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.
Members of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Prescribed Drug Dependence (APPG for PDD) met at Westminster on 15 March in order to lobby Public Health England for a national 24 hour helpline to help patients withdraw from opioid painkillers, tranquilisers and antidepressants. Parliamentarians who attended included Paul Flynn MP (chair), Sir Oliver Letwin MP, […]
Paul Flynn MP, chair of the APPG for Prescribed Drug Dependence, opened the meeting whose focus was on the problem of opiate painkiller (OP) dependence. APPG Secretariat member Harry Shapiro, introduced the topic, characterising the situation as a ‘public health disaster’ which is killing hundreds of people a year and ruining the lives of millions […]
Minutes of the AGM held on 19 October 2016 can be found here.
The APPG for Prescribed Drug Dependence met on 19 October in the House of Lords to discuss the issue of dependence upon opioid painkillers. The APPG heard how prescriptions of opioid analgesics have increased by over 500% since 1991. The British Pain Society, who attended the meeting, said: ‘We do not know what the scale […]
The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Prescribed Drug Dependence held an event on 11 May 2016 at Westminster to discuss evidence of the link between the rise in disability claimants and the record level of antidepressant prescribing. The video of the event can be seen below:
The BMA Board of Science has released a report Prescribed drugs associated with dependence and withdrawal – building a consensus which acknowledges how far the government, medical profession and research community need to go in order to properly address this major public health problem. Government prescription statistics reveal that prescriptions for tranquillisers, antidepressants and opiate-based […]
The Council for Evidence-based Psychiatry created a briefing note for the APPG for Prescribed Drug Dependence, titled ‘The Harmful Effects of Overprescribing Benzodiazepines, Antidepressants and other Psychiatric Medications’. The briefing note can be downloaded here. Harry Shapiro, drug information and policy analyst, created a report on the harms associated with opioid dependency, titled ‘Opioid painkiller […]