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prescription-exemption577x362September 8 2014

A health minister has set out the action the government has taken with regards policy on prescription medicines, especially relating to their misuse.

Answering a question from Ashton-under-Lyne MP Eric Ollerenshaw, the health minister Jane Ellison said the Department of Health has been reviewing policy on addiction to prescription medicine, and flagged up the Government’s Drug Strategy, published in December 2010. This “highlights our commitment to reduce dependence on prescription and over the counter medicines,” she said.

Since identifying a lack of information on the subject in 2009, the Department commissioned a literature review from the National Addiction Centre and a report from the National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse (NTA), with the findings published in May 2011.

A subsequent roundtable meeting produced a consensus statement in January 2013, endorsed by the Royal College of General Practitioners, the Royal College of Psychiatrists and other organisations.

Public Health England organised a seminar in February 2013 to improve the commissioning of services to treat addiction to medicine, and in June 2013 published a guide for the NHS and local authorities on commissioning treatment for dependence on prescription and over-the-counter medicines.

In March 2013, the MHRA published a learning module on benzodiazepines which includes advice for prescribers on preventing and treating dependence on these medicines.

This summer, in July 2014, PHE launched a public consultation on whether there should be an update to the 2007 UK clinical guidelines on drug misuse and dependence. The guidelines include advice on treating dependence on benzodiazepines.

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