Xanax, Klonopin, Valium, Ativan – all belong to a class of drugs known as benzodiazepines (benzos). News and entertainment media portray them in terms of addiction and abuse or as innocuous medications that relax nerves.
AS PRESCRIBED documents a strikingly different narrative, following eye-opening stories of invisible illness and disability. Boston-based survivor Geraldine Burns leads a grassroots army of “good patients” that help other victims and advocate tirelessly for benzodiazepine harm awareness. But resistance is strong. Geraldine and her cohorts are opposed by powerful forces that include pharmaceutical giants and a medical culture that has denied the problem for decades.
Our campaign will lift the veil on an invisible crisis—the overprescription of benzodiazepines. These widely marketed and prescribed pills have a darker side—one that has been overlooked for too long.
Help us raise funds for Marketing & Outreach for release and distribution of the film. We cannot do it without the support of people who care about getting this important film made and available to the public.
By Jennifer Huberdeau, The Berkshire Eagle