The UK government have known the dangers to public health of benzodiazepine prescribing since 1981

The UK Government were warned that benzodiazepines were harming patients at a meeting called by the Medical Research Council. Measures to help affected patients were agreed at the meeting but by1985 the most of the plans were abandoned and all documents closed in the National Archives.

Now, the problems caused by benzodiazepines and the number of patients affected has escalated and the British Medical Association are calling for the same measures abandoned in 1985 to tackle what is now a ‘major public health issue’. read more