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Benzodiazepine Information Coalition

Educating about the potential adverse effects of

benzodiazepines taken as prescribed.

Dr. Harold Gottlieb Joins Our Medical Advisory Board

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Harold Gottlieb to our medical advisory board. Dr. Gottlieb has served as a Chief Medical Officer for many years. He was the Gulf Coast Regional Chief Medical Officer for CHRISTUS Health, in Houston.  In this role, Dr. Gottlieb had...

Updated Benzodiazepine Informed Consent Available

We are pleased to release an updated version of our benzodiazepine informed consent. Authored by Dr. Christy Huff at Benzodiazepine Information Coalition and Dr. Steven Wright at the Alliance for Benzodiazepine Best Practices, the consent form is now available on our...

Benzo Bulletin: Quebec nursing home often gave morphine rather than treat COVID-19 patients, inquest told

Tu Thanh Ha of Canada's Globe and Mail covers a chilling story: “They didn’t all die but most did,” Sylvie Morin said. Ms....

Colorado Opioid Epidemic Symposium

Dr. Christy Huff presented Safe Prescribing Protocols of Benzodiazepines: Lessons Learned from the Opioid Crisis alongside Dr. Alexis Ritvo on July 18, 2021. [pdf id=17349]  

Benzo Bulletin: Boy, Interrupted: A Story of Akathisia

Lisa Loomer, award-winning screenwriter known for the film Girl, Interrupted, shared on Mad In America about her son...

Benzo Blunders: Braincast with “Pospo” and Professor Edward K. Silberman, on Benzodiazepines

I was immediately skeptical when I saw a tweet announcing an upcoming episode of Braincast, a U.K. podcast sponsored by...

Benzo Bulletin: Benzodiazepines – the new drug crisis?

East County Magazine in San Diego issued a warning from David R. Shorey, East County Program Manager, Institute for Public...

Benzo Bulletin: Despite risks, opioid users more likely to receive sedating medications

Researchers analyzed 171,766 responses to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health from 2015 to 2018 to determine how...

The Ashton Manual Available Now In Full On Our Site!

One of our goals as an organization is to place Benzodiazepines: How They Work and How to Withdraw (aka The Ashton Manual), into the hands of as many readers as possible. To accomplish our goal we offer free versions of the manual in various ebook formats, including...

Benzo Bulletin: Looking to Tackle Prescription Overload

Paula Span of the New York Times covers the prescription overload facing the elderly: For older patients, the most commonly...

Media Outreach

As an integral part of our outreach efforts, we offer awareness and education via many well-known media outlets and publications. 

Professional Speaking

We offer awareness and education through public speaking about benzodiazepine issues both in public and professional settings.

Research and Publications

Through our research we contribute to the scientific discussion about benzodiazepines.

Conferences and Events

Our participation in conferences and other events brings the benzodiazepine-harm message to the public.

Our Mission

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.


Our Vision

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.


Why We Are Different

With both professional and patient experience, we exist solely to raise awareness of the complex issues surrounding prescribed benzodiazepine use, and to prevent further patient injury.


Our History

In the summer of 2016, Benzodiazepine Information Coalition formed as a U.S. non-profit organization dedicated to advocating for awareness and reform around the dangers of benzodiazepines, motivated by the years of watching benzodiazepine-injury support groups grow in membership by the thousands without any corresponding increase in attention from the public or medical community.


Our Strategy

We seek change by educating and partnering with doctors, mental health providers, journalists, lawmakers, researchers, the benzodiazepine-impacted community, and society at large.


Our Philosophy

Our work will continue until benzodiazepines are at the forefront of the national healthcare conversation; until patients are given adequate informed consent; until the rate of injury is significantly lowered; and until those cases that remain are understood and treated appropriately.

Media Outreach

Some of the media outlets we have assisted…