Two years ago, Dr Chris van Tulleken discovered we are taking more prescription drugs than ever before – a billion prescriptions a year in the UK. He worked with a GP surgery to get patients to try drug-free alternatives – with amazing results.
Now back for the second series of the programme, and as a new dad, Dr Tulleken investigates why we are giving British kids over three times more medication than we were 40 years ago. Chris tackles the shocking rise in teens taking anti-depressants by testing if wilderness therapy can work where the drugs are failing and digs deeper into the forces driving the over-medication of UK children and asks whether the drug industry itself could be playing a part in the rise.
The Doctor who Gave up Drugs – Wednesday 9:00pm on BBC 1.