Is your baby a “drug baby?” Benzodiazepines have been found to be one of the most addictive drugs known to mankind, yet they somehow remain legal, even in light of numerous studies tying withdrawal in newborns to their mothers prescribed medications.
Over 10 million Americans are prescribed benzodiazepines such as Xanax, Ativan, Klonopin, Valium & Librium each year, with an apathetic/arrogant medical community which seems to be doing little to curtail the epidemic.
If you or a loved one are addicted to “benzos”, and particularly if you’re pregnant, please research the links below for knowledge. Your baby shouldn’t have to experience weeks, or months of withdrawals from this tremendously underestimated drug.
Collective studies of “Benzodiazepine Withdrawal syndrome.”
List of common benzodiazepine medications.
Facebook Benzodiazepine support group. – http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/groups/112449132147409
Website of former pharmaceutical sales representative, and author of, “Confessions of an Rx Drug Pusher.” http://www.gwenolsen.com/
DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) website. 1999 Benzodiazepine statistics. http://www.justice.gov/dea/concern/benzodiazepines.html
March of Dimes illicit drugs/pregnancy page. http://www.marchofdimes.com/Pregnancy/alcohol_illicitdrug.html
American Pregnency Association illicit drugs statistics page. http://www.americanpregnancy.org/main/statistics.html
FDA (Food & Drug Administration) Klonopin disclosure form. http://www.fda.gov/ohrms/dockets/dailys/03/oct03/100203/03p-0464-cp00001-03-attach-02-vol1.pdf
UK benzo site, including the “Ashton Manual”, the culmination of 12 years of clinical studies by Dr. Heather Ashton, DM, FRCP, considered the authority of benzodiazepine recovery. – http://www.benzo.org.uk/
THE FOLLOWING IS FROM AN ANONYMOUS (PHYSICIAN) FATHER OFA TEEN ON BENZOS, WHO’S NOW RECOVERING IN HIS 20’S.
“As the father of someone going through benzo withdrawal, and a physician, I find it incredibly frustrating that our physician networks and knowledgebase in the U.S. is almost totally lacking. I am quite aware that the pharmaceutical industry, through marketing, has more effect on many physician decisions than the available literature. Any physician unwilling to appraise themselves of the great offering of articles on Benzo withdrawal and dependence/tolerance issues should not pretend to offer treatment. I would go to your visits armed with 1 or 2 Ashton papers or others published in scholarly journals, and insist they read them. Understanding that, I think the medical community in most places in the U.S., still believes benzos are more benign than aspirin. I feel great regret that I was not better educated about the benzo affliction with literature from England from the early 80s.
Unfortunately this battle is against a large, well-financed industry that is bent on selling drugs. My goal would be a targeted campaign to get primary care doctors in the U.S. to understand the scourge of Benzo therapy and the difficulties and complexities of withdrawal. I am no expert, but have been greatly educated by my son who has been on benzos for 9 years and is currently tapering off Valium.”
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