MPs and peers present case for national prescribed drug helpline to Public Health England

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, […]

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New BMA report calls for concerted action to tackle dependence caused by prescribed drugs

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 […]

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Briefing notes on the harms of prescribed drug dependency

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 […]

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