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Benzodiazepine Information Coalition

Educating about the potential adverse effects of

benzodiazepines taken as prescribed.

Benzodiazepine Awareness with Geraldine Burns: Conversations in the Kitchen

Marjorie Carmen and Sonja Styblo, both benzo survivors, join Geraldine Burns for a conversation about benzodiazepine harm. Listen to Benzodiazepine Awareness with Geraldine Burns: Conversations in the Kitchen on Apple Podcasts HERE, on YouTube HERE and on Spotify...

Use of High-risk Medications Among Lonely Older Adults

From July 26, 2021, appearing in JAMA Internal Medicine:  Loneliness, the emotional distress resulting from a discrepancy between one’s actual and desired level of social connection, is associated with physical and psychological symptoms in older adults, including...

Long-term anticholinergic, benzodiazepine and Z-drug use in community-dwelling older adults: What is the impact on cognitive and neuropsychological performance?

From a 2021 study published in the International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry:  Abstract Background: Long-term use of anticholinergics, benzodiazepines and related drugs (or "Z-drugs") have been associated with cognitive impairment and dementia. However, the...

Benzo Bulletin: Blood Thinners and Benzodiazepines Among Top Drugs That Send People to the ER

From Healthline:  The most frequent reason for ER visits due to medication harms in younger adults ages 25 to 44 involved...

Join us for a FREE session Benzodiazepine-Induced Brain Injury: The Hidden Prescription Epidemic

Join us on October 28th at 8:30-9:45 am Mountain Daylight Time (7:30-8:45 am Pacific, 9:30-10:45 am Central, 10:30-11:45 am Eastern) at the Colorado Consortium’s 2021 Annual Meeting for a free session on Zoom entitled Benzodiazepine-Induced Brain Injury: The Hidden...

Benzo Bulletin: Pharmacists see 15% rise in prescriptions for antidepressants, anti-anxiety drugs

From the Irish Examiner: Irish pharmacists are dispensing an increasing number of antidepressants, mood stabilisers, and...

Benzo Bulletin: Vegas Golden Knights’ Robin Lehner accuses NHL teams of medical malpractice

From ESPN:  Vegas Golden Knights goalie Robin Lehner accused NHL teams of medical malpractice, including offering...

Benzo Bulletin: ‘Last Week Tonight With John Oliver’ Pays Tribute To Michael K. Williams & Producer Amanda Bayard

Last Week Tonight recently honored the life of Amanda Bayard. Deadline covered the story: The show’s first show back in the...

What I Was Not Taught in Medical School About Benzodiazepines

In this video, our director, Dr. Christy Huff, shares about what she was not taught in medical school about benzodiazepines.  Dr. Christy Huff, is a cardiologist residing in Fort Worth, Texas. She attended medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical...

Benzo Bulletin: Cape Cod company’s unique collaboration serving as inspiration for others: Made in Mass.

From WCVB5 in Boston, Massachusetts: In January 2017, Fitzmaurice became chronically ill after his nervous system was...

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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…