Two days ago, on July 9, Richard Lewis published on Mad in America a post in which he draws attention to the prolific worldwide prescribing of benzodiazepines, and the problems that this creates. The article includes a music video of a song which Richard has written and performs. The song is called Benzo Blue, and it “highlights the struggles of the millions of worldwide victims/survivors of prescribed benzodiazepine drugs such as Xanax, Ativan, Klonopin, and Valium.”
Benzo Blue is a powerful and moving indictment of psychiatry’s widely promoted agenda that virtually every human problem is an illness, and that for each of these so-called illnesses there is a “safe and effective” pill.
Benzodiazepines are a class of anxiolytic (i.e. anxiety-relieving) drugs. But, like most psychiatric drugs, the short-term relief is usually eclipsed by severe long-term harm. Benzodiazepines are marketed under the brand names Valium, Librium, Xanax, Ativan, Tranxene, Klonopin, Dalmane, etc.
Today is World Benzodiazepine Awareness Day (WBAD). The About tab on the WBAD website states:
“World Benzodiazepine Awareness Day seeks to raise global awareness about the severe problem of medical-induced benzodiazepine drug dependency that continues to affect millions of unsuspecting, innocent people worldwide—either directly or indirectly.”
Richard Lewis is a committed and forthright critic of psychiatry. He writes regularly on MIA. You can view his video below. Please take a look and pass it on.
For background information concerning the video, check out Richard’s post on MIA.