Newsbrief: Sales of Anti-Depressants Surge in New York and Washington 10/19/01

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The September 11 attacks on New York and Washington have fueled a rapid and dramatic increase in sales of anti-anxiety, anti-depressant, and sleep aid drugs in those two cities, according to NDC Health. The Atlanta-based health information services provider follows the performance of pharmaceuticals by tracking retail sales.

According to NDC Health's figures, new prescriptions for sleep aid rose 27.5% in New York City, where more than 5,000 people were killed in the collapse of the World Trade Center towers. Anti-anxiety drug prescriptions were up 25% and anti-depressants up 17% Washington, where 189 people died in the attack on the Pentagon. New prescriptions for anti-anxiety drugs and anti-depressants are up 13%, while sleep aid prescriptions are up 8%, according to NDC Health. Nationwide, anti-anxiety prescriptions are up 8.6%, anti-depressants up 2.6%, and sleep aids up 7.5%.

Therapists are reporting agitation, sleeplessness, survivor guilt and depression -- and not just among those directly affected by the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, the Associated Press reported. New York psychiatrist Gail Saltz told the AP her practice had increased by 25% since September 11 and that half of those patients had no direct connection to the attacks. "These people feel they have no control over their lives," she said.

New York Psychiatrist Richard Pearlman told the AP his practice had increased by 50% since the attacks and that he didn't expect it to fall off anytime soon. "This is not a problem that is going away. It's not like we had a tornado and it's over and we can rebuild," he said. "People are worried about more attacks."

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