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Why I Participate in World Benzodiazepine Awareness Day

The third annual World Benzodiazepine Awareness Day (W-BAD) will occur on Wednesday, July 11, 2018. This is my second year being involved as both as a physician and patient who was injured by benzodiazepines. Unlike more readily identifiable awareness campaigns, such...

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...

How Benzodiazepines Mimic Chronic Illness and What To Do About It

A common problem brought to the attention of Benzodiazepine Information Coalition (BIC) is the failure of patients and prescribers to recognize or properly diagnose problems that arise secondary to chronic benzodiazepine prescription. How does this come to be? A...

Toronto Man Leaves Heart-Wrenching Suicide Letter Naming Ativan as Murderer After Suffering Benzodiazepine Withdrawal Syndrome for 3 Years

“Masha’s” father’s life was destroyed because he followed his prescription for Ativan.  She contacted the Benzodiazepine Information
Coalition to share his suicide note, hoping to raise awareness about the dangers of prescribed benzodiazepines.  She states that “My father is dead.  He hanged himself in 2015.  He was taking Ativan for anxiety, as was Chris Cornell (lead singer of Soundgarden).  In light of Cornell’s suicide, also by hanging, I feel a duty to share my father’s suicide note.  If this letter speaks to you, please share it.”    

Worldwide Call to Action!

The Scottish Parliament & a U.S State Legislature Need Your Brief Statement. Two birds with one stone! Same information for Both U.S = speak only about Benzos Scotland = benzos & antidepressants are both acceptable Anyone in any country can participate! How to...