Brain damage from drugs
Diseases & symptoms linked to drugs
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[2010 Nov] Drugs linked to
brain damage 30 years ago Secret documents reveal that
government-funded experts were warned nearly 30 years ago that tranquillisers
that were later prescribed to millions of people could cause brain damage.
The Medical Research Council (MRC) agreed in 1982 that there should be
large-scale studies to examine the long-term impact of benzodiazepines after
research by a leading psychiatrist showed brain shrinkage in some patients
similar to the effects of long-term alcohol abuse. However, no such work
was ever carried out into the effects of drugs such as Valium, Mogadon and
Librium – and doctors went on prescribing them to patients for anxiety, stress,
insomnia and muscle spasms. ....There are an estimated 1.5 million "involuntary
addicts" in the UK, and scores display symptoms consistent with brain
damage....Professor Lader said yesterday: "The results didn't surprise us
because we already knew long-term alcohol use could cause permanent brain
changes. There should have been a really good, large-scale study but I was never
given the facilities or resources to do it.
"I asked to set up a unit to research benzos but they turned me down... they could have set-up a special safety committee, but they didn't even do that. I am not going to speculate why; I was grateful for the support they did give me. There were always competing interests for the same resources, so maybe it wasn't regarded as important enough."
He repeated the small study and found similar, inconclusive results, but then gave up. "I was getting on with other research and didn't want to be labelled as the person who just pushed benzos... I should have been more proactive... I assumed the prescribing would peter out, but GPs are still swinging them around like Smarties."