Hertfordshire Medicines Management Committee

Benzodiazepines and risk of suicide – memo from HMMC 

In a recent letter to mental health providers from NHS England and NHS Improvement, the potential risks of suicide associated with benzodiazepine prescribing and withdrawal were highlighted. In view of this letter, please find here a memo from HMMC . This reminds all prescribers of good practice when prescribing and withdrawing benzodiazepines and encourages consideration of the need to seek specialist advice from the local substance misuse service, CGL Spectrum.