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Barry takes centre stage for world Benzo Day launch

Date published: 25 January 2016

A PASSIONATE Oldhamer campaigning against the long-term prescribing of benzodiazapines has taken his fight to the world stage by helping create an international awareness day.

Barry Haslam, former chairman of Oldham Tranx, has helped to launch World Benzo Day on July 11, a campaign designed to highlight the problems facing patients addicted to prescription drugs.

Barry suffered years of memory loss and a change of personality when addicted to benzodiazapines prescribed for depression. After finding the strength to stop taking them and suffering withdrawal almost 30 years ago, he has campaigned tirelessly against the long-term prescription of addictive drugs.

Barry, from Uppermill said: “I have been very fortunate and proud to work with Oldham Primary Care Trust and Oldham Clinical Commissioning Group, who have funded a benzodiazepine withdrawal service since 2005. Unfortunately, this is only one of a handful of such services in the UK.

“World Benzo Day aims to highlight the plight of all patients worldwide who have become prescribed drug dependent addicts through no fault of their own, who are denied right of access to dedicated withdrawal clinics and after care, who are left to struggle off these drugs without support.”

Barry has joined with New Zealander Wayne Douglas to launch the day after they shared their stories online. The pair have received messages of support for the awareness day from across the UK and around the world.

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Benzodiazepines have ruined so many lives and continue to do so 50 years after they were first marketed in the UK. GPs are advising parents to stop taking them as they are known to increase the risks of falls in old age and are associated with an increased risk of Alzheimer's. Most UK patients have no help or support and withdrawal can last for months or years. World Benzo Day will help publicise the dangers of these drugs.

Hi to all, I would like to say Barry & Sue Haslam. We all honour Barry for his tireless commitment and his inspired campaigning on behalf of all the unfortunate people who have had their lives screwed up by these Benzodiazepines. This man should have an OBE for 30+ years of endless battling with the bureaucrat’s hell bent on not listening.
We also should remember their pain and suffering, they have both somehow kept going, I suppose what kept them going was knowing they were right.

Hi to all, I would like to say Barry & Sue Haslam. We all honour Barry for his tireless commitment and his inspired campaigning on behalf of all the unfortunate people who have had their lives screwed up by these Benzodiazepines. This man should have an OBE for 30+ years of endless battling with the bureaucrat’s hell bent on not listening.
We also should remember their pain and suffering, they have both somehow kept going, I suppose what kept them going was knowing they were right.

Thank you so much for World Benzo Day on July 11!

It has been almost two years now that I've been off benzos (took them for a year followed by a Klonopin taper of 7-1/2 months, was switched from Ativan). I'm still suffering daily from withdrawal effects, though the suffering is considerably less than before. Never would I have imagined the hell so many go through had I not been there myself. My hope is that doctors FINALLY admit that there is such a thing as benzo withdrawal!
Thank you!!

 

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