UK Docs Sued by Benzo Patients

By Valerie Tejeda 12/29/11

A flood of legal cases from tranquilizer addicts is anticipated.

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UK Doctors are increasingly being sued for creating “valium addicts” through "indefensible" long-term prescribing of benzodiazepines. Affected patients are regularly taking legal action, claiming that their doctors fail to follow safety guidelines set over 20 years ago. Patients taken off the drug too quickly are also suing, claiming they weren't told how to detox properly. "There is no sign that such prescribing is diminishing," says Professor Malcolm Lader, a leading researcher on the long-term use of benzodiazepines and their connection to brain damage. "With around a million long-term [UK] users, the [legal] defense unions will at some point decide that these cases are indefensible and GPs will have to pay their own costs." Benzo dependence is equally common in the US, where it's one of the top reasons for entering rehab.

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Entertainment journalist and author Valerie Tejeda spends her days reporting on books, television, and all things pertaining to pop culture, and spends her nights writing novels for teens. Her stories have appeared on a variety of different publications, including but not limited to: VanityFair, MTV, The Huffington Post, TeenVogue, She Knows, Latina, The Fix, Salon.com, Cosmopolitan, and more. You can find Valerie on Linkedin and Twitter.

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