I have started this blog as a way of campaigning for issues that may be well understood by the online Benzodiazepine support community but are as yet not understood by the general public. I have been left severely physically disabled from prescribed benzodiazepine medication.
There is a TV programme here in the UK called “Room 101” based on the saying “to banish to room 101”. I chose the blog title deliberately using the word ‘victim’ and not ‘survivor’ (I have been left disabled with no medical help and cannot honestly say I’m a survivor at this stage). I chose ‘101’ because victims have been swept under the carpet by the medical establishment, banished into solitude by their disabilities and information has been ‘got rid of’ by those who wish to keep this problem concealed. In that respect this disaster is no different to the blood poisoning scandal, Thalidomide or even The Hillsborough Disaster.
Whilst this was initially started as a personal blog it will also be used to highlight many victims voices and also to host guest blogs for others. A year ago I couldn’t even write my own name, so I’m doing my best to get my brain back by writing.
If you require help tapering off Benzodiazepines please consult the Ashton Manual at http://www.benzo.org.uk
In addition there are online support groups such as BenzoBuddies and Beating Benzos on FB.
World Benzodiazepine Awareness Day has an informative site at http://www.w-bad.org.
The following website by Wayne Douglas is a must read: http://www.benzo-case-japan.com/index-english.php
The following is the most compelling page from Professor Heather Ashton. https://www.benzo.org.uk/adv.htm
N.b. I am not a doctor (Thank God!) and so my blog should not be taken as medical advise.
Thank you for reading.
On this blog there is a post that details all documentaries and media articles written about benzos from the 1980’s to the present day. Here are the two “must sees” from that long list.
The Benzodiazepine Medical Disaster, by Shane Kenny, former radio presenter, damaged by benzodiazepines. Featuring Prof Sir Malcolm Lader and Prof Heather Ashton, leading UK experts on benzodiazepines.
“As prescribed” by Holly Hardman