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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.

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MPs and peers present case for national prescribed drug helpline to Public Health England

Members of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Prescribed Drug Dependence (APPG for PDD) met at Westminster on 15 March in order to lobby Public Health England for a national 24 hour helpline to help patients withdraw from opioid painkillers, tranquilisers and antidepressants.  Parliamentarians who attended included Paul Flynn MP (chair), Sir Oliver Letwin MP, […]

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The Daily Mail backs APPG and BMA call for national prescribed drug helpline

The Daily Mail has today joined the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Prescribed Drug Dependence and the BMA in their call for a national helpline to help patients seeking to withdraw from benzodiazepines, antidepressants and opioid painkillers. The paper has published two articles on the topic: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-4354304/Thousands-turned-drug-addicts-doctors.html http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-4354894/A-million-patients-anti-depressants-don-t-need.html#comments-4354894  

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Major national newspaper looking for patient stories of drug withdrawal

A major national newspaper is looking for people living in the UK willing to share recent stories of negative effects while trying to withdraw from benzodiazepines, antidepressants and / or opioid painkillers. The newspaper is particularly looking for recent stories from those who experienced one or more of the following: You were prescribed the drugs for longer than you should have […]

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The Sedated Society: the Real Story of our Prescribing Epidemic

By Dr James Davies February 23, 2017 BBC 5 live — the most listened-to BBC radio station in the UK — ran a piece on rising antidepressant prescriptions last Sunday. In short, it aimed to explore why such prescriptions have doubled in the last ten years, and why, in England alone, there were over 63 […]

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CEP members publish new book: ‘The Sedated Society’

CEP is pleased to announce the publication of a new book called ‘The Sedated Society: The Causes and Harms of our Psychiatric Prescribing Epidemic’ (Palgrave Macmillan 2017).  Edited by CEP co-founder Dr James Davies, the book contains chapter contributions from a team of global experts, including Joanna Moncrieff, Peter Kinderman, Peter Breggin, Sami Timimi, Peter Gøtzsche and […]

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CEP member discusses prescribed drug dependence on Newsnight

On 6 Feb 2017 BBC Newsnight broadcast a segment covering the issue of prescribed drug dependence, which included an interview with Melanie Davies, a CEP member who runs the REST project at Mind in Camden. Also interviewed was Harry Shapiro, director of Drugwise and member of the Secretariat for the APPG for Prescribed Drug Dependence. The […]

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BBC Radio 5 live Investigates needs antidepressant case studies

BBC Radio 5 live Investigates is looking for UK residents who are prepared to talk about antidepressants for a programme this weekend. In particular, the programme is seeking individuals with the following experiences: those who are put on antidepressants and remain on them due to having little or no contact with their GP; perhaps they are just getting […]

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CEP co-founder Luke Montagu tells his story in the Daily Mail

The Daily Mail has today published an article written by Luke Montagu, co-founder of CEP, which describes his horrifying experience withdrawing from antidepressants and sleeping pills.  The article can be seen here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-4173468/My-GP-gave-antidepressants-didn-t-need-20-years.html#comments The article is adapted from a chapter written by Montagu for a forthcoming book ‘The Sedated Society: The Causes and Harms of our […]

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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 […]

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