The Council for Evidence-based Psychiatry has been appointed as the Secretariat for the All Party Parliamentary Group for Prescribed Drug Dependence (APPG for PDD).
The APPG for Prescribed Drug Dependence (PDD) will address the growing problem of dependency on prescribed medication. Increasing numbers of prescriptions for addictive, psychoactive drugs are being given to both adults and children, including benzodiazepines, antidepressants, antipsychotics, stimulants and painkillers. While these drugs may help some people in the short term, there is growing evidence that long-term use leads to worse outcomes, and many patients report devastating persistent withdrawal and other negative effects. The APPG will engage with this issue by demanding appropriate services for those affected, proper training for medical professionals, reduced prescribing through adherence to new and existing guidelines, better data regarding the prevalence of PDD and more research into long-term harms associated with PDD.
The APPG for Prescribed Drug Dependence was launched at a meeting held in the House of Lords on 30 June 2015. The APPG is chaired by Paul Flynn MP, with David Tredinnick MP, Lord Patel of Bradford, Baroness Mashem of Ilton and the Earl of Sandwich all elected as co-chairs.
The website for the APPG for PDD can be found at prescribeddrug.org.