Action on Prescribed Drug Dependence (Scotland) has been  established to campaign for recognition of the suffering experienced by patients who have unwittingly become dependent on prescribed medication such as sleeping pills, tranquillisers, antidepressants and painkillers.  The medical profession is responsible for creating this problem.  Dependent patients deserve appropriate NHS support during the withdrawal period which can be horrendous and prolonged, sometimes lasting for years.

The campaign is driven by Fiona French, Aberdeen and Ann Kelly, Recovery and Renewal, Helensburgh.

recoveryandrenewal@gmail.com          Tel: 07557799050


Fiona has been bedridden for two years after tapering off 5 mg nitrazepam, Ann has been left disabled after tapering off the antidepressant, effexor.

APDD aims to do the following:

(1) Raise public awareness of the issues involved by seeking publicity via newspapers, magazines, television and radio.

(2) Raise questions about the year-on-year increases of antidepressant prescribing in Scotland.

(2) Make contact with fellow sufferers and gather evidence of patient experiences of PDD.

(3) Lobby the Scottish government to take action to provide specialist support to those patients adversely affected by benzodiazepines, antidepressants and other psychiatric drugs.

(4) To work in parallel with the ongoing campaign in England, particularly the All Party Parliamentary Group on PDD in the House of Commons.  The APPG is calling for a national helpline, specialist support services and research into the long-term effects of these drugs.  GPs also need to be better educated on the devastating effects of PDD.  Surely patients in NHS Scotland deserve similar action.


This is not a support website.  The links page provides details of online support groups.

Please contact us with your experience of the above drugs at


11 Responses to Purpose

  1. truthman30 says:

    Great blog. thanks for following my Seroxat one 🙂


  2. Betsy Scala says:

    Thanks for being proactive and helping those on BB


  3. Ann Hunter says:

    Hope your feeling more well .Keep up good work and if you feel I can help let me know .


    • fhfrench says:

      Thank you very much for getting in touch, Ann. I have been very ill again since Christmas and been unable to continue with the campaign. I will re-assess when I am feeling better again.


  4. stuart simpson says:

    Excellent work, especially considering how much the effects of the drugs in question can impair people after withdrawal. It’s not easy to fight back when one is in effect disabled. Carry On with the campaign please


  5. Excellent work, even more impressive given that the drugs have in effect disabled us. Carry On!


    • fhfrench says:

      Thank you, Stuart. I haven’t been able to do very much this year at all because my cognition has been so poor but I was active at the end of last year. Ann is doing well though .. meeting with Health Secretary and CMO next week.


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