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Insights from Ireland: Conversation with Dr. Colin Bradley (Part I)

Updated: Mar 21, 2023

Dr. Colin Bradley is a physician, professor, and a 2017 Fulbright Scholar. He has studied the opioid and benzodiazepine crises in both the U.S. and Ireland; and was appointed as an advisor to the Irish government on benzodiazepines.

In Part I of our conversation, we compare the benzo situation in Ireland and the U.S., explore the effects of limitations and litigation on prescribing, investigate street use in urban populations, and share our concern for prescribed use among the elderly among other topics. There’s a lot here. I hope you enjoy it.

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00:00 INTRODUCTION 07:52 INTERVIEW Intro 11:33 About Dr. Bradley 14:10 Fulbright Scholarship 16:58 Irish vs. U.S. Addiction Problems 19:38 Irish Benzo Awareness / Restrictions 23:08 Medication Accessibility for Tapering 24:12 Litigation Effects on Prescribing 28:05 Finding a Doctor 31:21 The Ashton Manual 33:30 U.S. Catching Up to Ireland 37:36 Benzos and the Elderly 39:04 Street Use in Cork 40:34 Closing



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Guest Bio

Colin Bradley is professor of general practice at University College Cork in Southern Ireland and leads the Department of General Practice in the UCC School of Medicine. He was also fortunate to be awarded a Fulbright Scholarship in 2017, which enabled him to travel to the US to study the opioid crisis. Around 2000, Colin was appointed to a group set up to advise the Irish government on benzodiazepines. This group published a report on benzodiazepine prescribing at that time and made a number of recommendations on how prescribing of these medicines could be improved and made safer. He is now working with a group of academics and people who have experienced issues with benzodiazepine use, and withdrawal to co-design some strategies to help better manage benzodiazepine related issues in primary care.


The Podcast

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