APPG for Prescribed Drug Dependence publishes proposal for national helpline

The APPG for Prescribed Drug Dependence has today published its proposal for a national helpline to help patients affected by prescribed drug dependence.

CEP provides the Secretariat for the APPG, and some of its members authored the report.

The full report can be downloaded from this link.

5 Responses to APPG for Prescribed Drug Dependence publishes proposal for national helpline

  1. Peter Lehmann 28/03/2017 at 8:19 am #

    What is the reason to exclude neuroleptics (“antipsychotics”) which can also produce physical dependence, due to receptor changes – in principle not different from antidepressants?

  2. T Moss 28/03/2017 at 12:35 pm #

    Neuroleptics – Similarly overprescribed. Multiple brain, endocrine, cardio-vascular, skin and catastrophic metabolic prescription-induced major toxiicies and injuries;often irreversible.
    Reduced life expectancy by 15 – 25 years.
    Overwhelming evidence of worse long term outcomes: – physical, psychological and social.
    All in addition to dependence and immense long term further injury on withdrawal.
    Vital to include “antipsychotics”.

    Also – why no reference to the commonest, most serious and life threaten ending toxicity of SSRIs SNRIs Neuroleptics and other psychoactive prescription drugs: AKATHIA?

  3. T Moss 28/03/2017 at 12:38 pm #

    Most serious and life threatening ADR to these prescription drugs: – AKATHISIA.
    (Text correction)

  4. Phil Braithwaite 03/04/2017 at 8:49 am #

    The overprescribing of Lorazepam and a 3 wek withdrawal has had an horrific emotional,social and financial impact on our lives with my wife ending up as my full-time carer. There is a great need for proper withdrawal centres to help and give respite to carers.

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