By Sharon Lindbloom
Utah has the unfortunate reputation of being “the runaway leader in antidepressant use.” In February of 2002 the Los Angeles Times reported the findings of a study which showed
Antidepressant drugs are prescribed in Utah more often than in any other state, at a rate nearly twice the national average.
Utah’s high usage was cited by one of the study’s authors as the most surprising finding to emerge from the data. The study was released last summer and updated in January.
Other states with high antidepressant use were Maine and Oregon. Utah’s rate of antidepressant use was twice the rate of California and nearly three times the rates in New York and New Jersey, the study showed. (Julie Cart, “Study Finds Utah Leads Nation in Antidepressant Use,” February 20, 2002, page A6)