In response to the launch of an independent review by Public Health England into the growing problem of dependence and addiction to prescription drugs, BMA GP committee clinical and prescribing lead, Dr Andrew Green, said:
“We welcome this important review into prescription drug dependence, which can have a devastating impact on the lives of those affected.
“Doctors see first-hand the need for greater action and support to tackle this problem, and in 2016 the BMA outlined a number of recommendations aimed at ensuring those affected by prescription drug dependence has access to trusted, expert advice and guidance.
“One of the recommendations calls for a national helpline, similar to the FRANK service, which could be set up relatively quickly. This would give individuals suffering with dependence to drugs like benzodiazepines vital, timely support.
“We would also like to ensure that the local services provided are suitable for patients with dependence on prescription drugs, whose needs can be different to those obtaining drugs from other sources, and clear guidance on withdrawal management for GPs”
Notes to Editors
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