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Obama outlines plan to curb prescription drug and heroin misuse

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 22 October 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h5656

Beware of Addiction to Prescription Drugs

We have a silent epidemic of addiction to prescription drugs. Many people are hooked on analgesics, tranquilizers, antidepressants, and sleeping pills that were prescribed by their physicians. Ironically, the imprimatur of the physician’s prescription pad misleads many patients into a false sense of security and a life of addiction that the physician is often slow to diagnose or treat. It’s wise for physicians and patients to discuss the addictive potential of prescription drugs.

Competing interests: No competing interests

22 October 2015
Hugh Mann
New York, NY, USA