Prescription anti-anxiety drug use has risen sharply during the coronavirus pandemic. Photo: Shutterstock Prescription anti-anxiety drug use has risen sharply during the coronavirus pandemic. Photo: Shutterstock
Prescription anti-anxiety drug use has risen sharply during the coronavirus pandemic. Photo: Shutterstock

Coronavirus pandemic fuels increase in drug use for anxiety, depression and insomnia

  • Prescription anti-anxiety drug use in the US rose 34 per cent in the space of a month, and three-quarters were new prescriptions
  • ‘Whenever you have a loss of control or a great deal of uncertainty, anxiety is likely to increase. The pandemic is like that on steroids,’ a psychologist says

Topic |   Wellness
Prescription anti-anxiety drug use has risen sharply during the coronavirus pandemic. Photo: Shutterstock Prescription anti-anxiety drug use has risen sharply during the coronavirus pandemic. Photo: Shutterstock
Prescription anti-anxiety drug use has risen sharply during the coronavirus pandemic. Photo: Shutterstock
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