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UK Public Health England Publishes Report on Prescribed Drug Dependence

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Caspur

All,

Public Health England has today published its report on prescribed drug dependence in the UK. The prescribed harm communities in the UK have been waiting a long time for this report. The Recommendations are encouraging. Lets hope they are implemented!

 

The report and associated information and data can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/prescribed-medicines-review-report

 

Cheers

 

Caspur

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Nelly

At last. Brought tears to my eyes reading this. X

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Caspur

More news coverage:

 

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/health/drugs-nhs-prescribe-patients-addictive-opioids-anti-depressants-painkillers-a9098491.html

 

 

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bubbles

Just popping this here. I posted a bit before this thread started, otherwise I'd have added them here:

 

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bubbles

This is from the "What this report means for patients https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/prescribed-medicines-review-report/prescribed-medicines-review-what-this-report-means-for-patients

"Some prescription medicines can be addictive and could cause problems for people taking them or coming off them, especially if someone has been taking them for a long time. These medicines include benzodiazepines and z-drugs, gabapentin and pregabalin, and opioid pain medicines. Antidepressants are not addictive but some people have problems coming off them." (emphasis mine)

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Caspur
4 minutes ago, bubbles said:

This is from the "What this report means for patients https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/prescribed-medicines-review-report/prescribed-medicines-review-what-this-report-means-for-patients

"Some prescription medicines can be addictive and could cause problems for people taking them or coming off them, especially if someone has been taking them for a long time. These medicines include benzodiazepines and z-drugs, gabapentin and pregabalin, and opioid pain medicines. Antidepressants are not addictive but some people have problems coming off them."

Hi Bubbles,

Yes, this is a disappointing statement in the context of the report. The 'addictive' word is a difficult one regarding antidepressants and comes down to semantics in the end. However they are dependence forming. I have to take one to function normally because if I don't the withdrawal quickly becomes debilitating. I am dependent on this medication.

Cheers

Ed

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bubbles
1 minute ago, Caspur said:

Hi Bubbles,

Yes, this is a disappointing statement in the context of the report. The 'addictive' word is a difficult one regarding antidepressants and comes down to semantics in the end. However they are dependence forming. I have to take one to function normally because if I don't the withdrawal quickly becomes debilitating. I am dependent on this medication.

Cheers

Ed

 

I agree it's mostly semantics. Can I stop? No? Addiction or dependence or somewhere in the crack in between - it doesn't make any practical difference. I couldn't stop, even when it was obvious that they were doing me damage and that's concerning.

 

With SSRIs, taking it strictly as directed by my doctor, I became dependent (or addicted, or whatever). I can see no way to use them without becoming dependent given the long run in period needed.

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