salford are few and far between.

See Horrific Happiness Stats: click here

See The Shocking State of Salford 2010: click here

J.D. wrote
at 09:30:38 on 24 March 2011
Typical .Everything Salford Clowncil touch , they ruin .Eccles town centre , Swinton town centre , Eccles market , Pendlebuery market , Monks Hall Museum , Buile Hill Museum - all ruined .The list is endless .No wonder people need happy pills.Just what are WE paying the inept waster- council ,and its army of overpaid executive paper-shuffling garbage- spouters for ?
 
life is loud wrote
at 17:00:07 on 10 March 2011
Fancy oomparing Salford with Kensington and Chelsea r they having a laugh those two areas live on a different planet to Salford.
 
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