Educating about the potential adverse effects of benzodiazepines taken as prescribed.

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BIC Attends Indiana Attorney General's Drug Abuse Symposium

Dr. Catherine Pittman spoke at the event on prescribed dependence, while Stephen and Sonja educated attendees on benzodiazepines.

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

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The Overlooked Risks of Benzodiazepines

Presented at the Indiana Attorney General's Drug Abuse Symposium on October 30, 2018. Presentation Video Presentation Slides [pdf-embedder url="" title="Overlooked Risks of...

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