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Oldham Chronicle
March 22, 2007

A DECISION on whether the House of Commons will hold an inquiry into the use of addictive tranquillisers which wrecked the life of an Oldham man is expected tonight.

Oldham East MP Phil Woolas, and Oldham West MP Michael Meacher, have called on the powerful Commons Health Select Committee to hold a full inquiry into the use of the drugs which devastated the life of Barry Haslam.

Mr Haslam, from Uppermill, lost 10 years to addictive tranquillisers and has repeatedly called on the Government to toughen up guidelines for prescribing the drugs.

And this morning, the chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Involuntary Tranquilliser Addiction, Heywood and Middleton MP Jim Dobbin, was waiting for a decision on whether the committee would hold an inquiry.

Mr Dobbin has petitioned Westminster Committee chairman Kevin Barron on the much-needed inquiry.

Up to 1.2 million people in the UK are thought to be addicted to anxiety-suppressing drugs like Valium, Seroxat, Temazepam and Librium.

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