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BMA urges caution over MPs’ request to collect data on patients addicted to prescription drugs

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f7649 (Published 20 December 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f7649
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

Tough action is needed to tackle the growing problems of patients addicted to prescription drugs and of deaths linked to psychoactive substances, MPs have said.

In a report published on 20 December by the home affairs select committee, MPs warned that the United Kingdom was facing an “epidemic” of psychoactive substances such as mephedrone, with the number of deaths rising by 79% in the past year from 29 in 2011 to 52 in 2012.

There was also a serious and underestimated problem with more than 1.5 million people addicted to prescription drugs in the UK, the report said, which should be dealt with by asking GPs to start collecting anonymous data on patients with an addiction.

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