FAIR POINT: Tranquilliser use by women soaring

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Millions of despairing, stressed out women are turning to drugs.

Not illegal ones, mind - it’s more likely to be men who seek escape from depression and pressure via an illicit high, statistics prove.

No; it is prescribed tranquillisers women are turning to in their droves.

In Britain, the number of prescriptions has now increased sixfold to 1.4 billion - and most are going to women. Cause for alarm, says a UN study.

That’s one heck of a lot of Prozac.

But is it necessarily a bad thing?

Life is really hard for a lot of people now. Financial pressures and juggling jobs and family are pushing women over the edge.

Instead of trying to cope alone, they have the common sense to go to the doctor and ask for help. Surely that’s a positive thing?

Far fewer are drowning their sorrows in drink or a cannabis-infused stupor, as research shows men are more inclined to do, too.

The drugs they are given to get them over the rough periods are proven aides. They do work. Surely it’s wrong to make women in very vulnerable states of mind feel they shouldn’t be relying on them?

Alarmists would be better striving to ensure medication is given out sensibly - and is not the chemical equivalent of a quick pat on the head from doctors who can’t be bothered to look for a root cause to their patients’ unhappiness.