Doctors predict another health crisis on the horizon: long-term addiction to anti-anxiety pills.
At the height of the pandemic in the United States, 46 percent of parents with school-aged children pegged their stress level near the top of a 10-point scale.
Prescriptions for anxiety such as Ativan and Klonopin have risen sharply. One company saw an increase of 34 percent. Doctors prescribed more sleep aids in March by 15 percent.
Psychiatrists nearly doubled their prescriptions for antidepressants in April as compared to January. DoctorBruce J. Schwartzwarned, (quote) “Many doctors have a low threshold for prescribing them. It’s very problematic. People develop a dependency on these medications.” (The Wall Street Journal)