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Prescription drug addiction – a growing problem.

Public Health England announced last week that they are launching a review into the “growing problem” of prescription drug addiction.

This issue has recently been thrown into the spotlight when Ant McPartlin admitted he had checked into rehab for his addictions to prescriptions drugs after suffering chronic pain caused by a knee injury.

The NHS data has suggested that 1 in every 11 patients in England is prescribed a potentially addictive drug and prescription rates of these drugs has increased 3% over the last 5 years.

Medical Negligence claims for prescription drug addiction

If a patient becomes addicted to prescription drugs, prescribed by their GP or a doctor, they may have a medical negligence claim. We have specialist experience and a track record of success in handling these claims, which can often be complex.

We represented a widow whose husband took his own life following a 14-year addiction to diazepam, and she was successfully awarded almost £87,000.

‘Coming-off’ addictive painkillers is a known problem, with patients suffering both psychological and physical symptoms, in many cases these are worse than their original complaint and in some circumstances such as those for our client, they can be devastating.

“Sadly, cases involving prescription drug addition is on the rise” says specialist clinical negligence solicitor, David Jones. “Busy GP’s are failing to properly consider alternative treatment strategies for patients with long-term conditions. As a result, our firm is seeing more medical negligence claims being brought against GP’s who repeatedly prescribe addictive drugs. Moving forward, there needs to be a focus on supporting patients who are dependent on prescription drugs, helping them safely come-off their medication.”

If you or someone you know has been affected by a prescription painkiller addiction, contact us on 01603 877000.

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