The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and the Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPsych) have published a signed consensus statement aimed at reducing patient addiction to medicines such as tranquillisers and painkillers. Supported by professional groups, specialist service providers and voluntary bodies representing 16 organisations, it cautions against long-term prescribing of medicines which carry a risk of addiction, except in exceptional circumstances, and recommends rigorous and holistic regular reviews by practitioners with suitable expertise and understanding.

The Consensus Statement is available on the Policy areas of the RCGP website www.rcgp.org.uk/policy/rcgp-policy-areas.aspx and RCPsychaspx