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Roehampton research prompts review of long-term psychiatric prescribing

Two of Roehampton's academics have successfully pushed for a government review into prescription drug dependence.

Posted: 8 February 2018

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Dr Davies and Dr Rae have conducted new research into the costs of psychiatric drug prescriptions

Research undertaken by Dr James Davies and Dr Todd Rae of the Department of Life Sciences into the prevalence and costs of unnecessary long-term psychiatric prescribing in the UK, was presented by Dr Davies to the CEO of Public Health England in October 2017 at the Houses of Parliament.

As a result of this and other activities of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Prescribed Drug Dependence, a group which Dr. Davies helped set up, the Government agreed to undertake the first national review into the nature, scale and policy solutions for prescribed drug dependence.

The review was launched officially on 24 January 2018.

 

You can listen to Dr James Davies, Reader in Social Anthropology and Mental Health, disussing his book, Cracked: Why Psychiatry is Doing More Harm Than Good, on the Roehampton podcasts.

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