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France tackles psychotropic drug problem

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: (Published 20 April 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:997

French psychiatrist Professor Edouard Zarifian, who carried out a year long study on the use of psychotropic drugs on behalf of the health ministry, has said that France now holds the world record for the consumption of such drugs. He also claims that overcon-sumption is “actively encouraged” by the pharmaceutical industry.

The per capita consumption in France of anxiolytic, hypnotic, antidepressant, and neuroleptic drugs is about three times greater than …

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