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CCHR London: Some Facts About Psychiatry

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


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