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GPs need to be alerted to beta blocker overdose risk, says NHS safety watchdog

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Is there any drug, taken in overdose, that is not harmful in some way or another? The issue is about lack of mental health resources and access to ongoing care to support these patients. Drugs left in their box don't kill people. Its the factors that lead to an overdose attempt that do. banning co-proxamol has not stopped people taking overdoses. They just use something else. Instead of pharmacists, social prescribers and physios etc etc what would really help is more clinical psychologists, counsellors and support workers for patients with long term mental health issues including those with personality disorders and addictions. Sort out poverty, poor housing and domestic violence, drug and alcohol addiction, lack of education and social progression. make parenting classes part of the national curriculum. Then you may see a difference. We, in primary care, are just picking up the pieces of failed investments towards social responsibilities over many many years.

Posted date

06 Feb 2020

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1:49pm

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