Study: Areas high in SSRI use by children have fewer suicides

11/5/2006 | Reuters

A new study concludes areas with a higher population of children taking selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor antidepressants score a lower suicide rate than areas with relatively low usage. But the figures about SSRIs in children in the 5-14 age group are from 1996 to 1998, and researchers now are evaluating whether a 2004 black-box warning, which led to decreased use of the drugs, also led to an increased suicide rate.

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