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APPGITA - All Party Parliamentary Group for
Involuntary Tranquilliser Addiction

House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA

Parliamentary Questions by the Earl of Sandwich,

March 15, 2012

Earl of Sandwich asked Her Majesty's Government:

Why the National Addiction Centre has withdrawn its May 2011 report on benzodiazepines and other prescribed drugs; whether any specific errors were identified in the report; and what new data and new evidence have since become available. HL16316

EARL HOWE: The literature review commissioned from the National Addiction Centre remains available. Details of how to obtain copies can be found here.

My hon. Friend, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Anne Milton), Department of Health, convened a round-table meeting of expert stakeholders in September to discuss the future action required to tackle addiction to prescription and over-the-counter medicines. The group identified a number of concrete actions to take forward which are now the main focus of work in this area. Progress against these actions will be reviewed when the group reconvenes on 15 March 2012.

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