GPs can break benzo reliance in 20 mins

A 20-minute tete-a-tete with a GP can prompt nearly half of long-term benzodiazepine users to stop taking the drugs, a randomised trial finds.

With just three hours of extra training, GPs in the Spanish study managed to get 45% of older patients to discontinue their benzodiazepines within a year — meeting little resistance in the process.

It took one dedicated consultation: a 20-minute ‘educational interview' to discuss the potential harms of