Dr James Davies contributes to BBC programme on prescribed drug dependence

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.

The programme can be heard online at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07zxrdb.  There is an accompanying article which can viewed here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-37716869.

4 Responses to Dr James Davies contributes to BBC programme on prescribed drug dependence

  1. Thalia Martin 23/10/2016 at 5:25 pm #

    It’s very good that this is getting coverage on the BBC, and that the BMA wants to do something about it. GPs and patients need support in finding other options.

  2. Jan Waterton 23/10/2016 at 7:15 pm #

    I am so glad that I was able to contribute to this programme. It will be very interesting to see what happens next. They missed out some of my story because there was so much to say. I had to give up my job, loosing my pension as well as my health. I am also still suffering with aftermath withdrawal problems electric shocks, pins & needles like Luke , 6 years since last tablet, but it’s just so wonderful to be released from my drugged prison, even though it cost nearly £30,000 all our ISA,s and my husbands pension lump sum to be totally drug free. I sadly didn’t,t hear anything from my MP, perhaps it’s because I wasn’t living in Cornwall when this all happened.

  3. Laura 23/10/2016 at 9:06 pm #

    I do not know where to start but as a result of Valium I have lost everything and by that that I don’t mean material things I mean my life,my children EVERYTHING!!😔😭

  4. J.Hill 24/10/2016 at 12:41 am #

    Dr. Davies certainly has identified the problem of lack of services to those damaged by prescribed use of pharmaceuticals. However, the pervasive ignorance of what help is remains unaddressed or noticed. Medical service providers are not aware of why drugs make us sick or what constitutes valid response.

    I applaud the willingness to aid the afflicted. As of today, ignorance still prevents valid help no matter how much money is thrown at the problem.

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