This “ open letter by healthcare professionals ” calls for specialist NHS services to support patients harmed by taking prescription medications. Published in the British Medical Journal, the letter begins: “This week, BBC1’s Panorama drew sharp attention to the problem of prescribed drug dependence and…
£500m… the shameful cost of pills patients should never have been given: As damning new research shows the NHS wastes a fortune on medication every year, a devastating investigation into a scandal wrecking so many lives
“… new research … reveals the terrible cost of the drug-dependency crisis not only on the individual, but also on NHS finances. Damning figures show that in England alone, nearly £570 million-worth of the drugs are given annually to patients…
“The main sufferers of prescription-medication withdrawal are white women over the age of 45. We know how to put people on these drugs, we just don’t know how to get them off.” Dr. David Healy, professor of psychiatry, Bangor University….