The APPG for Prescribed Drug Dependence has now been reformed for the 2019 parliament with Danny Kruger MP as chair, Lord Crisp as co-chair, and the Council for Evidence-based Psychiatry (CEP-UK) providing the secretariat. Minutes of the inaugural meeting will be published on this site in due course. The group will continue to focus on […]
PRESS RELEASE For immediate release 10 September 2019 APPG for Prescribed Drug Dependence welcomes groundbreaking report by Public Health England on prescribed drug dependence and withdrawal The All Party Parliamentary Group for Prescribed Drug Dependence (APPG-PDD) today welcomes the publication of a report by Public Health England which recognises for the first time the scale […]
The minutes and slides from the meeting of the APPG for PDD on 7 Feb can be found here: APPG-PDD minutes AGM 7-2-19 (see also PHE presentation to APPG-PDD 7-2-19)
The All Party Parliamentary Group for Prescribed Drug Dependence today publishes two new pieces of research which indicate that many doctors and psychiatrists may be failing to warn patients about the potential risks of antidepressants, and subsequently fail to recognise withdrawal symptoms. Furthermore, sources of NHS support for patients, such as NHS 111, were found […]
The Journal of Addictive Behaviors has today published a new systematic review which shows that antidepressant withdrawal is much more widespread, severe and long-lasting than indicated by current guidelines, with millions of antidepressant users in the U.K. potentially affected. ‘A Systematic Review into the Incidence, Severity and Duration of Antidepressant Withdrawal Effects: Are Guidelines Evidence-Based?’ was undertaken by Dr James Davies, […]
Please follow this link to download minutes and slides from the meeting of the APPG for Prescribed Drug Dependence on 6 June 2018.
Please use these links to download minutes and presentation slides from the meeting of the APPG held on the 24 January 2018: APPG-PDD minutes 24-01-18 Slides from presentation by Public Health England
The All Party Parliamentary Group for Prescribed Drug Dependence welcomes Public Health England’s announcement today of an evidence review into prescribed drugs that may cause dependence and withdrawal. Prescribed drug dependence is a growing problem, with increasing numbers of prescriptions for addictive, psychoactive drugs being given to adults and children. These include benzodiazepines, antidepressants, z-drugs, […]
PRESS RELEASE For immediate release 22 January 2018 APPG for Prescribed Drug Dependence calls on Camden CCG to reverse decision to close support service for patients dependent on benzodiazepines The REST Project, based at MIND in Camden, has been providing essential support services to patients suffering from dependence and withdrawal from benzodiazepines for 30 years. During […]
The APPG for Prescribed Drug Dependence has today published its proposal for a national helpline to help patients affected by prescribed drug dependence. The full report can be downloaded from this link.