My thanks to Geraldine Burns, Jennifer Roeder and David Knight for bringing a greater awareness of the benzodiazepine family of drugs to the radio show Sunday night. The benzodiazepines include the generic names diazepam, alprazolam, clonazepam, lorazepam, temazepam, triazolam, chlordiazepoxide, and about twenty additional drugs in the family. Most people still refer to the family by their original brand names; Librium, Valium, Ativan, Xanax, Klonopin, etc. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_benzodiazepines
There are a number of web sites available to help people navigate the dangers the benzodiazepines offer too often. http://www.benzosupport.org/ (support the FDA petition) In 1979, Senator Edward Kennedy had a Congressional hearing on the benzodiazepines and twenty years ago a detailed paper was published detailing the introduction of Xanax. http://www.benzo.org.uk/xanax2.htm The benzodiazepine family of drugs is another example of “not safe as prescribed”.
Shockingly, starting with the mass marketing of Librium and Valium in the early 1960′s, the problems the family of benzodiazepines has created in this country is well documented. A conservative number of 25% of the individuals who take the benzodiazepines for a long period of time will develop physical dependency and severe withdrawal symptoms. Those on alprazolam will face over a 50% possibility of sickness when trying to stop taking the drug.
Geraldine, Jennifer and David all helped emphasize the dangers and reality of a phenomena that has remained for almost 50 years and quietly suppressed. Over 100 million prescriptions are written yearly for a benzodiazepine drug and the human and economic damages from the drugs could be extrapolated into the billions of dollars.
I discovered an unbelievable reality in doing research for the show. Arthur Sackler was considered the mastermind of bringing Valium to America. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_M._Sackler The ingenious marketing behind Valium offered a panacea for both the doctor (money) and patient (hope).
Arthur Sackler’s two younger brothers, Mortimer and Raymond started Purdue Pharma which brought OxyContin into every community in North America. The damage and destruction since the introduction of OxyContin is well documented http://banoxycontin.com
The Sackler family is well known for their philanthropy in terms of donating to medical institutions, museums and education. Even Arthur Sackler’s daughter, Elizabeth has attempted to hide the origins of the money she donates with. http://lib.stanford.edu/women-art-revolution/bio-elizabeth-sackler
It is ironic to this radio show host that a single family in the course of over 50 years could be responsible for so much damage to so many families and think that their contributions can erase the memories of so many victims.
It appears that the elitist followers of art and education are not very bright. The silence continues.