§ 20. Mr. Jopling
asked the Minister of Health whether he has considered the evidence, details of which have been sent 985 to him, given to a Senate Sub-Committee in Washington of the danger to health, and of deaths being caused by slimming pills; and what evidence he has of similar problems being met in this country.
§ Mr. Jopling
Is the hon. Gentleman aware that in the United States, where these deaths have been reported, clinics exist for slimming, in which doctors specialise, and that there is very little to prevent doctors from doing much the same here and dishing out these most dangerous drugs on prescriptions to anyone who cares to call?
§ Dr. John Dunwoody
Would my hon. Friend say whether over the last few years there has been an increase or decrease in the amount of amphetamines prescribed in this country?
§ Mr. Cronin
Would my hon. Friend bear in mind that being substantially over-weight is also a dangerous disease and that this is a much more serious consideration than the infrequent dangers of amphetamine drugs?