The BBC has today broadcast a programme on BBC 5 Live which reports on the BMA’s call for a 24 hour national prescription drug helpline.
Dr Andrew Green, the BMA’s GP clinical and prescribing policy lead, told the programme: “Establishing a national helpline should be a top priority to provide better service to individuals with prescribed drug dependence.
“There is also the need for specialist services to be consistently available across the country.”
He added: “Patients have not had their problems adequately recognised in the past and we need to put that right.”
CEP co-founder Dr James Davies also contributed to the programme, citing recent analysis which suggests that there are over 250,000 long term benzodiazepine users. “Long-term use and withdrawal is a very serious public health issue that requires more attention than it is currently receiving,” he added.