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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.”
1983 New York Study Shows Diazepam (Valium) No Better Than Placebo For Treatment of “Neurotic” Anxiety
Arthur Shapiro and colleagues published a randomized, double-blinded study in the 1983 Journal of Psychiatric Research entitled Diazepam: how much better than placebo? assessing the effectiveness of diazepam versus placebo and weekly psychotherapy in the treatment of...read more
Benzodiazepines come in many different dosages and strengths. One might assume there are enough dosages available to safely taper off of the drug but, for many patients, this is not true. Breaking a pill in half, or even quarters, while tapering can result in severe...read more