Benzo Pharmacology, Dependence, and Advocacy: A Conversation with Dr. Robert Valuck (Part 2 of 2)
Updated: Mar 21
Robert J. Valuck, Ph.D., is a Professor in Clinical Pharmacy, Epidemiology, and Family Medicine at the University of Colorado (CU) and the Director of the Center for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention at CU. This is a conversation not to miss.
In part 2 of our conversation, we explore benzodiazepine advocacy and the hurdles we face, the use of flumazenil for benzo detox, the mechanisms of benzodiazepines in the body, and so much more. We also share a story from Chris in Australia and talk about how benzos have forced many of us to re-evaluate our priorities in life.
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00:00 INTRODUCTION 02:25 Re-Evaluating One’s Priorities 10:02 BENZO STORY: Chris’s Story 18:55 FEATURE: Conversation with Dr. Valuck 19:55 Raising Benzo Awareness 24:10 Doctors Not Taught to Stop Meds 25:50 Polydrugging / Deprescribing 30:18 A Pill for Every Ill Mentality 32:20 Patient / Doctor Partnership 35:28 Flumazenil Detox 41:27 Mechanisms of Benzos / GABA 43:23 Benzo Belly / GI Effects 45:22 Communicating the Severity 47:32 Is the Damage Permanent? 49:12 Dr. Valuck’s Closing Thoughts 51:18 Interview Closing: Part 2 52:49 MOMENT OF PEACE
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FEATURE: Conversation with Dr. Rob Valuck
“Tackling the opioid epidemic” / Article, University of Colorado
In today’s intro, I discussed how benzo withdrawal and other similar experiences can lead us to make changes in our lives, in particular with what we value as our priorities.
For today’s benzo story I shared one from Chris, in Melbourne, Australia.
Our feature today is a Conversation with Dr. Robert Valuck, Part 2. This was an amazing conversation with someone who has decades of experience not only in pharmacology, but in advocacy for change, both for opioids, and benzodiazepines. Check out our chapter list above for highlights of our conversation. It’s a good one.
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