Driving on Benzos: Is it safe? Is it legal?
Updated: May 22
Is it safe to drive while taking benzodiazepines? Is it legal? Can benzos impair one’s ability to drive a motor vehicle? If so, which type of benzo has the greatest effect? We will provide some research, stories, and a few answers.
In today’s episode, we look at driving and benzodiazepine use. We also hear a benzo story of success, talk about benzo belly and stomach distension, learn about a few upcoming events, and close out with our moment of peace. I hope you will join us.
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00:00 Introduction 04:45 Benzo News 06:47 Mailbag 11:32 Benzo Story 17:55 FEATURE: Driving and Benzos 32:54 Moment of Peace
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Dr. Paul Christo Interviews w/ Carrie Silvernail and Dr. Steven Wright
Part 1— https://paulchristomd.com/benzodiazepine-withdrawal-syndrome-part-i
Part 2 – https://paulchristomd.com/benzodiazepine-withdrawal-syndrome-part-ii
“Medicating Normal” Screening and Panel (April 27th) — https://medicatingnormal.com/
Benzo Free Podcast: Episode 11 (Benzo Belly) — https://www.easinganxiety.com/post/benzo-belly-our-gut-in-withdrawal-bfp011
FEATURE: Driving and Benzos
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