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“War on drugs” has harmed public health and human rights, finds new analysis

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i1742 (Published 29 March 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i1742

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

30 March 2016
Hugh Mann
Physician
Retired
New York, NY, USA