Painkiller prescriptions have increased by 25% over the last 5 years, despite research showing that such tablets only work around 50% of the time. Five million people in the UK are on antidepressants and their prescribed use among teens has increased by 50% over the past 7 years.
His main concern, though, is that we are losing the battle against bacteria and we will soon run into the problem of total drug resistance so that doctors will no longer have any weapons to fight infectious diseases. This will, says van Tulleken "spell the end of life as we know it".
You can link to part 1 of the programme here http://bbc.in/2cdufhj (it's in 2 parts, and the next part will be screened on Thursday 22 September).
Another example of where we need to question the use of drugs is in RLS. We know that simply prescribing dopaminergic drugs to boost dopamine levels in the brain often makes patients worse.
"Restless legs syndrome is a progressive disease. The question is not do people get worse over time -- they do," says Richard Allen, Associate Professor of Neurology at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore. "But dopamine [agonists] make patients worse than they were before. We get people who have symptoms 24 hours a day, which is profoundly disturbing"
Here at monkmedicalgroup we have specialised in the treatment of RLS by positional release manipulation which a safe and drug free approach and is remarkably effective in most patients.
For more information please visit our sister website at www.therestlesslegsclinic.co.uk