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A collection of articles from various sources on Prescription and OTC (over the counter) drugs.

Senedd debate 1st May 2018

P.A.S.T. have a seat at the Senedd debate on  “Prescription drug dependence and withdrawal – recognition and support”.

We will have an opportunity to highlight the lack of support for problematic useage and addiction..

If any of our members have any questions or concerns that they would like raised – please contact us by email as soon as possible for us to bring these to the table.

Email – senedd.debate@past.wales

Thank you. Aled.

Link to the debate outline and notation –

http://www.senedd.assembly.wales/ieIssueDetails.aspx?IId=19952&Opt=3

£800m – The huge cost of over-prescribing medicines in the Welsh NHS

The amount of drugs handed out has risen 50% to £800m a year

Senedd Debate Prescription Petition

Prescription drug dependence and withdrawal – recognition and support

​ We call on the National Assembly for Wales to urge the Welsh Government to take action to appropriately recognise and effectively support individuals affected and harmed by prescribed drug dependence and withdrawal.

This petition has been set up to raise awareness of the plight of individuals in Wales who are affected by dependence on and withdrawal from prescribed antidepressants and benzodiazepines – and specifically to ask the Welsh Government to support the BMA’s UK-wide call for action to provide timely and appropriate support for individuals affected.

The term “prescription drug dependence” refers specifically to the situation where, having taken their antidepressant or benzodiazepine medication exactly as prescribed by their doctor, patients find they are unable to stop because of the debilitating withdrawal effects. It is important to note here that addiction and dependence are related but different issues. Use of the term addiction implies pleasure seeking behaviour. Reporting of prescription drug dependence in the media continues to allude to “misuse” and “addiction” as if the patient is responsible in some way for their own harm. This is far from the truth. There is no pleasure whatsoever in finding that if you try to reduce or stop your antidepressant, you suffer a wide range of physical and emotional disturbances, that for some people can be life limiting and, tragically, even life ending. Patients need formal acknowledgement, support and guidance to help them through their withdrawal journey and this currently does not exist.​

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