Between 2003-2009 mental heath disorders received the highest share of the
NHS Budget – over £10 billion in 2008/9.
Children as young as four are being given Ritalin-style medication for
behavioural problems in breach of NHS guidelines.
There has been a 65% increase in spending on drugs to treat ADHD over the last
four years,costing the taxpayer over £31m a year.
In 2007 the NHS spent £17 million on ADHD drugs,£1.5 million on
antidepressants and £3.5 million on anti-psychotics prescribed to children.
Department of Health figures show last year 661,500 prescriptions were written
out for Ritalin and similar drugs such as Concerta up from 382,000 in 2005.