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60 Years of Benzos: A Brief Walk through History

Updated: Mar 22, 2023

On February 24th, 1960, the very first benzodiazepine was approved in the U.S. 60 years later, they are still some of the most popular drugs on the planet. Join us as we explore the history of some of the world’s most fabled, and vilified drugs.

In today’s episode, we look back at the past 60 years of benzodiazepines and hope that through knowledge we can finally learn from our past. We also have a benzo story from Florida, discuss the variations of mindful movement practices, and introduce a new section of the podcast.

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00:57 Introduction

07:08 Mailbag

14:40 Benzo Story

20:02 Smile Story

28:40 FEATURE: History of Benzos

50:32 Moment of Peace



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FEATURE: The Story of Benzos


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