Renowned as a land of douceur de vivre, or the sweet life, France is also the country where pill-popping to stave off depression or other mental afflictions has reached new heights.
“More than one in five people in France has taken one of the four families of ‘psychotropic’ drugs – antidepressants, tranquillisers, sleeping pills and antipsychotic drugs – two-thirds of them women. That’s around 10 to 15 million people,” said Guy Hugnet, author of Psychotropic Drugs, the Investigation.
Approximately 200 million boxes of such drugs are sold in France annually, and Mr Hugnet said, “We are world champions, per capita.”
Source: The Telegraph.