The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Prescribed Drug Dependence (APPG for PDD) is a cross-party parliamentary group dedicated to persuading government, government departments and relevant public and medical bodies to reduce the individual and social harms associated with the injudicious and over use of prescribed psychoactive medications (e.g. antidepressants. benzodiazepines, antipsychotics, stimulants and painkillers).

More detail on its mission and aims can be found here: http://prescribeddrug.org

The group is currently pursuing two main goals:

• To influence government to provide a dedicated 24 helpline and associated services to support people dependent on prescription drugs.
• To create and deploy guidance materials for talking therapists to support them working with issues of prescribed drug dependence.

Representatives from the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), the British Psychological Society (BPS) and the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) - which collectively represent 70,000+ psychological therapists in the UK – have joined APPG representatives in forming a Steering Group committed to creating and deploying such guidance.

The National User Survivor Network (NSUN) has been invited to join the Steering Group to ensure that the client / service user voice is represented.

For more on the APPG for PDD, please download this summary description