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.
Because benzodiazepine-injury often does not fit common preconceptions about “side effects,” its victims all too often suffer for years in silence, shame, and confusion. Our advocacy is informed by our members’ personal experience, the scientific literature, and input from an advisory board comprised of physicians and other medical and mental health professionals.
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
Finding accurate information on benzodiazepines is extremely difficult. Many prescribers are not informed about the issues arising from as-prescribed use, while many websites are selling inappropriate and dangerous solutions for financial gain. Our coalition is 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 advocacy and awareness efforts consider the potentially deadly consequences to patients and society arising from inadequate understanding of these problems by the medical profession and general public, such as inappropriate prescribing of these medications, mislabeling prescribed physical dependence as addiction, and subjecting patients to forced cessations.
Meet Our Board
Our coalition is comprised of the Board of Directors, Medical Advisory Board and General Advisory Board.