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On November 8, 2021, members of our coalition, the medical field and the general public testified before the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Mental Health, Substance Use and Recovery about two bills, S.1260 & H.2117: An Act relative to benzodiazepines and non-benzodiazepine hypnotics. Many patients shared their extensive harm from prescribed benzodiazepines and experts weighed in on the topic. 

Experts included:

Dr. Christy Huff

Dr. Josef Witt-Doerring

Dr. Patricia Halligan

Nicole Lamberson, PA

Michael Bohan, MD

Alexis Ritvo, MD

Peter Martelly, MD

Other Testimony included:

Geraldine Burns

Sonja Styblo, LMSW

Finally, harmed patient testimony:


The full hearing may be viewed and downloaded HERE.




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