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US State Resolutions for W-BAD
 


Get recognition for W-BAD in your state now – and make another step towards getting recognition for Iatrogenic BZ Dependency Worldwide.

 

Explanation

Below is the Resolution that was filed in the MA State House to officially recognize World Benzodiazepine Awareness Day in Massachusetts.

When the official parchment copy is ready, it will be read publicly at the House of Representatives Meeting and I believe a notice goes out to all in the House. Once the parchment copy is posted, it will serve as an example for other people to take to their state representatives and get something similar done.

This is probably one of the easiest things someone can ask their State Representative to do. It also is good for those trying to get legislation regarding benzodiazepines passed in their States. This puts it in front of them before a bill is filed and they have time to learn.


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US State List

Below is a list of states together with their W-BAD representitives. Those with hyperlinks have already had resolutions passed giving official recognition to World Benzodiazeopine Awarness Day. If you would like to represent your state, please contact: worldbenzoawarenessday@gmail.com

  1. Alabama
  2. Alaska
  3. Arizona
  4. Arkansas
  5. California
  6. Colorado
  7. Connecticut
  8. Delaware
  9. Florida
  10. Georgia
  11. Hawaii
  12. Idaho
  13. Illinois
  14. Indiana
  15. Iowa
  16. Kansas
  17. Kentucky
  18. Louisiana
  19. Maine
  20. Maryland
  21. Massachusetts (Geraldine Burns: gcburns55@aol.com)
  22. Michigan
  23. Minnesota
  24. Mississippi
  25. Missouri
  26. Montana
  27. Nebraska
  28. Nevada
  29. New Hampshire
  30. New Jersey
  31. New Mexico
  32. New York
  33. North Carolina
  34. North Dakota
  35. Ohio
  36. Oklahoma
  37. Oregon
  38. Pennsylvania (Shari McAvoy: Smm5201@msn.com)
  39. Rhode Island
  40. South Carolina
  41. South Dakota
  42. Tennessee
  43. Texas
  44. Utah
  45. Vermont
  46. Virginia
  47. Washington
  48. West Virginia
  49. Wisconsin
  50. Wyoming

Click here to easily find your state rep: http://openstates.org


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Parchment Sample

ACKNOWLEDEMENT OF WORLD BENZODIAZEPINE AWARENESS DAY

WHEREAS, THE FIRST ANNUAL WORLD BENZODIAZEPINE AWARENESS DAY IS ON JULY 11, 2016; AND

WHEREAS, THE DATE OF JULY 11TH WAS CHOSEN TO HONOR THE BIRTHDAY OF PROFESSOR HEATHER ASHTON OF NEWCASTLE UNIVERSITY FOR HER SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTION TO SAFE WITHDRAWAL FROM BENZODIAZEPINES, AND;
 
WHEREAS, WORLD BENZODIAZEPINE AWARENESS DAY WAS ESTABLISHED TO PROVIDE VICTIMS OF IRRESPONSIBLE PRESCRIBING PRACTICES AS A MEANS TO UNIFY, AND;  

WHEREAS, THE BENZODIAZEPINE VICTIM COMMUNITY HAS ASKED FOR CONSISTENT REGULATIONS AND SAFE PRACTICE METHODS FOR PRESCRIBING BENZODIAZEPINES; AND 

WHEREAS, WORLD BENZODIAZEPINE AWARENESS DAY SETS OUT TO ELIMINATE THE STIGMA SURROUNDING WITHDRAWAL FROM BENZODIAZEPINES; THEREFORE BE IT

RESOLVED, THAT THE MEMBERS OF THE MASSACHUSETTS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES ACKNOWLEDGE THE FIRST ANNUAL WORLD BENZODIAZEPINE AWARENESS DAY; AND BE IT FURTHER

RESOLVED, THAT A COPY OF THESE RESOLUTIONS BE FORWARDED BY THE CLERK OF THE MASSACHUSETTS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TO EDWIN LORENZANA


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Instructions

Copy the above and send it to your state representatives asking for them to officially recognize World Benzodiazepine Awareness Day on July 11th. (Alternatively, once the MA parchment paper image is ready, you can download this and send it.)

Link to easily find your state rep:

http://openstates.org

Below are 2 sample letters.

Information contained in brackets (red font) identifying information specific to any given state, or personalized information, should be removed or replaced accordingly, so that it is applicable to your own state / situation.


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SAMPLE LETTER 1

Hello Representative (add your reps name),

I am grateful to be in your district and to continue to be represented by you. I want to ask you to file a resolution recognizing World Benzodiazepine Awareness Day on July 11 of each year. Like thousands of others, I was completely mentally and physically disabled after taking a benzodiazepine as prescribed by my doctor.

(Utah is one of the highest if not the highest consumer per capita of benzodiazepines and z drugs.) I have dedicated myself to raising awareness about terrible suffering these can cause when taken as prescribed. Many members of my own community have approached me and shared with me their own heart breaking experiences with this class of drugs and the lack of informed consent buy their GP or psychiatrist.

Please help me to save others from this completely preventable tragedy. Permit me to provide you with an example of a resolution that is being filed in Massachusetts:


ACKNOWLEDEMENT OF WORLD BENZODIAZEPINE AWARENESS DAY

WHEREAS, THE FIRST ANNUAL WORLD BENZODIAZEPINE AWARENESS DAY IS ON JULY 11, 2016; AND

WHEREAS, THE DATE OF JULY 11TH WAS CHOSEN TO HONOR THE BIRTHDAY OF PROFESSOR HEATHER ASHTON OF NEWCASTLE UNIVERSITY FOR HER SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTION TO SAFE WITHDRAWAL FROM BENZODIAZEPINES, AND;
 
WHEREAS, WORLD BENZODIAZEPINE AWARENESS DAY WAS ESTABLISHED TO PROVIDE VICTIMS OF IRRESPONSIBLE PRESCRIBING PRACTICES AS A MEANS TO UNIFY, AND;  

WHEREAS, THE BENZODIAZEPINE VICTIM COMMUNITY HAS ASKED FOR CONSISTENT REGULATIONS AND SAFE PRACTICE METHODS FOR PRESCRIBING BENZODIAZEPINES; AND 

WHEREAS, WORLD BENZODIAZEPINE AWARENESS DAY SETS OUT TO ELIMINATE THE STIGMA SURROUNDING WITHDRAWAL FROM BENZODIAZEPINES; THEREFORE BE IT

RESOLVED, THAT THE MEMBERS OF THE MASSACHUSETTS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES ACKNOWLEDGE THE FIRST ANNUAL WORLD BENZODIAZEPINE AWARENESS DAY; AND BE IT FURTHER

RESOLVED, THAT A COPY OF THESE RESOLUTIONS BE FORWARDED BY THE CLERK OF THE MASSACHUSETTS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TO EDWIN LORENZANA


Here is a link to some videos made by benzodiazepine disabled people to help raise awareness about W-BAD.

The W-BAD Promo Video 2:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y1FrgpK7qUI

Other videos can be seen on the W-BAD Video Channel:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNEGYpppRPuaKg1uuSJHAbg

Thank you for all your efforts.

Sincerely,

(Your name)

(Location)


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SAMPLE LETTER 2

Dear (add your reps name),

I want to first thank you for the service that you provide. I don't think anyone can truly understand how much effort and sacrifice it takes to be in public service.

I am writing to you to request that you file a resolution recognizing World Benzo Awareness Day (W-BAD). What is W-BAD? It is a worldwide effort to raise awareness to the damaging effects of benzodiazepines. If you are not already familiar with this class of medication by that name, you would recognize it by some of the more commonly prescribed name brands including Xanax, Valium, Klonopin and Ativan.

Long-term use is contraindicated, yet prescriptions continue to be written for benzodiazepines for many months and even years (with Utah being one of the highest, if not the highest, consumer per capita). Benzodiazepines are being doled out without patients understanding the risks and side effects of taking these drugs.

I have been deeply affected by the horrendous effects of benzodiazepines. (My husband was prescribed Xanax when he was 17 years old for anxiety and he has ALWAYS taken them only as directed. He was told that he would likely have to take them for the rest of his life. However, neither he nor his parents (he was a minor at the time) were ever warned about the risks associated with their use. He is now 31 years old and has never been worse. He cannot work, leave the house, and many days cannot get out of bed. He is still currently taking a benzodiazepine as prescribed and is struggling to taper safely off under the direction of his current medical provider. This treatment has proven to be painful and highly destructive in every aspect our lives. It has been and still is a very devastating road to walk down that we would not wish upon others. We have personally seen firsthand the heavy side effects and extreme worsening of the original symptoms due to his long term use.)

As an active member of several online support communities, I have learned that our story is one of many. Too many if you ask me. Patients deserve the right to know the true risks and costs associated with the treatments that their doctors are suggesting so that they can make an informed decision about their own health and welfare.

Please help me to save others from this completely preventable tragedy. Permit me to provide you with an example of a resolution that is being filed in Massachusetts for WBAD:


ACKNOWLEDEMENT OF WORLD BENZODIAZEPINE AWARENESS DAY

WHEREAS, THE FIRST ANNUAL WORLD BENZODIAZEPINE AWARENESS DAY IS ON JULY 11, 2016; AND

WHEREAS, THE DATE OF JULY 11TH WAS CHOSEN TO HONOR THE BIRTHDAY OF PROFESSOR HEATHER ASHTON OF NEWCASTLE UNIVERSITY FOR HER SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTION TO SAFE WITHDRAWAL FROM BENZODIAZEPINES, AND;
 
WHEREAS, WORLD BENZODIAZEPINE AWARENESS DAY WAS ESTABLISHED TO PROVIDE VICTIMS OF IRRESPONSIBLE PRESCRIBING PRACTICES AS A MEANS TO UNIFY, AND;  

WHEREAS, THE BENZODIAZEPINE VICTIM COMMUNITY HAS ASKED FOR CONSISTENT REGULATIONS AND SAFE PRACTICE METHODS FOR PRESCRIBING BENZODIAZEPINES; AND 

WHEREAS, WORLD BENZODIAZEPINE AWARENESS DAY SETS OUT TO ELIMINATE THE STIGMA SURROUNDING WITHDRAWAL FROM BENZODIAZEPINES; THEREFORE BE IT

RESOLVED, THAT THE MEMBERS OF THE MASSACHUSETTS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES ACKNOWLEDGE THE FIRST ANNUAL WORLD BENZODIAZEPINE AWARENESS DAY; AND BE IT FURTHER

RESOLVED, THAT A COPY OF THESE RESOLUTIONS BE FORWARDED BY THE CLERK OF THE MASSACHUSETTS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TO EDWIN LORENZANA


Here is a link to some videos made by benzo disabled to help raise awareness about WBAD. (I am featured in the second video.)

https://youtu.be/ZN7Ck4yzl4g

https://youtu.be/y1FrgpK7qUI

Other videos can be seen on the W-BAD Video Channel:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNEGYpppRPuaKg1uuSJHAbg

(Add your reps name with appropriate title), I am pleading with you to hear these voices. Please take time to learn more about this.

Thank you for your time!

(Your name)

(City, State or location)


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Byrne Quote

THE WRITING IS
ON THE WALL

for benzodiazepine use

Dr Andrew Byrne
Redfern NSW Australia
Benzodiazepine Dependence, 1997

Marsden Quote

“If any drug over time is going to just rob you of your identity [leading to] long, long term disaster, it has to be benzodiazepines.”

Dr John Marsden,
Institute of Psychiatry, London
November 1, 2007

Woolas Quote

“Benzos are responsible for more pain, unhappiness and damage than anything else in our society.”

Phil Woolas MP,
Deputy Leader of the House of Commons,
Oldham Chronicle, February 12, 2004

Coleman Quote

“The benzodiazepines are probably the most addictive drugs ever created and the vast army of enthusiastic doctors who prescribed these drugs by the tonne have created the world's largest drug addiction problem.”

Dr Vernon Coleman,

The Drugs Myth, 1992

Blunkett Quote

BLUNKETT ON BENZOS:

IT’S A NATIONAL SCANDAL!

David Blunkett, British MP
February 24, 1994

Lader Quote

“It is more difficult to withdraw people from benzodiazepines than it is from heroin.”

Professor Malcolm H Lader
Institute of Psychiatry London
BBC Radio 4, Face The Facts
March 16, 1999

Ashton Quote

“Withdrawal symptoms can last months or years in 15% of long-term users. In some people, chronic use has resulted in long-term, possibly permanent disability.”

Professor C Heather Ashton
DM, FRCP,
Good Housekeeping, 2003

Stevie Nicks Quote

“Klonopin (Clonazepam) is a horrible, dangerous drug.”

Stevie Nicks

Boeteng Quote

“Clearly, the aim of all involved in this sorry affair is the provision of justice for the victims of tranquillisers.”

Paul Boeteng, British MP, 1994

Slysz Quote

“The website 'benzo.org.uk' is really outstanding.”

Marcin Slysz,
Product Manager,
Roche Polska

Laurance Quote

“If there's a pill, then pharmaceutical companies will find a disease for it.”

Jeremy Laurance,
The Independent, April 17, 2002.

Angell Quote

“To rely on the drug companies for unbiased evaluations of their products makes about as much sense as relying on beer companies to teach us about alcoholism.”

Marcia Angell MD
(Former) Executive Editor New England Journal of Medicine

Cameron Quote

“Benzodiazepine addiction is a terrible affliction; these people are not drug addicts but they have become hooked on repeat prescriptions of tranquillisers.”

PM David Cameron
October 23, 2013

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