Valium, Ativan, etc: When Doctors Are Guilty of Bad Prescribing

Dr Vernon Coleman MB ChB DSc FRSA

Back in 1988, the Government accepted my advice and warned doctors that they should not prescribe benzodiazepine drugs such as Valium and Ativan for more than two weeks.

The medical research showing the danger of these drugs was thought to be conclusive.

No new research is needed.

It was accepted that benzodiazepines, widely used as tranquillisers and sleeping tablets, were probably the most addictive drugs in the world – far harder to ‘kick’ than illegal drugs such as heroin and cocaine.

In my view, any doctor who now prescribes any benzodiazepine tranquilliser (Valium, Ativan, etc., etc.,) for more than two weeks should be reported to the General Medical Council.

In my opinion, such doctors should also be taken to court for reckless prescribing and unprofessional behaviour.

Readers who want more information about the dangers associated with benzodiazepines (‘Benzos’) will find a number of other relevant articles on this website.

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