Further to my email of the 12th April 2012, I would like to apologise for the delay in providing a response to your enquiry. NHS Swindon’s Head of Medicines Management had advised me to speak to the Assistant Director for Mental Health Commissioning. I have now received a response and in a position to feedback to you. As you have correctly stated in your email the statutory drug and alcohol services no longer provide services for involuntary tranquilliser addiction. However, there are currently plans to re-commission the drug and alcohol service in Swindon. This will include providing a service to support those patients who are either prescribed or purchase over-the-counter tranquilliser medication through detox. Patients will need to be referred by their own GP in order to access the drug and alcohol service for an assessment. There is also a national organisation www.benzo.org.uk for patients who may wish to self-manage their detox for involuntary tranquilliser addiction. It has been advised by the Inclusion Drug Service Manager that the Ashton Manual which is available online should be used as a reference guide. ‘Battle Against Tranquillisers’ is a helpline that can provide information and advice for involuntary users of tranquillisers. They can be contacted on 0844 826931. I hope you find the above information useful. Kind Regards Melissa Probets PALS/Complaints Administrator NHS Swindon Tameside and Glossop PCT PARTIAL - This PCT employs an in-house benzo reduction worker to support withdrawal but compared to the magnitude of the problem this would be insufficient if all those in the PCT iatrogenically addicted needed support. Please find attached response letter to your recent FOI request. Regards Jackie Gordon Risk and Complaints Tameside and Glossop NHS Telford and Wrekin PCT No – I spoke to the service manager of Shropshire Drug and Alcohol team and they do not provide services for ITA sufferers. They only provide services for illicit use. Dear Mr Perrott My understanding from my colleagues that the GP’s will refer patient’s to the Substance Misuse Team. There is a web site and below is the link to the page http://www.shropshire.nhs.uk/Care-and-Treatment/Out-of-Hospital-Services/Alcohol-and- Drug-Misuse/ Alternatively you can contact the team direct on 01743 255740 Kind regards Sharon Self Care Management/PALS Lead NHS Telford & Wrekin Trafford PCT NO - I rang Phoenix Futures and they treat illicit use
Further to your earlier email I am pleased to be able to respond to your enquiry more quickly than I originally anticipated. The contact details I have been given to provide you with are: If the patient is aged 11-25 they can contact Phoenix Futures, the number is: 0161 905 1013 If the patient is aged over 25 they can contact the Trafford Drug Service, the number is: 0161 786 8250. Having contacted Trafford Drugs Service to ask specifically about services for involuntary tranquiliser addiction, they explain that for prescribed medications a patient can contact them direct on the number given above and they will liaise with the patient’s GP to determine if and how they can assist. If they can’t help for any reason they will ensure a patient is re-directed appropriately. Jasmine Clarke Head of Customer Care and Experience NHS Trafford Wakefield District PCT No Thank you for your email. Having made enquiries I am not aware of any specific withdrawal services currently commissioned within the Wakefield District, it is my understanding that services/support would be available locally by your own GP/GP Practice, is this something your have already looked into? I have contacted Spectrum Community Health for guidance and it may be worth your contacting them directly on 01924 330500 to discuss your issue. I hope this information helps. Kind regards Sarah Deakin PALS Officer Patient Advice & Liaison Service NHS Wakefield District Walsall Teaching PCT see Dudley NO FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 – NHS Dudley PCT - InvoluntaryTranquilliser Addiction - Ref: FOI/000144 Thank you for your email received on 14th May 2012. Your request for information as detailed below has now been considered. However unfortunately Dudley PCT do not provide or specifically commission services for patients dependent on benzodiazepine or Z drugs but who do not abuse them. Waltham Forest PCT NO - see Redbridge Warrington PCT NO – I rang Pathway to Recovery and although they provide a basic diazepam taper when I gave my own case as an example of converting from Ativan to diazepam, and then requiring specialist support throughout the withdrawal and post-withdrawal period, they do not provide a service at this level. Also, they did not seem to expect withdrawal symptoms which points to their dealing mainly with high dose benzo abuse; their main provision is for illicit crack cocaine and opioid use. I have now been able to obtain the information that you require.