Where does World Benzodiazepine Awareness Day occur?
The problem of iatrogenic benzodiazepine dependency, misprescription, overprescription, poly-drugging, and long-term use is invasive and worldwide.
The “World” in World Benzodiazepine Awareness Day’s name indicates that the organization (with the public’s help) seeks to raise global awareness about the severe problem of iatrogenic (medically induced) benzodiazepine drug dependency that continues to affect millions of unsuspecting, innocent people worldwide—either directly or indirectly.
World Benzodiazepine Awareness Day is not possible without you—the world.
“People are free to give recognition to this day in their own way. An initiative like this may take some time to catch on, but I’m sure it has the potential to gain momentum over successive years. There is ample talent amongst benzodiazepine victims and campaigners, so let’s pool our resources and ideas, and raise some awareness. All the best to everyone, and I hope that this day grows in its own way in its own time, and turns out to be something special.” —Wayne Douglas, W-BAD’s Co-Organizer
World Benzodiazepine Awareness Day occurs on social media.
Participants are encouraged to share videos, pictures, testimonials, their stories, art, music, etc. to spread awareness on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, etc. Use the hashtag #WORLDBENZODAY when campaigning and posting/sharing W-BAD awareness materials.
World Benzodiazepine Awareness Day occurs publicly.
World Benzodiazepine Awareness Day occurs during events.
Some people, including those who participate in support groups, may consider hosting an event such as an outdoor camping event, hosting a party to bring people together, or plan a picnic to celebrate the day.
World Benzodiazepine Awareness Day occurs in families and social circles.
This day can also be about family; in times of illness, a family can often be the only thing a person has. Benzodiazepines can also tear families apart. Some may have lost family members because of these drugs (e.g., to death, suicide or abandonment). Some may be discouraged by an apparent lack of understanding from certain family members. Then there are those who may not have a family, or who feel alienated from their families altogether, yet they likely have ‘family’ within the benzodiazepine support groups.
Whatever the case, the strain that these drugs can place on families is immense, so W-BAD also encourages people to use this day to develop appreciation and understanding amongst families.
World Benzodiazepine Awareness Day occurs on YouTube.
Campaigners for W-BAD from all over the world submitted testimonials on YouTube for W-BAD’s inaugural year.
World Benzodiazepine Awareness Day occurs in medical professional’s offices and in hospitals, pharmacies, and other medical facilities.
Many campaigners for W-BAD’s inaugural year handed out pamphlets in hospitals and medical facilities. Some told their medical providers it was World Benzodiazepine Awareness Day and explained the significance of the day. Others wrote letters to their medical providers in an attempt to inform them about iatrogenic benzodiazepine dependence, withdrawal, and potential harms.
World Benzodiazepine Awareness Day occurs in your states (in the US).
Resolutions have been filed in: Massachusetts and Maryland State Houses giving official recognition to World Benzodiazepine Awareness Day. See how you can achieve the same in your state.
World Benzodiazepine Awareness Day occurs on film.
W-BAD’s inaugural year was filmed to be included in the documentary “As Prescribed,” a film by Holly Hardman. The film, through personal accounts and investigating the mounting evidence, reveals the errant medical culture that promotes benzodiazepines and tells the story of an epidemic that is devastating lives globally.
World Benzodiazepine Awareness Day occurs in the UK Parliament.
World Benzodiazepine Awareness Day occurs with support from other organizations and agencies in spreading awareness:
For the inaugural year (2016), W-BAD received support in spreading awareness from cepuk.org, Mad in America, REST Project, Addiction Dependency Solutions, Dr. Kelly Brogan, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Reconnexion, among many others.
World Benzodiazepine Awareness Day occurs in the media.
World Benzodiazepine occurs in quotes.
World Benzodiazepine Awareness Day occurs in blogs.
World Benzodiazepine Awareness Day occurs in your Ministry of Health/Healthcare Administration.
During the inaugural year of W-BAD, many Japanese campaigners for World Benzodiazepine Awareness Day traveled far and wide to gather at the Ministry of Health in Tokyo, which determines food and drug relations in Japan. An hour-long meeting was held where the campaigners were allowed to submit a petition, share their stories and present information to the Ministry of Health about the problem of iatrogenic benzodiazepine dependence and harms. A visit to the Ministry of Health is scheduled to occur again for W-BAD 2017.
World Benzodiazepine Awareness Day occurs through photography, fashion, music, art, and creativity.
W-BAD T-shirts were donned and pictures were posted of campaigner’s wearing their W-BAD gear. Iatrogenic benzodiazepine awareness can be raised through music, drama and other arts. You can participate just by wearing your W-BAD gear during an event.
World Benzodiazepine Awareness Day occurs through sports.
Some campaigners wear their T-shirts to run in public competitive races and even have W-BAD printed on their shoes! (click to enlarge image above); while others sponsor W-BAD.
World Benzodiazepine Awareness Day occurs wherever in the world campaigners raise awareness.
We hope for W-BAD grow and expand each year to increase awareness globally about iatrogenic benzodiazepine dependence and harms through the many varied efforts of passionate campaigners and W-BAD’s supporters.