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# benzodiazepines

Last year
GP centre won't prescribe 'highly addictive' painkillers due to concerns over illegal drug trade
There have been growing concerns in recent weeks about the sale of opioids and other powerful painkillers.
A GP centre in Dublin is refusing to prescribe powerful painkillers like Oxycontin or "highly addictive" benzodiazepines
Health Minister Stephen Donnelly said prescription medications often end up being sold on the street
Benzodiazepines are generally prescribed to treat anxiety, sleep disorders and seizures
All time
Man arrested for €650,000 worth of benzodiazepines in Dundalk has been released
Irish doctors urged to stop over-prescribing benzodiazepines and similar drugs
'We spend €400 million each year on drugs while only €10 million is spent on counselling'
Sean Byrne
Plans to clampdown on abuse of anti-anxiety drugs ready 'within months'
Column: Legislation changes our drugs landscape – but it isn’t a complete solution
Tony Duffin
Legislation to address street trading of benzodiazepines 'due in early 2013'