“Rising Prescriptions, Rising Disability – Is There a Link?”
The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Prescribed Drug Dependence held an event on 11 May 2016 at Westminster to discuss evidence of the link between the rise in disability claimants and the record level of antidepressant prescribing. The event was hosted by Paul Flynn MP, co-chair of the APPG.
Robert Whitaker, the Pulitzer-shortlisted science journalist and author, presented global prescribing and disability data, as well as research which shows how long-term use of psychiatric drugs, including antidepressants, can lead to worse outcomes for patients.
A group of panellists then responded to Whitaker’s presentation, consisting of Prof Allan Young (Royal College of Psychiatrists), Dr Joanna Moncrieff (UCL), Baroness Stroud (Centre for Social Justice) and Dr Andrew Green (BMA) and Prof Sami Timimi. The event was chaired by Prof Peter Kinderman, President of the British Psychological Society and included a service user perspective from Mr Paul B.