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.
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.
We received a new FDA communication dated August 3, 2022 about benzodiazepine use during pregnancy: This communication is to inform you that FDA is requiring manufacturers of all benzodiazepine medicines to update and standardize the…
Our director is presenting her lived benzodiazepine experience as a keynote speaker for the California Society of Addiction Medicine’s 2022 conference, August 24 through the 27th. The California Society of Addiction Medicine is the largest…
A documentary project about the pharmaceutical industry’s history is seeking individuals willing to have research conversations about their personal experiences with Valium (diazepam). There is the possibility of an on-camera interview as well. Requirements: You…
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