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.
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
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.
Who knew a harmless prescription by a trusted physician would destroy my life and health? For half of my twenties I experienced bizarre symptoms that didn’t fit any specific diagnosis. They seemed to mimic several chronic and rare illnesses, and so I subjected...read more
Presented at the Indiana Attorney General's Drug Abuse Symposium on October 30, 2018. Presentation Video Presentation Slides [pdf-embedder url="http://benzoinfo.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Overlooked-Risks-of-Benzodiazepine-Use.pdf" title="Overlooked Risks of...read more
We are inviting and urging anyone who has taken a benzodiazepine to fill out a...read more