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URGENT request : Make a submission to the Scottish government re: harm done, dependance and withdrawal. You don't even have to be from Scotland.

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Vanora

Yesterday, the 25th October, the petition on Prescribed Drug Dependence and Withdrawal was discussed at the Scottish parliament. Tune in around 10.08.03.

 

https://www.scottishparliament.tv/meeting/public-petitions-committee-october-25-2018?clip_start=10%3A07%3A27&clip_end=10%3A21%3A48 

 

They decided to return to the Scottish government on the issue of a 24 hour helpline - which is supported by the BMA - but noted it shouldn't be a substitute for support from prescribers. They also acknowledged that the government is looking to initiate a Scottish focused review which would run parallel with Public Health England's review into medications that cause dependence and withdrawal but a plea was made not to wait for the findings of the PHE review. Johann Lamont the convener recognised that any review would have to show it's independence given the lack of trust and the degree of suspicion evident in the submissions concerning prescribed drug dependence and withdrawal.

 

Included in the recent submissions was a Patient Analysis with patient journey maps as researched and written by Dr Anne Guy, Scottish petitioner Marion Brown and Welsh petitioner Stevie Lewis.

 

http://prescribeddrug.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Voice-of-the-Patient-Petition-Analysis-Report.pdf      

 

If there are still people who haven't as yet sent in a submission please do consider it. This petition has really caught the attention of the committee with unprecedented levels of submissions and we are hoping that it may eventually be debated within the Scottish parliament itself.  

 

 

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Altostrata

Thanks, Vanora. That Patient Analysis report is brilliant!

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Vanora
11 hours ago, Altostrata said:

Thanks, Vanora. That Patient Analysis report is brilliant!

 

Thank you Altostrata, I'm very impressed with this document too and it provides a compelling picture of patient experience. Overall, we are making progress albeit slow progress. 

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Vanora

Yesterday, the 7th of March, our petition was again discussed at the Scottish parliament. I have to tell you that there isn't much further progress to report. Johann Lamont the convener noted that because of the sheer volume of submissions not everything has been posted onto their website. If any of you find that your submission is missing I suggest you contact the clerks via petitions@parliament.scot quoting the petition's reference PE01651 just to ensure it hasn't been mislaid.

 

http://www.parliament.scot/GettingInvolved/Petitions/PE01651    

 

https://www.scottishparliament.tv/meeting/public-petitions-committee-march-7-2019?clip_start=11%3A20%3A12 

 

We expect the committee will meet probably once they've heard from the Public Health England review into medicines that cause dependence and withdrawal (benzodiazepines, antidepressants, z-drugs, gaba-ergic drugs and opioid painkillers) which is due to report in the second half of this year. Likewise, the Scottish government has set up a Short Life Working Group on prescription medicine dependence and withdrawal in Scotland with the aim of working in close tandem with the PHE review. We have asked that the evidence from this petition be considered as part of their focus on Experts by Experience.   

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ChessieCat

Thank you for updating us.  It is much appreciated.

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Vanora

It's the least I can do in appreciation for the amazing support our petition has had from the members of this forum ChessieCat. 

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Vanora

Some recent updates. The Welsh Assembly published their report today in response to the petition on prescribed drug dependence and withdrawal to the Welsh Assembly. Stevie Lewis who is the petitioner gave an interview to BBC Radio Wales.

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-politics-47643985 

 

See also James Moore who writes about the report on his "Let's Talk Withdrawal" website: "Among the ten specific recommendations is the need for a greater recognition to be given to prescription drug dependence at a national level in both policy and strategy. In addition, they commit to investigate, as a priority, the potential for national rollout of a Prescribed Medication Support Service in order to ensure that specific advice and support is available for people who require assistance with prescription medication."

 

http://www.letstalkwithdrawal.com/governments-debate-psychiatric-drug-withdrawal/ 

 

The Scottish Government has as yet to produce their report but we hope it will be this year.

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Vanora

This should by rights be posted as an update to the Welsh petition but given the importance of this I felt it deserves to be posted here. The Welsh government has accepted no less than 9 of the 10 recommendations brought forward by Stevie Lewis's petition.

 

https://past.wales/positive-response-from-welsh-gov-to-the-issues-of-dependency-with-prescribed-medication 

 

Important paragraph: "It is important we distinguish between substance misuse, as the harmful use of substances such as drugs and alcohol; and dependence arising from the therapeutic use of medication whether they are prescribed or purchased." 

 

Unfortunately recommendation 6 was rejected.

"The Welsh Government should determine whether SSRI and SNRI antidepressants should be added to the list of drugs targeted for reduction, and should introduce a national prescribing indicator to support closer monitoring of prescribing volumes and patterns across Wales. This indicator should be used to identify areas where further investigation or intervention may be required."  

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Altostrata

Hurray! It's a step forward.

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Vanora

It sure is!

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Vanora

I've done just that ChessieCat.

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