Intended for healthcare professionals


Countries face “hidden problem” of prescription drug misuse

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 24 February 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c1109

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
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.

(1) Mann, H. Addiction in Physicians and Nurses

Competing interests:
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Competing interests: No competing interests

10 March 2010
Hugh Mann
Eagle Rock, MO 65641 USA