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Saturday, November 08, 2003

Guardian Unlimited | Special reports | Depressed, moi? Why the French are driven to drugs: "'The French now consume between two and four times as many tranquillisers and anti-depressants as the British, Italians and Germans,' one medical expert, Martine Perez, said in Le Figaro. 'The problem is not new, but this underlines the fact that it is getting worse.'
The French are avid consumers of pills and potions of all kinds, to the extent that the health minister, Jean-Fran�ois Mattei, faced with a budget overrun of �6.1bn (�4.2bn), this summer listed some 900 so-called medicines (out of a total of 4,300 prescribed in France) that would no longer be reimbursed by the health service because they had 'little or no recognisable medical effect'. "

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