Our expert says:
Except in highly exceptional circumstances, no doctor should prescribe a dependency producing drug like Azor for more than a couple of months, and not 7 years. When the person requires an increasing dose to feel sedated by it, that is PROOF of dependency, and should be dealt with ONLY by a specialist psychiatrist with expertise in dependency. If she combines chronic Azor usage with alcohol, this is even more a reason for concern. These are addictions.
It was a responsible chemist who refused to continue supplying her, and sad that she apparently found others who were less correct and continued to supply her.
That she lives at a distance makes an already difficult situation even more difficult. And I suppose her GP, with whom one would need to discuss any attempt to get her into care, potentially involuntarily, is probably the one who has been feeding her addiction all these years.
Potentially, a good doctor who knows the patient and recognizes that there is a life-endangering addiction present, could, with the next of kin, arrange even for a compulsory admission, for assessment and potentially for treatment. I
Would it be possible to call and speak to this doctor, emphasizing that it's clear she has a serious chemical abuse problem, with Azor and alcohol, and needs specialist assessment and advice, and ask him to arrange for her to be seen by a suitable psychiatrist within reach ?
Maybe once she can see even he takes this seriously, she might accept the referral ?
Some suitable help, depending on where she lives, should be available through the state / provincial psychiatric services.
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