Just a week ago I was writing about too many older people being prescribed anti-depressants to combat loneliness. (See “Quick Fix Depression” by clicking on Pills in the TAG CLOUD).
GP’s don’t change their habits easily, so I don’t expect anything to happen as a result of the Health Minister’s exhortations to cut back on prescriptions. Although tranquilizing old people is one way to stop them grumbling all the time.
There is one thing that might force a change of approach. A study of starlings at York University found that exposure to Prozac reduced their sex drive. A unique and essential piece of research !
Apparently, starlings are attracted to sewage plants to feed because of all the insects. We all know older people pee a lot and combined with excessive use of anti-depressants, this is causing a build up of Prozac in the sewage system. This then attracts lots of insects who no doubt get high on the Prozac. Then the unsuspecting starling population gobbles up the insects, little knowing that this is going to ruin their sex life. Hence less starlings.
This could lead to an environmental disaster. Birds first then there will be no bees. And where would we be without the birds and the bees ?
Who on earth would have thought of doing this excellent piece of research on sewage plants and starlings’ sex lives??? Perhaps this will finally persuade the Government to do something about the over-prescribing of pills to old people 😀