Who participates in World Benzodiazepine Awareness Day?
This day belongs to everyone all over the world—victims of benzodiazepines and their families, friends, caregivers, supportive doctors/medical providers as well as other concerned citizens who wish to bring awareness and force change around the problem of long-term prescription and iatrogenic dependence to benzodiazepines.
“World Benzodiazepine Awareness Day aims to highlight the plight of all patients worldwide who have become prescribed-drug dependents through no fault of their own, who are denied right of access to dedicated withdrawal clinics and aftercare, who are left to struggle off these drugs without support.” —Barry Haslam, Chair of W-BAD
World Benzodiazepine Awareness Day belongs to the world, and everyone is welcome to participate in whatever way they may wish. If everyone can do just a little something, together we can all make a huge difference.
Even Physicians Participate in World Benzodiazepine Awareness Day:
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Who are the Organizers of World Benzodiazepine Awareness Day?
World Benzodiazepine Awareness Day was conceived by the acting Chair Barry Haslam, former Chair of Oldham TRANX, and jointly organized by Wayne Douglas, founder of benzo.case.com / benzo-case-japan.com. Barry Haslam joined with New Zealander Wayne Douglas to launch the day after they were introduced to each other through Prof. David Healy, a world-renowned psychiatrist, psychopharmacologist, scientist and author based in London, UK. The pair have received messages of support for W-BAD from around the world.
The following video features Barry and Sue Haslam (Barry’s wife) explaining how benzodiazepine drug dependence have impacted their lives and the lives of their 2 daughters. It was filmed in the Haslam home in December 2013 by the Charity, Addiction Dependency Solutions, in Manchester, North of England, a charity which now runs 3 dedicated benzodiazepine withdrawal services and after-care facilities in England (there is nothing like this available in the U.S.). The video is hard hitting, tearful and truthful but gives hope.
In this video, Barry Haslam speaks about W-BAD and how it’s an extension of his 30 years of campaigning in the UK about prescribed benzodiazepine dependence and withdrawal. It was filmed in July 2016 for W-BAD’s inaugural year: (1:43)
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In the following video (15:23 ), you can view Wayne’s public address from July 11, 2016—W-BAD’s inaugural year. Please note that some items in it may be outdated due to the fact that the video was filmed in 2016.