Presentation on the growing consumption of prescribed drugs
21 October 2016
CNWL Divisional Medical Director Dr Farrukh Alam recently delivered a presentation on Opiod Painkiller Dependence during the annual meeting of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Prescribed Drug Dependence (PDD).
Dr Alam, who is also a consultant in addiction psychiatry, revealed that consumption is increasing globally and that it was important to treat people with a dependence on prescribed drugs.
The APPG was set up to address the problem of increasing numbers of prescriptions for addictive, psychoactive drugs that are being given to both adults and children.
There is growing evidence that long-term use leads to worse outcomes, and many patients report devastating persistent withdrawal and other negative effects.
It wants to see appropriate services for those affected, proper training for medical professionals, reduced prescribing, better data into the scale of PDD and more research into long-term harms associated with PDD.