The medication of vulnerable groups has increased dangerously. From 2010 to 2018, consumption increased by ADHD medications by 88 percent. And the elderly who live at home can be on more than 15 prescription drugs in the course of a year.
In nursing homes, it turns out that one in three nurses distributes sedative and anti-anxiety pills every month due to lack of time. This emerged in a survey conducted by the journal Sykepleien a few years ago. The questionnaires showed that 25 percent of the nurses thought that too much anxiety and sleep medication was used in their workplace. The reason was also established: Patients receive addictive anxiety and sleep medication because the staff experience a lack of time and resources.
In 2019, approximately 345 people were medicated after being diagnosed with depression.
The main offer for the mentally ill in Norway today is medication.
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