26th Jul 2022 @ 8:42 am

One in four Lanzarote islanders has taken drugs to manage their mental health, a survey has revealed.

The Canarian Social Barometer found that, of a sample of 400 correspondents, 25.6% were taking drugs for mental problems, compared to a figure of 17% before the pandemic.

Tranquiliser use has shot up, as has consumption of painkillers, antipsychotics and anti-depressives, and Lanzarote is now the island that most uses these type of drugs.

Nevertheless, use of sleeping pills and analgesics has decreased.

40% of islanders claimed that they had felt anxiety or fear during the last two years of the pandemic; 26% claimed that they had suffered relationship or family problems, and 12% has suffered from obsessive behaviour.

In addition, over 4% said they has experienced domestic violence and over 2% had had suicidal thoughts.

Just over 20% of those affected said they had sought professional help for their mental problems.

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