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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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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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