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H O U S E   OF   C O M M O N S

APPGITA - All Party Parliamentary Group for
Involuntary Tranquilliser Addiction

House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA

Notice for Members and Supporters of the APPGITA

June 7, 2010

Jim Dobbin MP and Michael Behan met the new Public Health Minister Anne Milton MP on 2 June at Richmond House. Jim Dobbin explained that the APPGITA has been campaigning for the introduction of withdrawal and rehabilitation services to be introduced by the Department of Health and the Department of Work and Pensions to assist patients who become addicted to prescribed tranquillisers.

Anne Milton highlighted that she was very concerned about the issue, and has heard from constituents about the problems they face. She confirmed that she is keen to complete the review of policy on addiction to tranquillisers, other prescribed medication, and over-the counter-medicines. She stressed that she wants people to get the support they need to lead a fulfilling life and also wants to prevent over-prescribing of drugs. Three key pieces of work have been commissioned by the review team and are underway:

  1. A review of the published literature on the subject by the National Addiction Centre.

  2. An audit of the prescribing records held by a sample of local NHS Primary Care Trusts to gauge the extent of over-prescribing.

  3. A survey of addiction specialists to map the services that are currently available to help people withdraw from prescribed and over-the counter-medicines.

Anne Milton estimated that it would take six months to complete this work. She is keen to share the results of the research as the evidence would be important in informing wider debate about future policy and services. It was agreed that a further meeting would take place towards the end of 2010.

In the meantime the APPGITA will continue its work and we urge you to share your experiences with your MP so that they are aware of this issue.

Jim Dobbin MP,
Chair APPGITA

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