Educating about the potential adverse effects of benzodiazepines taken as prescribed.
Who we Are
We are a group of patients and medical professionals who believe the over-prescription of benzodiazepines without proper warning has resulted in a growing national epidemic of benzodiazepine injury. While we understand and respect the value of these drugs when used appropriately, deep and widespread ignorance of their risks on the part of patients and prescribers has caused enormous and preventable suffering.
Addiction or Harm?
Why Are We Solely Focused on Prescribed Use?
An analysis found that 12.5% of U.S. adults used benzodiazepines from 2015-2016, and only 0.2% met the criteria for a substance use disorder (SUD). Despite this, the mislabeling of prescribed patients as “addicted” continues in both medicine and the media, leading to confusion and dangerous, medically inappropriate treatments that can result in patient harm and protracted syndromes. This needs to change.
of prescribed patients experience benzodiazepine withdrawal
develop severe, lengthly protracted syndromes
of prescribed patients meet criteria for a substance abuse disorder or addiction
Programs & Projects
We seek to break the stigma and raise awareness around prescribed benzodiazepine injury, provide a voice to the patients who are suffering, and facilitate research and access to competent, evidence-based medical care for those impacted by benzodiazepine induced disability.
Medicating Normal documentary Screening Sponsored by the Richard Fee Foundation
On January 26, Dr. Michael Bohan, who serves on our medical advisory board, operated our booth at the Medicating Normal Screening. Medicating Normal is an award-winning documentary telling the untold story of the potential long-term…
Enduring neurological sequelae of benzodiazepine use: an Internet survey
The second paper reporting data from the benzodiazepine experience survey is now available online. The survey was designed in 2018 by Dr. Jane Macoubrie, a professor of communications and member of BIC’s general advisory board,…
Winter 2022 /2023 Update
Our Latest Updates Our medical director, Dr. Huff, presented the pilot training course Recovering from Benzodiazepines for Peer Support with D Foster of Easing Anxiety and Ginger Ross of Choices Recovery Training. This course, developed by the…
SAFE + EASY DONATIONS
Support Benzodiazepine Awareness and Help Us:
- Gain recognition of the existence and severity of prescribed benzodiazepine injury
- Hold and participate in events to educate prescribers and the public
- Push for policies that protect patients on benzodiazepines, whether they choose to remain on or taper off
- Protect those presented with benzodiazepines as a treatment option by giving them true informed consent
- Create more media awareness about this silent epidemic
- Advocate for more prescriber training in safe prescribing and cessation
- Fund research and show the need for future research that helps the harmed