Prescribed drug dependence needs to be recognised

I'm signing because I have been prescribed benzodiazapams in the past for anxiety and sleep issues. My withdrawal was awful and I would like to see proper rehabilitation for people who have been prescribed these drugs as well as SSRI's and painkillers. Rehabilitation should include both inpatient and outpatient treatment, including outreach services and a national helpline. Also, further research is needed to see the impact of these drugs on brain function. It is a tragedy that if I was an illicit drug user I would have more support. All I have done is taken drugs as prescribed by my doctor because adequate psychiatric facilities were not available. When the drugs created problems no support was there. This needs to stop.

Ingrid Wall, Cambridge, ENG, United Kingdom
5 years ago
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