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Young suicide rates warning

18th February 2008

A UK research team has said the laws to ban the prescription of antidepressants to children and young people aged under 18 have made "no difference in suicide or self-harm rates".

Data examined for young people aged from 12 to 17 from 1993-2005 showed that the prescription of antidepressants had decreased, but had not influenced suicide or self-harm statistics. From 2003, Prozac has been the only antidepressant which can be prescribed to those aged under 18, following concern about medication use in connection with the danger of suicide in young people.

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