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Economic-related suicides up 20-30% in Italy in four years

But expert stresses overall number is low

Economic-related suicides up 20-30% in Italy in four years

Rome, April 29 - The number of suicides that can be linked to economic factors has increased in Italy by "20% to 30%" in the last four years, the National Observatory of Health in Italian Regions said Monday. Media have reported an apparent spate of suicides by unemployed people and entrepreneurs facing bankruptcy as the country struggles with its longest recession in two decades. The observatory's director, Walter Ricciardi, stressed, however, that the overall number of suicides "remains low" for a country of Italy's population. The observatory said in a report that the use of anti-depressant drugs in Italy increased four-fold between 2000 and 2011.

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