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At a Loss for Meds, Venezuela’s Mentally Ill Spiral Downward

October 4, 2016

(New York Times) – Venezuela’s economic collapse has already decimated its health system, leaving hospitals without antibiotics, surgeons without gloves and patients dying on emergency room tables. Now, thousands of mental health patients — many of whom had been living relatively normal lives under medication — are drifting into despair and psychosis because the country has run out of the vast majority of psychiatric medicines, leaving families and doctors powerless to help them, medical experts say. Mental institutions have released thousands of patients because they can no longer treat them, according to physicians.

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