Overdoses steady despite antidepressant increase

AUSTRALIA has seen more than a sixfold increase in antidepressant use in the past few decades but only a relatively small change in rates of overdose, a study shows.

While there has been “massive increases” in antidepressant prescriptions over the 26-year timespan of the prospective study, researchers from Sydney and Newcastle universities found that the severity of antidepressant poisoning and rates of deliberate self-harm did not show a marked increase.

At 34%, the relatively small increase in antidepressant self-poisoning “probably indicate[d] that antidepressants are increasingly