DoH REVIEWS POLICY ON ADDICTION TO LEGAL DRUGS
Hansard, Column 673W
Gillian Merron: The addiction to prescription drugs, such as benzodiazepines, is a very important issue and a number of steps have been taken to tackle this problem with the main focus on advice to prevent such dependence occurring in the first place, by warning general practitioners of the potential side-effects of prescribed medicines and the dangers of involuntary addiction to benzodiazepines.
Over the coming months the Department will be reviewing its policy on addiction to prescription and over the (OTC) drugs, including tranquillisers. This review will identify where and how policy should advanced, so that those addicted to prescription or OTC drugs receive high quality, effective services.