The Times newspaper has published a disturbing report this week into the widespread writing of prescriptions for benzodiazepines, over 11 million each year, despite the shocking side-effects of continuous long-term use.
Although the victims of “benzo” addiction significantly outnumber those addicted to illegal drugs the NHS has failed to provide any meaningful level of support for them. The problem is made considerably worse by the fact that many GPs are continuing to prescribe on a long-term basis although advised to restrict the use of the drugs to short terms and to carefully monitor their use. Dr. Peter Carter, chief executive and general secretary of the Royal College of Nursing, has described the situation as a serious risk to public Health. He is quoted in The Times, “It is really shocking to find such ongoing pain and suffering caused by addiction to drugs intended to help. In particular, we are concerned that there are many people suffering in enforced silence, unable to access specialist services.”
The figures available give a stark outline of the problem;
- 11 million prescriptions for benzodiazepines written each year.
- 1 million people have taken the drugs for most of their adult lives
- 5 Health Trusts in England and Wales only offer full support services
At Rehab Advisor we have had experience in dealing with these problems for a number of years. Some of the most respected centres for treatment are located in Surrey and Hampshire where we can arrange, most cases, for assessments followed by early admission. Transport is available to all of the centres we use for treatment and all of the centres offer an ongoing period of aftercare. The highest level of medical and therapeutic care is offered at our Surrey and Hampshire centres which have a world-wide reputation for their programmes dealing with tranquiliser addiction.
A call now to 0800 078 7757 is the first step to dealing with the problem and one of our consultants is waiting for your call