Steven Wright, M.D. is a leading expert in benzodiazepines and serves on the board of the Alliance for Benzodiazepine Best Practices. That, along with his 31 years of addiction medical experience, makes this a conversation you won’t want to miss.
In Part II of our discussion, we investigate research and funding, look at determining taper rates, compare evidence-based and personalized medicine, explore kindling, pregabalin, and physician education, and end with an apology.
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00:00 Podcast Introduction 01:42 Other Substances in Withdrawal 05:50 Researching Benzodiazepines 08:45 DEA Scheduling of Benzos 10:18 FDA / Medication Warnings 12:23 Why Is Change So Slow 16:14 Lessons from Fluoride 17:18 Crisis and Change 19:41 Determining Taper Rates 23:59 Updosing / Kindling 25:35 Benzos as a Bridge Drug 27:18 Preventing Long-Term Use 30:08 Pregabalin 31:50 How to Relate to Your Doctor 36:04 Care Management 38:15 Informed Consent Legislation 42:40 Physician Education (CME) 45:48 Benzo Survey 46:55 Making a Difference: Benzo Stories 49:45 Advice to a New Patient 52:17 Apology 54:57 Closing
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