Prescription Medication Addiction

Health ministers have recently slammed doctors who are thought to be over prescribing a range of drugs to middle aged patients.

These include sleeping pills, tranquilisers and anti-depressants. This has resulted in an increase in the number of patients now battling with prescription drug addiction, as they are often on these drugs for long-term use.

Antibiotics and even common medicines for coughs and colds are being over prescribed and this prescription abuse is becoming a real problem throughout the UK.

Prescription addiction

Many people become addicted to these drugs without ever realising they are actually in danger, thinking of it as just their regular medication. People also have trust in doctors and believe that if they are being given the medicine, they really need it.

However addiction to prescription medicines can be just as dangerous and deadly as addiction to hard drugs such as heroin and cocaine. Many do not see medication addiction creeping up on them and are less aware of the dangers because prescription abuse is less stigmatised than addiction to hard drugs.

Health Minister Anna Sourbry says that overprescribing of medication has not been receiving the publicity it needs over recent years and that it now needs to be addressed urgently.

GPs, on the other hand, say that they are being unnecessarily victimised and that they are only trying to do the best for their patients.  

They also argue that the talking therapies have a long waiting list and so many people with emotional problems have to stay on these drugs because of the long waiting times.

However this does not mean that patients should simply be given long-term prescriptions for medications as this can prove to be just as dangerous as illegal drug use.

If you know someone who you think may be addicted to prescription drugs then there is help out there. If you notice a person regularly getting different prescriptions from different pharmacies or justifying their excessive medication by saying the doctor prescribed it, then it may be time to intervene.

Rehab Recovery can offer free help and advice to help people through their battle with prescription drugs. They can give the support needed and suggest further ways to get help. For more information call 0800 088 66 86.

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