For years it was believed that running a mile in less than four minutes was physically impossible. But that belief was eventually proven to be false. In 1945, Gunder Hagg of Sweden came to breaking the 4-minute mile with a world record of 4 minutes and 1.3 seconds. Nine years later, Roger Bannister, a medical student running for the Amateur Athletic Association against his alma mater, Oxford University, ran a mile in 3 minutes and 59.4 seconds. Turns out, it was humanly possible to run a mile in less than four minutes.

With the belief barrier broken, other athletes began breaking the 4-minute mark. To date, over 1,600 people have been recorded running a mile in under four minutes. That’s what happens when someone leads the way and proves that a belief isn’t based on a fact.a

That is what could be happening in the healthcare industry: someone has broken the belief barrier that prescribers are immune to lawsuits regarding the harm done by a benzodiazepine. A recent lawsuit, filed by a benzodiazepine-harmed patient (and interesting enough, a healthcare worker herself) won a six-figure settlement against her prescriber. Just as Roger Banniet opened the doors for future athletes, this patient has opened the doors for future lawsuits against prescribers or healthcare professionals who give incorrect information or treatment for patients who use benzodiazepines. I know, because I have been fielding emails from clients who want to know more about the legal procedures of the case.

There is an appalling lack of information regarding benzodiazepines, even though they have been on the market since 1960, and red flags about their dangers have popped up many times. So many people have been harmed, myself included. Now is the time to take those red flags seriously. It is time to learn about benzodiazepines. That is why I’m creating an in-depth class for healthcare professionals. The course, Understanding Benzodiazepine Withdrawal/BIND for Helping Professionals, will be available this Spring. After successful completion, participants will be awarded 2 CEUs, and receive an embeddable certificate showing they are “benzo-wise.” A referral list of graduates from the course will be shared on my website.

I want both healthcare providers and their patients to be safe when it comes to benzodiazepines. There has been enough suffering. Together, let’s put an end to that suffering.

If you are interested in learning more about the course, please add your name to the mailing list and I will send you all the details about the course when it is ready to launch.
I am humbled to be able to help. I am grateful I can be of service.
Dr. Jenn

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