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THE ALLIANCE FOR BENZODIAZEPINE BEST PRACTICES

Cause Area

  • Board Development
  • Health & Medicine

Location

3221 NE 30TH AVEPORTLAND, OR 97212 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

Our mission is to make evidence-based improvements to the prescribing of benzodiazepines and Z-drugs. The Alliance for Benzodiazepine Best Practices’ primary objective is to significantly reduce the number of benzodiazepine withdrawal sufferers by reducing the number of new prescriptions for benzodiazepines and Z-drugs, limit the duration of use, and provide an evidence-based pathway for deprescribing. Our focus is to illustrate the problems associated with benzodiazepines, illuminate alternatives to their use, and provide tools for clinicians to assist benzodiazepine withdrawal syndrome sufferers. A complementary objective is to develop and promote best practices in benzodiazepine prescribing and problem management.

Description

The Alliance for Benzodiazepine Best Practices (benzoreform.org), a national non-profit, is recruiting for Board of Directors positions with expertise in fund-raising. Board members bring their experience and commitment to improving the lives of millions who are prescribed benzodiazepines (such as Xanax, Valium, Klonopin and Ativan) through changes in awareness, clinical practice and health systems improvement. We work to change the prescribing practices of health care providers, health systems, payer groups, and policymakers so that patients are not harmed by these medications.

We have 30+ board members and advisors spanning the clinical, public health, regulatory, communication, and public policy arena to help advance this cause. All of our work and recommendations is based on scientific evidence, and focuses of preventing and reducing benzodiazepine harm. We also engage with Federal agencies such as the Food and Drug Administration and Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to promote patient safety.

In 4 years, the Alliance has published the most thorough book on benzodiazepine harm, The Benzodiazepines Crisis, and has published eight peer-reviewed papers building the evidence base for problem benzodiazepine prescribing. We have given over 40 education courses for prescribers in many different venues.

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