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World Benzodiazepine Awareness Day is on 11th July

On 11th July 2017 World Benzodiazepine Awareness Day (W-BAD) celebrates its second year and the launch of its official website which can be found at http://w-bad.org. W-BAD is a grassroots victim-organized and led campaign that seeks to raise global awareness about the harms and dangers of prescribed benzodiazepines. Some objectives of the awareness campaign include: preventing […]

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Daily Mail: the NHS must help blameless victims of prescribed drug dependence

As part of their support for the campaign for a national helpline, the Daily Mail yesterday published a two page spread in the Good Health section which included the story of Pamela Wilson, a former law courts executive officer, who became dependent on painkillers for 27 years. Dr Max Pemberton, a regular columnist, also describes how he has […]

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Petition calling on the Scottish Parliament to support individuals affected by prescribed drug dependence

A petition has been set up calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to take action to appropriately recognise and effectively support individuals affected and harmed by prescribed drug dependence and withdrawal. The petition can be accessed here: http://www.parliament.scot/GettingInvolved/Petitions/PE01651

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The Guardian: How long should you stay on antidepressants?

CEP members Dr James Davies and Prof Peter Gøtzsche both feature in an article in The Guardian which considers how long patients should stay on antidepressants, and whether they are addictive. The paper quotes Dr Davies: “Dependence can be physical or psychological.  People may feel they are only better because they take the drug.”  It also […]

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APPG for Prescribed Drug Dependence publishes declaration of support for helpline

The APPG for Prescribed Drug Dependence has today published a Declaration of Support for a national 24 hour helpline and accompanying website.  The declaration is signed by numerous medical bodies and charities, including: The BMA The Royal College of Psychiatrists The Royal College of GPs The Royal College of Physicians The Royal Society for Public […]

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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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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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