On 11th July 2017 World Benzodiazepine Awareness Day (W-BAD) celebrates its second year and the launch of its official website which can be found at http://w-bad.org.
W-BAD is a grassroots victim-organized and led campaign that seeks to raise global awareness about the harms and dangers of prescribed benzodiazepines. Some objectives of the awareness campaign include:
- preventing would-be victims from harm
- spotlighting the change that is much-needed within the current system which has allowed for many decades the irresponsible prescribing (namely, long-term) of benzodiazepines and a total lack of informed consent given to patients prior to the initiation of benzodiazepine prescription resulting in sometimes severe iatrogenic (cause by medicine) injury, among many others.
The new website houses critical educational information for the general public and medical prescribers alike as well as campaign information for global activists, a section for victims to share their stories in writing or video, a press packet, among countless other educational and campaign tools. In preparation for the website launch and approaching official day of awareness, a talented graphic artist designed and donated an official “awareness ribbon” for the organization and a professional media production company donated an explainer video about the risks of taken-as-prescribed benzodiazepines.