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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Antidepressant Use in Canada

A recent OECD report identified Canada as the worlds third leading consumer of antidepressant medication, the report may be found by following this link. The only countries ahead of Canada were Iceland and Australia. However, a few caveats are in order. First, the study was only based on data from two provinces, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Second, the report did not have comprehensive coverage of countries. The US, for example, was not included. Available evidence would suggest that the rate of antidepressant use in the US is approximately double that of Canada, approximately 10% (see this CDC databrief from NHANES)versus approximately 5%, see this CJP paper.

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