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Benzo Stories: Amy

Benzo Stories: Amy

Amy shares her story of benzodiazepine harm and healing for our #BenzoStories series.   To see our latest stories, follow the hashtag #BenzoStories on our Instagram, Facebook, or YouTube channel. They can also be delivered via email by signing up for our...

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Benzo Blunders: “Do Prescription Sleeping Pills Actually Work?”

Benzo Blunders: “Do Prescription Sleeping Pills Actually Work?”

Emily Laurence’s recent article, Do Prescription Sleeping Pills Actually Work?, appeared May 31 in the online outlet Well + Good. While I’m glad to see someone ask the question, the piece ultimately misses the mark, as it fails to warn about the most common issues with sleeping pill (benzodiazepine and Z-drug) prescription. It also ignores the dearth of literature about risk/benefit and harm and confuses physical dependence with addiction. 

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Benzo Bulletin: Medication for sleep disturbance among midlife women of little benefit over longer-term

Benzo Bulletin: Medication for sleep disturbance among midlife women of little benefit over longer-term

Medicines for sleep disturbance are recommended for short-term use only although little is known about the effectiveness of such treatments when taken over longer periods of time. Prescription medication for sleep disturbances among midlife women during 2 years of follow-up: a SWAN retrospective cohort study. BMJ Open 2021

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Benzo Bulletin: Bills to Increase Access to Insulin, Address Opioid Crisis Clear Committee!

Benzo Bulletin: Bills to Increase Access to Insulin, Address Opioid Crisis Clear Committee!

Colorado bill HB21-1276, sponsored by Senator Brittany Pettersen, passed through committee yesterday. This bill requires a health benefit plan to provide coverage for non-pharmacological treatment as an alternative to opioids. It also seeks to limit the supply of benzodiazepines, sedatives commonly prescribed for anxiety and as a sleep aid. Further, the legislation aims to improve education around prescribing benzodiazepines and the potential harm of inappropriately limiting prescriptions to chronic pain patients. 

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