Druglink article 1987 – Dependence on tranquillisers by Malcolm Lader

Some say it’s worse than coming off heroin, other’s that it’s nearly ‘all in the mind’ – an example of the myths and confusion surrounding withdrawal from benzodiazepine tranquillisers, the most widely prescribed drugs in the world. One of Britain’s leading medical authorities on the subject reviews the evidence on withdrawal and its treatment: the conclusion is that the risks justify prescribing only for severe, otherwise unmanageable anxiety.

Dependence on tranquillisers (PDF)