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Limit drugs prescribed to young people at risk of self-harm, GPs told


Conclusion It is important that GPs raise awareness with families of the substances young people use to self-harm, especially the common use of over-the-counter medications. Quantities of medication prescribed to young people at risk of self-harm and their families should be limited, particularly analgesics and antidepressants. - the article does not tell you if they were prescribed the drugs already or got them from some one else. it also draws a conclusion that increased prescribing of antidepressants may have decreased the suicide rate in this age group. it dumps the problem on GPs, as usual, but does mention hospitals and providers of the medication as OTC medications should also look at what they are doing. this is a misleading headline for what is a poor article, the conclusions are not based on clear evidence, its just a report of factual data with a large part of the data missing .

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11 Sep 2018

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