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.

Latest News

Sonja Styblo Receives Massachusetts Senate Citation for Work with Benzodiazepine Advocacy

The National Association of Social Workers presented BIC General Advisory Board member Sonja Styblo with a citation from the senate in recognition of her perseverance and dedication to working on informed consent of benzodiazepines and her constant willingness to work on legislation that assists social workers.

BIC Appears in Pew National Article

These Pills Could Be Next U.S. Drug Epidemic, Public Health Officials Say by Christine Vestal

Celebrating 3rd Annual World Benzodiazepine Awareness Day

World Benzodiazepine Awareness Day Occurs on July 11

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

Words can hurt those on benzodiazepines

There exists a large, mostly-underground, growing community consisting of those iatrogenically harmed by benzodiazepines. Guilty only of following doctors orders, these patients are marginalized and misunderstood. This has been enabled, at least in part, by poor...

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