Major rise in prescription drugs among the young

Far more young Swedes are taking pills to deal with mental health issues. The number taking tranquilisers is up by 70 percent since 2006, and those taking antidepressants is up by 50 percent, reports Swedish Radio News.

The figures are for people aged between 20 and 24, and compiled by the medicine network NEPI, run by the Swedish doctors' and pharmacists' associations.

Mikael Hoffmann is the head of NEPI. He says that more medicines are now available to be used by young people, and that it is natural that doctors are prescribing them more.

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