Category Archives: benzo

Email to Clare Gerada, Chair of Council, Royal College of General Practitioners

Dear Dr Gerada, Further to my email to you of 23 March 2013 I would like your opinion regarding the huge increase in psychotropic drugs prescribed in England in the last 6 years. Psychotropic drugs dispensed extracted from the Prescription … Continue reading

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Email to Clare Gerada, Chair of Council of the Royal College of General Practitioners, (March 23 2013)

Dear Dr Gerada, I am writing to express concerns about the RCGP and you regarding involuntary tranquilliser addiction: 1. Your statements on the subject contain misconceptions, inaccuracies and assertions which are not based on any scientific evidence or data. 2. … Continue reading

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Addiction to Medicines: Commissioning Services After the Health Reforms (13 March 2013)

Taken from: http://www.nta.nhs.uk/news-2013-atmconf.aspx Commissioners and providers of drug treatment services came together on 28 February to consider future commissioning and provision of services for dependence on prescription and over-the-counter medicines, especially benzodiazepine tranquillisers, at a national conference in London organised by … Continue reading

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“Addiction to Prescribed Drugs”, Professor C Heather Ashton (22 January 2013)

ADDICTION TO PRESCRIBED DRUGS (Round Table Discussion) Professor C Heather Ashton, DM, FRCP, BMA Meeting, January 22, 2013 In 2009 the Department of Health commissioned reports on addiction to prescribed drugs and over-the-counter medicines from the National Treatment Agency and … Continue reading

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Council of Europe: Motion For a Resolution, presented by Mr Jim Dobbin (January 2013)

Involuntary Tranquilliser Addiction  Motion for a resolution Presented by Mr Jim DOBBIN and other members of the Assembly 1. In 1990 the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe adopted the Resolution AP (90) 3 on the prescription of … Continue reading

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Solutions to The Tranquilliser Trap, Letter from Professor, The Times 6 October 2012

Sir, I welcome the careful reporting of the use of the benzodiazepine tranquillisers (report and leading article, Oct 1, and letter, Oct 2). This controversy has grumbled on since the first alarms were raised by my research team, among others, in the 1970s. … Continue reading

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Jim Dobbin MP announces European benzodiazepine enquiry (14 June 2012)

The Public Health Minister Anne Milton MP attended a meeting in Oldham today, June 14, 2012 organised by Addiction Dependency Solutions and Oldham Tranx. Jim Dobbin MP is chair of the APPGITA and is also now vice-chair of the Public Health Committee of … Continue reading

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Professor Ashton’s comments on the latest draft of the consensus statement (15 May 2012)

It is wrong to consider addiction to over-the-counter medicines together with iatrogenic addiction to prescribed tranquillisers and hypnotics.  The two populations of drug users are completely different and, though both may be addicted, the causes of the addiction and the … Continue reading

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Email from Mary Heaton, Ministerial Correspondence and Public Enquiries, Department of Health to Barry Haslam (01 May 2012)

Our ref: DE00000694144 Dear Mr Haslam, Thank you for your email of 10 April about access to NHS treatment for benzodiazepine addiction. I have been asked to reply. The report from the National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse on addiction to medicines … Continue reading

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Letter from Professor Ashton to Anne Milton, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Public Health (24 April 2012)

Dear Anne Milton,                 I have reluctantly come to the conclusion that the Round Table Meetings organised by the Department of Health are designed mainly to give the illusion of activity by the DoH.  In practice, their only effect is … Continue reading

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