Mission Statement

Benzodiazepine Information Coalition is a non-profit organization that advocates for greater understanding of the potentially devastating effects of commonly prescribed benzodiazepines such as Xanax, Ativan, Valium, and Klonopin, as well as prevention of patient injury through medical recognition, informed consent, and education.

The Problem

While it might initially seem that these communities and video blogs are simply artifacts of the internet culture, a closer look at the stories told on these forums suggests a different message. The message is that physicians have been unprepared for these withdrawal disorders and are unable to treat or even guide patients through complicated withdrawal from these substances.

Josef Witt-Doerring, MBBS, Daryl Shorter, MD, Thomas Kosten, MD

Online Communities for Drug Withdrawal: What Can We Learn?

Issues surrounding patient information and patient-centred care when prescribing benzodiazepines emerged as a common theme in many submissions from withdrawal charities and support groups. This reflected concerns that patients are not adequately informed of the harms and risks associated with benzodiazepines, and that patient consent to begin a course of benzodiazepines, based on an understanding of these harms/risks, often is not gained.

British Medical Association

Prescribed drugs associated with dependence and withdrawal – building a consensus for action

Recent Blogs

But Rather, Slowly Taper

[Spoiler alert: This essay reveals details about the plot of the movie 127 Hours] My name is Nicole and I am a physician assistant. I haven’t practiced since 2010 because of a protracted disability resulting from severe neurological insult. More specifically, I was...

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10 Things Uninformed Benzodiazepine Prescribers Do

1. They prescribe benzodiazepines long-term without informed consent. Informed consent is a foundation of medicine, both ethically and legally.  When a prescriber writes a long-term (2-4 weeks or more) benzodiazepine prescription for a patient, they should also be...

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