EXCLUSIVE: World Benzo Awareness Day, First Step To End Global Dependency Woes

EXCLUSIVE: World Benzo Awareness Day, First Step To End Global Dependency Woes
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In a bid to raise awareness towards the global epidemic of Benzodiazepine or ‘benzos’ dependency, a global campaign dubbed as World Benzo Awareness Day (WBAD) has been gaining ground.


Wayne Douglas, founder of a benzo dependency advocacy website Benzo-Case.com told Morning News USA in an email that the time has come when the community and private individuals must step up in addressing the worsening issue of benzo dependency across the world, particularly the ‘doctor-induced’ benzo dependency. Benzodiazepines are types of prescription drugs that are commonly given to patients with anxiety disorders.

As previously reported by Morning News USA, data from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showed that the number of benzodiazepine overdose incidents has spiked in the recent years. In fact, it was revealed that around 30 percent of the 22,767 prescription dependency-related deaths in the US alone involved benzodiazepine overdose. This translates to a total of 6,973 deaths in 2013.

“I have seen so many people suffering, committing suicide because they cannot tolerate the prolonged withdrawal reactions and the damage done to them any longer, and there is very little, if any, help available to them,” Douglas told Morning News USA.

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“This is simply not good enough, so W-BAD is about empowering the victims (innocent citizens) and saying that enough is enough, this needs to be brought under control now, and suitable withdrawal facilities need to be provided to help people recover from their iatrogenic damages and return to society with their integrity intact,” Douglas said.

He explained that the World Benzo Awareness Day is so important because governments all over the world have failed to address the issue, despite decades of people crying out for help, ongoing warnings from experts, and lobbying from campaigners.

“It seems to have become a political game centred on profit making while millions of innocent citizens have been left alone to suffer in the dark,” he explained further.

Douglas knew the struggle first hand.

“As someone who has experienced “doctor induced benzo dependency” first hand, I can tell you it is absolute hell – ongoing hell that often continues for months and years!”

He authored a book entitled Under The Rising Sun, where he shared his personal experience in one of the darkest times in his life.

In order to bring the issue into the awareness of the public, Douglas and other advocates have worked hand in hand to initiate the first WBAD. In one of his conversations with a colleague Barry Haslam, former Chair of Oldham TRANX, based in England, the idea of having a benzo awareness day to be celebrated across the world was conceived.

The first WBAD, which is slated for July 11, aims to bring the issue of benzo dependency into the mainstream.

Douglas’ works have been endorsed by the late British Prime Minister Hon. Jim Dobbin, as well the world leading authority on the issue of benzo awareness and advocacy, Professor Heather Ashton; both of whom were endorsed by British Prime Minister, Rt. Hon. David Cameron.

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  • Shelly

    This is great but It’s NOT abuse. Most people who use Benzos don’t abuse them. it’s dependency!! This is not abuse! Please get it right!!

  • Jeri Tresler

    Thank you for this article promoting Benzo awareness, but those of us who have been damaged by taking these drugs, AS PRESCRIBED, would appreciate it if you would familiarize yourself more thoroughly with the subject matter.

    Of course, any dangerous drug, (and benzos ARE dangerous) when abused, causes problems. The issue here is that benzodiazepines cause problems for people even when taken faithfully as prescribed by their doctors. Further, doctors themselves are not being properly informed on the risks of using these drugs, or on the proper way to take people off of them.

    This has, as briefly mentioned above, led many people to experience a severe discontinuation syndrome. For some people, this can be so severe, and last for so long, that even people who have managed to find out what is happening to them, and find out that it is temporary, STILL end up committing suicide because they cannot endure the torturous symptoms any longer. Their suicide, of course, is then blamed on their “mental” illness.

    • Bradford

      THANK-YOU, Jeri….I’m a benzo sufferer, and if I *DID* commit suicide, it would be an Iatrogenic one…. My so-called “mental illness” was caused by NAMI!

    • SH

      It’s a severe drug WITHDRAWAL syndrome. it is Pharma who decided to substitute the term “physical dependency” for patients…and “addiction” for illicit use. Also “discontinuation syndrome” for the ‘Benzodiazepine withdrawal syndrome.” This is a subtle way of deceiving patients and diffusing the inevitable physiological process of tolerance and physical addiction. Dr. Heather Ashton addressed this issue once in a talk, scoffing at the semantic wordplay. Pharma and the APA are responsible for the incredible ignorance, lack of information for Doctors and patients: they rejected the Ashton Manual when Dr. Ashton tried to introduce it in the U.S. in 2001 after publication in 2000. The truth about benzodiazepines, plus an effective, safe withdrawal protocol, would have threatened their profits, marketing shares…in the $billions. Pharma and the APA are responsible for the years of illness, suffering, and deaths caused by these highly toxic drugs!!

  • Stephen Bailey

    It is Abuse, Starting with Pharma Industries, to Scientists, through to Drs & Psychiatrists, that have failed to make relevant & Truthful notes. I have campaigned for over 25 years now. In that time have written, in great details, to all Medical Establishments, Drs, Psychiatrists, many solicitors, Police, Government & Medical Research Councils. Whereas, ALL my work has been either been lost, (simply means ignored), and given no priority whatsoever.
    The Ignorance, Abuse & Criminal Behaviours MUST CEASE !

    • SH

      It has become a huge political issue!!

  • Bradford

    And how IRONIC – this article is “sponsored” sorta, by advertising for *Suboxone*, a DRUG to treat opiate/opioid & heroin addiction. Where’s the Suboxone for benzos????

    • SH

      The scam of immense profits gleaned from the unnecessary prescribing of Suboxone was just revealed recently…I don’t have the link on hand. maybe on Ginger Breggin’s Facebook page. I’ll look for it.

    • Spring-Heeled Jim

      That is a very good question Bradford, one that was not answered.. btw. However, if Big Pharma can produce it then it will be marketed and sold for billions. They are probably close to releasing a drug soon, which is why you are suddenly hearing all the warning and dire consequences of using these drugs for such a long time. Also, notice all of these drugs have generics now, how convenient? My doctor told me, you do realize that benzos have been linked to Dementia, Alzheimer’s, etc.? Well, that’s just fantastic. I guess I will develop Dementia, but I’m not coming off of benzos again! I was forced off of them for two years, the worst two years of my life. I literally prayed I would have cancer and die. Two years! I don’t have enough time in my life to see how many more years I will suffer, just give me my script.

  • Wayne Douglas


    I would like to thank Jereco for writing this article, but must confirm that my
    website is not a “benzo ‘abuse’ advocacy website” but rather a “benzo
    dependency advocacy website” which aims to highlight the problem of doctor induced
    dependency and associated iatrogenic damages in cases where innocent citizens
    simply take the drugs ‘as prescribed’ with absolutely no association to ‘abuse’
    at all.

    Although, I must point out that, because of the highly addictive nature of
    these prescription drugs, they can sometimes lead to so-called ‘abuse’ in some cases
    because people need to take more and more to maintain the drug effects due to
    the development of tolerance and neruo adaptation (to suppress withdrawal reactions) – this is why they are not recommended for more than 2-4 weeks, but so many doctors negligently prescribe
    well beyond this – often for many years, and worse yet, co-prescribe them which can cause irreversible damages and even be lethal. But even in such cases as these, it’s still the
    doctors causing the problems in the first instance…

    Recreational use in the streets is an entirely separate issue and pales in comparison to the
    numbers suffering at the hands of their doctors and associated socio-economic costs
    to society.

    Please see the Did You Know? Section of my website: