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BMA Board of Science. [BMA] (2015) Prescribed drugs associated with dependence and withdrawal – building a consensus for action. Analysis report. London: British Medical Association. 44 p.

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Prescribing is a major clinical activity and a key therapeutic tool for influencing the health of patients. When certain psychoactive drugs are inappropriately prescribed there is potential for patients to become dependent or suffer withdrawal symptoms, leading to a range of health and social harms. The prescription of a number of these drugs continues to rise mainly because of longer term use, and this issue is becoming increasingly ingrained with complex medical, political and ethical challenges. Too little is known about prescribing patterns, the levels of dependence and withdrawal, and the level of harm that is being caused. There is also too little research about the long-term effects of these drugs.

This analysis report has been developed following the board of science’s call for evidence undertaken in March 2014. It aims to provide a platform for action to improve the prevention, identification and management of dependence and withdrawal associated with prescribed drugs, and has a particular focus on the prescribed use of benzodiazepines, z-drugs, opioids and antidepressants.


Item Type:Evidence resource
Publication Type:Report
Drug Type:Prescription/Over the counter
Intervention Type:AOD disorder, AOD disorder drug therapy, AOD disorder treatment method, AOD disorder harm reduction
Source:BMA
Date:October 2015
Pages:44 p.
Publisher:British Medical Association
Corporate Creators:BMA Board of Science
Place of Publication:London
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Subjects:B Substances > Sedatives or tranquillisers (CNS depressants)
B Substances > Sedatives or tranquillisers (CNS depressants) > Benzodiazepine
E Concepts in biomedical areas > Substance by legal status > Prescription drug (medicine / medication)
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Patient care management
T Demographic characteristics > Doctor
VA Geographic area > Europe > United Kingdom

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