Response to Parliamentary Questions re Prescribed Drug Dependence.

Parliamentary Questions tabled by Lord Philip Hunt, King’s Heath

Lord O’Shaughnessy, the Department of Health and Social Care, has provided the following answer to your written parliamentary question (HL9971):

Question:
To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will establish a public inquiry into the harmful effects of prescribed benzodiazepine drug dependence over the last 50 years. (HL9971)

Tabled on: 04 September 2018

This question was grouped with the following question(s) for answer:

  1. To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to secure funding for existing prescribed medicines withdrawal centres. (HL9967)
    Tabled on: 04 September 2018
  2. To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have, if any, to increase the number of prescribed medicines withdrawal centres to cover the whole of England. (HL9968)
    Tabled on: 04 September 2018
  3. To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ensure that in establishing a 24 hour helpline for people affected by prescribed medicines addiction they will also ensure that adequate services are in place to refer patients to. (HL9969)
    Tabled on: 04 September 2018

Answer:
Lord O’Shaughnessy:

The Parliamentary under Secretary of State (Steve Brine MP) commissioned Public Health England (PHE) to review the evidence for dependence on, and withdrawal from, prescribed medicines. The review was launched in January 2018 and is due to report in spring 2019 and we await its findings. It is the responsibility of local authorities to commission services, such as the provision of withdrawal centres for addiction to prescribed medicines, to meet assessed local need. The Government currently has no plans to increase the number of these centres.

The Government has no plans to introduce a separate national helpline to support people affected by prescribed drug dependence. Help and advice on prescribed drug dependence is already available from the 111 helpline or NHS Choices. People who feel that they might be dependent on either prescribed or over the counter medicines should seek help from a health professional in the first instance (such as a general practitioner or pharmacist).

PHE’s review includes prescribed benzodiazepine drug dependence but will not consider evidence further back than 10 years ago. There are no plans to establish a public inquiry into prescribed benzodiazepine drug dependence.

Date and time of answer: 17 Sep 2018 at 15:06.

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2 Responses to Response to Parliamentary Questions re Prescribed Drug Dependence.

  1. Lynne says:

    Heart sinking further. Or am I just being pessimistic?

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  2. fhfrench says:

    I don’t know what to think any more. I can’t say I am terribly optimistic but I may be completely wrong. We will just have to wait and see.

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