PAIN welcomes the creation of the new All Party Parliamentary Group for Prescribed Drug Dependence which was launched at a meeting held in the House of Lords on 30 June 2015. The APPG will be chaired by Paul Flynn MP, with David Tredinnick MP, Lord Patel of Bradford, Baroness Masham of Ilton and the Earl of Sandwich all elected as co-chairs.
They state that their aim is that “The APPG for PDD will recognise, address and reduce the harm caused by prescribed drug dependence”
The APPG will address the growing problem of prescribed drug dependence (PDD). Increasing numbers of prescriptions for addictive, psychoactive drugs are being given to both adults and children, including benzodiazepines, antidepressants, antipsychotics, stimulants and painkillers.
Here at PAIN we hope that we can find ways in which to work with the APPG especially on our overlapping priorities of painkiller dependance.