From April 2013 local authorities were given responsibility by Public Health England for providing drug and alcohol services. These services are to include treatment for those addicted to prescription drugs prescribed by their doctor and taken in accordance with the doctor’s instructions.
This FOI request relates only to those patients who have become addicted to, or dependent upon, prescribed benzodiazepine and z drug tranquillisers and who have taken these drugs as directed by their doctors and who do not abuse these or other substances. For the purpose of this request I will refer to these as Involuntary Tranquilliser Addicts. This group is distinct from illicit drug users for which I do not require information.
The information I require is as follows:
1. How many Involuntary Tranquilliser Addict referrals have there been to drug and alcohol services in your local authority since April 2013 for treatment for addiction to benzodiazepine and z drug tranquillisers prescribed by their GPs?
2. How many Involuntary Tranquilliser Addicts are currently in treatment provided by your local authority’s drug and alcohol services for addiction to benzodiazepine and z drug tranquillisers prescribed by their GPs?
3. How many Involuntary Tranquilliser Addicts have completed treatment provided by your local authority’s drug and alcohol services for treatment for addiction to prescription benzodiazepine and z drug tranquillisers?
4. How many of those who completed treatment had drug free outcomes?
Only one total is required for each of the four questions.
I can advise you that the information you require is held by Essex County Council and not Brentwood Borough Council.
Freedom of Information requests for Essex County Council can be sent to:
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