The Doctor Who Gave Up Drugs

The Doctor Who Gave Up Drugs

Series 2 - Episode 2



There are currently 58,000 under-18s taking antidepressants in this country, twice as many as there were ten years ago. Yet in a medical test only one antidepressant out of 14 products tested worked better than taking a placebo. The statistics are appalling, but even more horrifying are the personal stories that Dr Chris van Tulleken hears.

As well as shaming the drug manufacturers for the way some of them mislead us and the medical profession, he wants to find out whether alternative treatments could work better on youngsters, instead of giving them drugs.

No less shocking is his investigation into the increase in (alleged) cow’s milk allergies in babies. Are GPs being swayed to prescribe expensive alternative formula unnecessarily? From what Van Tulleken discovers, the answer is yes.


Part two of two. Dr Chris van Tulleken examines how young people are being treated for depression, one of the biggest health crises facing their age group today. With the number of children in Britain being treated with drugs for depression almost doubling from 2005 to 2015, Chris investigates why so many children are being given these medications, and if they actually work. Elsewhere in the programme, Chris also looks at the rise in prescriptions for milk formula to treat babies with cow's milk allergy, which has rose by almost 500 per cent from 2006 to 2016, and is now costing the NHS more than £64million a year.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Chris van Tulleken
Director Tom Beard
Executive Producer Dominique Walker
Series Producer Tomiko Newson