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Hooked on Valium, Part 2: The scandal of government inaction, Niall McCrae, TCW London, November 21, 2023
Hooked on Valium, Part 1: How drug companies manufactured dependence, Niall McCrae, TCW London, November 20, 2023
'Thirty years on, I still have symptoms from taking benzodiazepines', The Telegraph, March 17, 2023


Heather Ashton obituary, The Guardian, November 18, 2019.


National disgrace as patients are turned into DRUG ADDICTS by their doctors, Daily Mail, March 27, 2017.


The Dirty True Story about Benzodiazepines and the British Medical Association, Dr Vernon Coleman, November 10, 2016.
Why are 250,000 lives still being ruined by mother's little helpers? Doctors admit too many are hooked, Daily Mail, November 8, 2016.
Supporting individuals affected by prescribed drugs associated with dependence and withdrawal, BMA, October 6 & 24, 2016.
British Medical Association calls for national prescription drug helpline, BMA, October 24, 2016.
Doctors' leaders call for prescription drug helpline, BBC News, October 23, 2016.
Dangers of Prescribed Tranquillisers (Benzodiazepines), Barry Haslam, Centre for Welfare Reform, 2016.
Standing with Barry to mark World Benzo Awareness Day, Social Movements in Health GM, July 29, 2016.
'It is a world public health scandal', Oldham Chronicle, July 7, 2016.
World Benzo Awareness Day, First Step To End Global Dependency Woes, Morning News USA, April 30, 2016.
Honouring Barry Haslam, Addiction Dependency Solutions, January 21, 2016.


Deaths linked to anxiety drug increase to record high, Daily Mail, December 20, 2015.
Mum speaks about 22 year battle to break addiction to tranquilliser, ITV News, October 22, 2015.
Misprescribing of a benzo leads to £1.35m settlement for Luke Montagu, Council for Evidence-Based Psychiatry, July 18, 2015.
How antidepressants ruined my life, The Times Magazine, July 18, 2015.
Doctors are getting patients 'hooked on happy pills, Daily Mail, June 23, 2015.


Sleeping pills taken by millions linked to Alzheimer's, Daily Telegraph, September 10, 2014.
When withdrawal is the hardest part, Boston Globe, September 8, 2014.
Benzodiazepines treat anxiety, cause long-term problems, The Bulletin, Oregon, June 1, 2014.
The Hidden Dangers of Benzodiazepines, Chris Lane PhD, Psychology Today, May 22, 2014.
The Daily Mail apologises to Baylissa Frederick, May 21, 2014.
Sweeping Benzos Under the Carpet, Mad in America / Barry Haslam, April 26, 2014.


Addiction to Prescription Drugs Video, Barry Haslam, ADS, December 20, 2013.
Remedy plea on prescribed drug problem, Oldham Chronicle, October 30, 2013.
Barry joins drugs probe, Oldham Chronicle, October 28, 2013.
Prescribing drugs: First do no harm, Addiction Today, September 2, 2013.
5,000 women poisoned each year by benzodiazepines, 8,500 by SSRIs, Adiction Today, September 2, 2013.
Rise in women poisoned by prescription drugs, The Sunday Times, August 25, 2013.
Despite risks, sedatives called ‘benzos’ widely used, The Globe and Mail, July 29, 2013.
Hamilton woman speaks out about risk of sedative, CBC News, July 29, 2013.
Drugs drive goes to Westminster, Oldham Chronicle, July 29, 2013.
Haslam in call for action on addiction, Oldham Chronicle, July 9, 2013.
Valium's 50th birthday: little to celebrate, The Spectator, May 5, 2013.
City doctors discourage benzo use, Londonderry Sentinel, April 20, 2013.
Spiral into addiction can happen quickly, The Australian, April 12, 2013.
Middle-aged people addicted to tranquillisers because GPs over-prescribe them, health minister says, Daily Telegraph, April, 3, 2013.
Lazy GPs keep on doling out powerful sleeping pills to the elderly, Daily Mail, April 3, 2013.
Fears over prescribing strong sleep pills to OAPs, Scotsman, April 3, 2013.
Diazepam Is Killing Scotland's Drug-Using Poor, Vice.com, March 19, 2013.
More addictive than heroin. Why, 50 years after its launch, is Valium still given to millions? Daily Mail, March 7, 2012.
North East warned of dangers of tranquillisers, The Scotsman, February 22, 2013.
Older adults with COPD frequently use benzodiazepines - life-threatening side effects, News-Medical.Net, February 9, 2013.


Sleeping pills linked to pneumonia, study finds, Daily Telegraph, December 6, 2012.
College releases guidelines on benzodiazepines, Irish Medical Times, November 28, 2012.
Forgetfulness in seniors tied to anxiety and insomnia drugs, CBC News, November 6, 2012.
Sedation nation, The Irish Times, October 27, 2012.
Addiction centre in spotlight, Oldham Chronicle, October 26, 2012.
Is there any such thing as a safe sleeping pill? Experts warn they raise the risk of Alzheimer's, Daily Mail, October 9, 2012.
Solutions to the tranquilliser trap, Letters to The Times, Professor Lader, October 6, 2012.
The Tranquilizer Trap, Chris Lane PhD, Psychology Today, October 3, 2012.
Addicted to Valium, Daily Express, October 2, 2012.
Millions of patients are hooked on tranquillisers with some using pills for 20 years, Daily Mail, October 2, 2012.
Dementia risk from sleeping tablets, Daily Mail, September 28, 2012.
Benzodiazepine use linked with development of dementia, Pulse, September 14, 2012.
Antidepressants, sleeping pills raise driving risk, CBC News, September 12, 2012.
Sleeping pills 'don’t work for four out of 10 Britons with insomnia', Daily Mail, September 9, 2012.
Tranquilliser addiction 'dangerous as heroin abuse', The Times, August 23, 2012.
Insomniacs 'should be given therapy not sleeping pills', The Independent, August 18, 2012.
Marilyn Monroe death anniversary prompts legal drugs warning, WalesOnline, August 5, 2012.
Happy pill boom as GPs hand out record 47m prescriptions... a rise of 9% in a year, Daily Mail, August 1, 2012.
Tranx for the advice, Oldham Chronicle, July 27, 2012.
Xanax: 'More addictive than cocaine', Yahoo News (Australia), July 15, 2012.
The big sleep: Canada's dangerous love affair with tranquillizers, canada.com, July 12, 2012.
'Zombie' epidemic as stressed-out young women turn to prescription drugs in their millions, Daily Mail, July 28, 2012.
More women 'addicted to prescription tranquillisers than illegal drugs', Metro, June 26, 2012.
Minister's mission on medication addiction, Oldham Chronicle, June 19, 2012.
Minister of State for Public Health visits Oldham to discuss prescription drug issues, ADS, June 15, 2012.
How to Stop Benzodiazepines and Minimize Withdrawal Symptoms, Yomiuri Evening Edition (Japan), June 7, 2012.
Legislation to make unauthorised possession of benzodiazepines illegal, TheJournal.ie, May 28, 2012.
Prescription drug deaths prompt call for monitoring, theage.com.au, May 19, 2012.
Prescription Drug Crisis Downunder, Herald Sun, Australia, May 18/19, 2012.
ER Visits Tied to Xanax, Similar Drugs Soar in NYC, NBC New York, May 15, 2012.
UK addicted to sleeping pills: Stress-related insomnia on rise, Daily Mail, May 11, 2012.
Surge in demand for sleeping pills, Huddersfield Examiner, May 11, 2012.
Thomas Kinkade Cause Of Death: Alcohol and Valium, The Huffington Post, May 7, 2012.
Army warns doctors against using certain drugs in PTSD treatment, Nextgov, April 25, 2012.
Do sleeping pills increase your risk of dying young? Daily Mail, April 17, 2012.
Drug victim who lost case vows to fight on, NZ Herald News, April 15, 2012.
Compensation awarded for medical negligence case, Simpson Millar, April 12, 2012.
Over-prescription of anti-anxiety drugs heralding increase in medical negligence claims, Simpson Millar, April 12, 2012.
Benzos and Other Sleep Medications: Deadly and Unnecessary, Dr Peter Breggin, The Huffington Post, March 23, 2012.
New Zealander loses legal fight over crippling med addiction, The Japan Times, March 13, 2012.
Sleeping pills 'linked to increased death risk', BBC News, February 28, 2012 (Interviews).
Sleeping pills increase risk of death, study suggests, The Guardian, February 27, 2012.
Hypnotics' association with mortality or cancer, Kripke DF, Langer RD, Kline LE, BMJ Open, February 27, 2012.
Xanax Facts and Whitney Houston, The Huffington Post, February 22, 2012.
Doctor admits over-prescribing tranquillisers to several patients, Independent.ie, January 20, 2012.
Solicitor reinstated after tribunal accepts sleeping tablets appeal, The Independent, January 16, 2012.
Drugs help group sets the standard, Oldham Chronicle, January 6, 2012.
Sarah Harding: My secret addiction to sleeping pills, The Sun, January 6, 2012.
Are sleeping pills mother's NEW little helper? Daily Mail, January 2, 2012.


Doctors told: Prescriptions aren't 'harmless', The Independent, December 30, 2011.
Doctors sued for creating 'Valium addicts', The Independent, December 29, 2011.
The Earl of Sandwich: It's time we realised these drugs are a threat to society, The Independent, December 29, 2011.
Benzo victim successfully sues doctor's surgery, Wakefield Express November 18, 2011.
Long term health consequences of over prescribed drugs, Simpson Millar Solicitors, November 16, 2011.
Benzo Nation, British Medical Association, October 22, 2011.
Benzos: more dangerous than the conditions they treat? Occasional Planet, September 14, 2011.
Amy Winehouse 'had taken sedative', Sunday Express, September 11, 2011.
The dark side of prescription drugs, The Independent, August 25, 2011.
Tranquilliser addicts need help, BBC NW Tonight (Video Clip), August 15, 2011.
Tranquilliser addicts need help: Labour MP Jim Dobbin, BBC North West Tonight, August 15, 2011.
Bury's Kevin Dewhurst talks of 'zombie' tranquilliser effects, BBC News Manchester, August 15, 2010.
Barry Haslam on BBC Radio 4's You and Yours, August 4, 2011 (17.29 minutes in)
TV slot for drug battle, Oldham Chronicle, August 10, 2010.
Is your doctor turning you into a drug addict? Daily Mail, August 2, 2011.
We need better access to rehab for addicts, Daily Telegraph, August 1, 2011.
Life addicted to prescription drugs, BBC News, July 27, 2011.
Prescribed Addiction, BBC Radio 4 Face the Facts (including transcript), July 27, 2011.
Four in five GPs prescribe drugs to patients they believe are addicted, Daliy Mail, July 27, 2011.
Barry's radio show switch, Oldham Chronicle, July 27, 2011.
Professor who wrote Coalition health policy was paid by drugs firm, The Independent, July 26, 2011.
Iatrogenesis and Our Benzodiazepine Secret, Addiction Today, July 20, 2011.
Addiction to OTC and Prescribed Medicines: Up a Primrose Path, Addiction Today, July 20, 2011.
Benzo Reports 2011: Conflict of Interests, Addiction Today, July 20, 2011.
Plan to control use of benzodiazepines, Irish Medical Times, July 6, 2011.
Barry to broadcast to the nation, Oldham Chronicle, July 5, 2011.
Drug addiction and withdrawal, Earl of Sandwich, ePolitix, June 23, 2011.
Benzodiazepines: Silent Killers, Stephanie A. Kinzel (blog), June 1, 2011.
America's Most Dangerous Pill? AlterNet, June 1, 2011.
Prescription drugs for anxiety and insomnia used heavily in Finland, Helsingin Sanomat, May 21, 2011.
Prescription drug addiction addressed, Healthcare Today, May 12, 2011.
Misery of the tranquilliser addicts forced to go cold turkey by GPs, Daily Mail, March 22, 2011.
More help urged for prescription drug addicts, Oldham Chronicle, March 10, 2011.
Prescribing of sleeping pills hits record levels, Irish Examiner, January 27, 2011.
Revealed: Northern Ireland's shocking dependence on sedatives, Belfast Telegraph, January 24, 2011.


The drugs don't work ... especially the legal ones, Belfast Telegraph, December 29, 2010.
Eight-year wait for drug misuse report, Irish Examiner, December 16, 2010.
Deaths linked to common anxiety drug soar, Irish Examiner, December 15, 2010.
Check on benzodiazepine use must be done, say MPs, Independent on Sunday, December 5, 2010.
Brain Damage from Benzodiazepines: The Troubling Facts, Risks, and History..., Psychology Today, November 18, 2010.
Welsh politician calls for probe into rising use of benzodiazepines, WalesOnline, November 15, 2010.
Pharmaceutical Scandal in Britain Sheds Disturbing New Light on Benzodiazepines, Psychology Today, November 12, 2010.
Drugs linked to brain damage 30 years ago, Independent on Sunday, November 7, 2010.
Earl of Sandwich: Benzodiazepines a Priority? Independent on Sunday, November 7, 2010.
Are your pills dangerous? Daily Mail, November 1, 2010.
Doctors ignored drugs warnings, Oldham Chronicle, October 18, 2010.
Earl of Sandwich appeals on behalf of Valium victims, Dorset Echo, October 17, 2010.
I lost ten years of my life as a middle class, NHS sponsored drug addict..., Daily Mail, October 12, 2010.
Benzodiazepines Debate, Earl of Sandwich, BBC News, Octorber 6, 2010.
The nightmare of giving up sleeping pills, Daily Mail, September 14, 2010.
Peril of the sleeping pill: Users a third more likely to die early, Mail on Sunday, September 10, 2010.
Ministers declare war on Britain's tranquilliser crisis, The Independent on Sunday, July 4, 2010.
Probe continues for drug victims, Oldham Chronicle, June 17, 2010.
Long-term use of anti-anxiety drugs continues in BC despite health risks, UBC, May 20, 2010.
Valium prescriptions soar during recession, Sunday Telegraph, May 2, 2010.
The hidden damage of psychiatric drugs, Salon.com, April 27, 2010.
UK has millions of addicts and most get their drugs from the doctor, walesonline, April 6, 2010.
Agony of the very unlikely addicts: 1000s hooked on tranquillisers, Daily Mail, March 23, 2010.
Prescribed medicines: Killers from the chemist, The Independent, March 16, 2010.
Anxiety drugs like Valium are addictive in the same way as heroin, Daily Mail, February 11, 2010.
Valium 'works like heroin', Daily Telegraph, February 10, 2010.
Crackdown on the Killer Tranquillisers, Sunday Express, February 7, 2010.
Addiction drama, Oldham Chronicle, January 14, 2010.


Woolas calls for drugs service help, Oldham Chronicle, November 30, 2009.
Action on Britain's epidemic of pill addiction, The Independent, October 31, 2009.
Barry Haslam Interview (video), Channel M Manchester, October 15, 2009.
'Rebuilding lives': Drugs help service is leading the way, Oldham Chronicle, September 22, 2009.
Money Talks - Documentary exposing shady drug industry practices, August 2009.
A pill for every ill: Two million Brits addicted to prescription drugs, Independent on Sunday, August 2, 2009.
Review of drugs welcomed, Oldham Chronicle, July 28, 2009.
Why 1.6m Britons are addicted to prescription pills, The Sun, July 2, 2009.
Anti-Anxiety Drugs Raise New Fears, The Washington Post, June 30, 2009.
Fear Jacko Drug Death Was Like Heath Ledger's, Sky News, June 27, 2009.
Minister to visit drug-help project, Oldham Chronicle, June 22, 2009.
Involuntary Tranquilliser Addiction, Michael Behan, Addiction Today, May 12, 2009.
'Sedation link' to birth defects, BBC News, April 7, 2009.
Prescribing practices called into question, Irish Times, February 24, 2009.
Health chief urged to come to Oldham, Oldham Chronicle, February 5, 2009.
Prescription drugs addiction warning, Oldham Chronicle, February 4, 2009.
MP's warning over drug addiction, Oldham Chronicle, January 29, 2009.
No support for 'over the counter addicts', Oldham Chronicle, January 21, 2009.


Barry steps up prescription drugs fight, Oldham Chronicle, December 29, 2008.
Tranquilizer Detox Withdrawal Can Last Years, ABC News, December 1, 2008.
Fears as tranquilliser addiction rises, The Observer, November 30, 2008.
Tranquilliser campaigner goes to top, Oldham Chronicle, August 21, 2008.
How doctors are turning millions of us INTO addicts, Daily Mail, August 19, 2008.
Pills made me ill but the clouds are lifting, Oldham Chronicle, July 29, 2008.
A decade of drug dependence, Watford Observer, June 27, 2008.
Prescribing drug abuse, Irish Medical Times, June 27, 2008.
Minister failing to provide benzo facts - claim, Oldham Chronicle, May 30, 2008.
Davies in EU drug appeal, Oldham Chronicle, April 14, 2008.
Valium Nation, Sunday Herald, Glasgow, March 16, 2008.
'GPs turned us into drug addicts', Yours Magazine, February 26, 2008.
GPs have got Britain hooked, The Observer, February 10, 2008.
Barry invites Health Minister, Oldham Chronicle, January 29, 2008.
Hundreds Killed by Ledger Pills, Sunday Express, January 27, 2008.
MP's boost for Beat the Benzos campaign, Oldham Chronicle, January 10, 2008.


Drug campaigner quits Labour Party, Oldham Chronicle, October 22, 2007.
Prescriptions for anti-anxiety drugs nudge 1m mark, Independent, Ireland October 21, 2007.
Take look at drug scheme, Hewitt urged, Oldham Chronicle, June 22, 2007.
Addict alert on new wave tranquillisers, Oldham Chronicle, May 14, 2007.
Legal...But lethal? Woman Magazine, May 8, 2007.
Barry scoops Man of Oldham award, Oldham Chronicle, May 4, 2007.
MPs 'too cowardly to hold inquiry', claims Haslam, Oldham Chronicle, April 27, 2007.
Haslam rejects official apology, Oldham Chronicle, March 26, 2007.
Tranquilliser problems 'swept under the carpet', Oldham Chronicle, March 26, 2007.
Commons near to benzos decision, Oldham Chronicle, March 22, 2007.
MPs in joint call over benzos, Oldham Chronicle, March 6, 2007.
Ad aims to win inquiry into drugs, Oldham Chronicle, February 26, 2007.
Legal Drug Addiction Advertisement, Oldham Chronicle, February 26, 2007. (PDF).
Patients on drugs miss out on help, Newcastle Evening Chronicle, January 18, 2007.
Boffin backs benzos blast, Oldham Chronicle, January 12, 2007.


Benzo campaigner outraged by comparison, Oldham Chronicle, December 28, 2006.
'Get tough' call on drug prescribing, Oldham Chronicle, November 8, 2006.
Revealed: The thousands of drug addicts, Newcastle Evening Chronicle, November 8, 2006.
A hidden menace, Newcastle Evening Chronicle, November 8, 2006.
End the Addiction Advertisement, The Independent, October 27, 2006.
MPs to highlight addicts' plight, Oldham Chronicle, August 3, 2006.
Doctors created addicts, Newcastle Evening Chronicle, July 25 2006.
Patients turned into addicts, says expert, Newcastle Evening Chronicle, July 24 2006.
Drug-labelling fight goes to EU, Oldham Chronicle, May 19, 2006.
I wanted to die: Vale Eley's Story, Daily Echo, April 18, 2006.
Valium became my illness, Daily Express, April 11, 2006 (PDF).
Valium addict's plea for help, WalesOnline, February 13 2006.


Progress for Barry in pills battle, Oldham Chronicle, July 29, 2005.
Addiction centre a model for country, Oldham Chronicle, July 28, 2005.
New hope on benzo support, Oldham Chronicle, April 5, 2005.
Benzo Barry asks Prime Minister to pay up, Oldham Chronicle, February 17, 2005.
British Columbia overdoses on tranquillizers, CanWest News, February 7, 2005.


Sleeping pills can kill, drug firm warns The Observer, December 5, 2004.
MP closes in on the truth over benzos, Oldham Chronicle, November 29, 2004.
Deadly warning on drug revealed, Oldham Chronicle, November 9, 2004.
Benzo sufferer receives $640 a week compensation, Sunday Star-Times, September 26, 2004.
Tranquilliser withdrawal centre opens in Oldham, Oldham Chronicle, August 18, 2004.
Barry's drugs guinea pigs fight, Oldham Chronicle, July 22, 2004.
MIND boss backs benzo inquiry, Oldham Chronicle, June 22, 2004.
Victory for Barry in anti-drug campaign, Oldham Chronicle, June 16, 2004.
Grandma's tablet warning, The Journal (Newcastle), May 27, 2004.
Legally addicted, The Australian, May 15, 2004.
Inspiring Barry, Oldham Chronicle, May 4, 2004.
Driving Force, Oldham Chronicle, April 27, 2004.
Treatment plan for drugs goes national, Oldham Chronicle, April 26, 2004.
Oldham takes the lead to host Benzo conference, Oldham Chronicle, April 15, 2004.
Campaigner demands details of benzo GPs, Oldham Chronicle, March 8, 2004.
Benzo addicts in vital drug study, Ormskirk Advertiser, March 3, 2004.
Arbitration in a special case, Sydsvenska Dagbladet, February 27, 2004.
New campaign launched to help tranquilliser addicts, Oldham Advertiser, February 25, 2004.
Give us money to beat benzos, campaigner demands, Oldham Chronicle, February 12, 2004.
Cut down on tranquilliser prescriptions, GPs warned, The Guardian, February 11, 2004.
GPs warned over tranquillisers, BBC News, February 11, 2004.
'Positive response' from benzo campaign meeting, Oldham Chronicle, February 9, 2004.
GPs 'creating an army of junkies', Metro, London, February 6, 2004.
Ireland has highest tranquilliser drug use in EU, The Irish Examiner, February 6, 2004.
GPs 'Turning Millions into Prescription Drug Addicts, The Scotsman, February 5, 2004.
GPs 'hook millions on drugs' Daily Mail, February 5, 2004.
Brussels lobbied by drugs campaign, Oldham Evening Chronicle, February 4, 2004.
EU help sought to fight killer drugs, News Release, February 2, 2004.
£48,000 eases addiction pain, Oldham Chronicle, January 30, 2004.
Fury over minister's drugs plan, Oldham Chronicle, January 27, 2004.
Benzodiazepines: Malpractice Judgment in Germany, Ralf Gerlach, January 22, 2004.
Accro aux benzos, Châtelaine Magazine, Québec, Canada, April 2004.


Reclassified drug still being prescribed, Christchurch Star, December 19, 2003.
Battle to beat pill addiction, Christchurch Star, December 19, 2003.
Minister's cheer for Barry, Oldham Chronicle, October 16, 2003.
Drugs goal in sight, Oldham Chronicle, September 30, 2003.
Hooked on Valium for 34 years, Woman Magazine, September 29, 2003.
Addicts sought for drug battle, BBC News, August 4, 2003.
Tranquilliser addiction is 'damaging our health', Hendon & Finchley Times, August 21, 2003.
Long-term tranquilliser use needs better monitoring, Hendon & Finchley Times, August 14, 2003.
Double failure for tranquilliser dependent patients, London Health Link, August 11, 2003.
Addicts asked to join EU campaign, Oldham Chronicle, August 11, 2003.
Help is at hand for 'silent' drug addicts, Northwich Guardian, July 30, 2003.
Anxious and addicted, The Australian, July 26, 2003.
Prescription drugs addicts needed for legal fight, Lancashire Evening Telegraph, July 25, 2003.
Battle against drug addiction, Good Housekeeping, August 2003.
Drugs victim-turned-expert helps to rewrite the rules, Oldham Chronicle, June 25, 2003.
Accidental Addicts, theage.com.au, Australia, June 16, 2003
Barry taking drugs case to Europe, Oldham Chronicle, June 12, 2003.
Gadsby encouraged by Island presentations, Journal Pioneer, May 22, 2003.
Raising awareness about addiction to prescription drugs, Journal Pioneer, May 14, 2003.
From Playgrounds to Prisons, Journal Pioneer, May 13, 2003.
Addiction by Prescription, Journal Pioneer, April 29, 2003.
Tranquilliser use increasing faster than narcotics, Daily Times (Pakistan), April 27, 2003.
Valium to be ranked alongside morphine in list of 'danger drugs', Independent, April 20, 2003.
Twin pledge on 'benzo' drugs are 'stepping stones' - MP, Oldham Chronicle, April 8, 2003.
Breakthrough for 'Benzo' Campaign, Oldham Chronicle, April 7, 2003.
Tranquilliser hell still haunts patient after 31-year addiction, The Western Mail, March 17, 2003.
Investigation : Forty Years of Valium, Sunday Tribune, March 2, 2003.
Campaigner in drug talks, Oldham Chronicle, February 20, 2003.
Unhappy Anniversary: Valium's 40th Birthday, The Observer, February 2, 2003.
Drugs destroy a life, Christchurch Star, January 16, 2003.


Benzo campaign moves to Europe, Oldham Chronicle, December 19, 2002.
Christmas in the Car, Chat Magazine, December 19, 2002.
Website lifeline for victims worldwide, Scunthorpe Telegraph, November 23, 2002.
MPs call for tranquilliser crackdown, Edinburgh Evening News, November 23, 2002.
'Prescription drugs wrecked my life', The Northern Echo, November 22, 2002.
Interview with John Grogan MP, BBC 2 North of Westminster, November 17, 2002.
'Zombie Man' will talk to MPs, Scunthorpe Telegraph, November 15, 2002.
Meacher to help tranquilliser addicts, Oldham Chronicle, November 15, 2002.
The Sleeping Pill Nightmare, Redflagsweekly.com November 11, 2002.
Benzos to be Class A...Like Heroin, Sunday Mirror, November 10, 2002.
Addiction fears rise about Xanax, Chicago Tribune, October 21, 2002.
Advocate wins compensation for Ativan patient, Waikato Times, New Zealand, October 2, 2002.
A Tragic Outcome, Healthy Options, New Zealand, October 2002.
Trust to meet tranquilliser addicts' group, Oldham Chronicle, 25 September, 2002.
Trust to enter talks on legal addiction, Oldham Chronicle, August 9, 2002.
Prescribing Valium Tops GPs, Healthy Options, New Zealand, August 2002.
India's Little Helper, TIME Asia Magazine, July 22, 2002.
Benzodiazepine guidelines routinely ignored, You & Yours, BBC Radio 4, July 16, 2002.
My 27-year drugs hell after fiancé died, Bristol Evening Post, July 10, 2002.
£40,000 for Valium dad, The Sun, June 28, 2002.
Interview with BBC Radio Humberside, June 27, 2002.
'Valium ruined my life' claimant wins £40,000 damages, Yorkshire Post, June 27, 2002.
'GPs made me into zombie', Scunthorpe Telegraph, June 25, 2002.
Keeble Hawson wins £40,000 settlement, News Release, June 24, 2002.
Valium addict wins pay-out of £40,000, Observer, June 23, 2002. Story about this site's owner.
US plan to strike enemy with Valium, Observer, May 26, 2002.
Brutal attack on wife blamed on sleeping pill, The Dominion, New Zealand, May 20, 2002.
What they don't tell you about prescription drugs, Good Housekeeping, May 2002.
Valium Addiction, Wales On Sunday, April 14, 2002.
Protracted Withdrawal is a Real Syndrome, eClinical Psychiatry News, April 2002.
Tranquillisers crash link revealed, Adelaide University Press Release, March 25, 2002.
Hooked on Valium...at 15, Woman Health Magazine, March-April, 2002.
Suspect in fatal Xanax shooting arrested in California, The Associated Press, March 13, 2002.
Medical Records, Oldham Chronicle, March 11, 2002.
Praise for experts who break ranks, Oldham Chronicle, February 14, 2002.
What Did She Want With Xanax?, Time Magazine, February 3, 2002.
Addiction by Prescription, Victoria Times Colonist, BC, Canada, February 1, 2002.
RIP mother's little helper, The Times, London, Friday, February 1, 2002.
Xanax abuse often takes a tough hold, Orlando Sentinel, February 1, 2002.
Valium (Pass notes No 1,989), Guardian, January 31, 2002.
End of Valium the 'little helper', Daily Mail, January 30, 2002.
Valium withdrawn as patent expires, The Independent, January 30, 2002.
Xanax often abused for easy 'high', MSN & NBC News, January 29, 2002.
Gov. Jeb Bush's daughter arrested in Xanax Prescription Fraud, MSN & NBC News, January 29, 2002.
Xanax: Bush's niece on drugs charge, BBC News, January 29, 2002.
Resources are vital, Oldham Chronicle, January 28, 2002.
Liberation from Anti-anxiety Medication, Jewish Advocate, January 18-24, 2002.
Drugs Blindfold, Oldham Chronicle, January 15, 2002.
Tranquilliser campaigner claims: 'I've been gagged', Oldham Chronicle, January 10, 2002.


Addicted by Sonya Felix, Canadian Healthcare Manager, December 2001.
Natives awash in addictive sedatives, The Vancouver Province, December 31, 2001.
Drugs Wrongly Prescribed to 7 Million Elderly, Reuters, December 11, 2001.
Mogadon man sues for loss of £3.5m business, Daily Telegraph, November 9, 2001.
Former User of Klonopin Sues Doctors, Boston Globe, November 4, 2001.
Will the accused please rise! Gurli Bagnall, Healthy Options, New Zealand, November 2001.
Don't get angry - get active, says campaigner Barry, Oldham Chronicle, August 22, 2001.
Tranquillisers: 'Learn from the victims' plea, Oldham Evening Chronicle, August 10, 2001.
MP urges new status for addictive drug, Oldham Evening Chronicle, August 1, 2001.
MP takes drug fight to the top, Oldham Evening Chronicle, July 23, 2001.
In the Womb and Hooked on Tranquillisers, Sunday Express, July 22, 2001.
Sorry Toll of Tranquilliser Deaths, Oldham Chronicle, July 9, 2001.
Health Memo, Dr Vernon Coleman, Sunday People, July 8, 2001.
The big tranquilliser cover-up, Margaret Bell, WDDTY, June 2001.
Tranquillisers: 'It's time for MPs to act', Oldham Evening Chronicle, June 13, 2001.
Drugs with a troubled past, Guardian, June 11, 2001.
Doctors urged to end drugs menace, Newcastle Evening Chronicle, June 7, 2001.
Effects Of Valium, Newcastle Evening Chronicle, June 7, 2001.
Ireland's Secret Addicts, Ireland On Sunday, June 3, 2001.
Joint enterprise deserves to succeed, Sunday Star-Times, New Zealand, June 3, 2001.
Addictive pills 'handed out like lollies', The Dominion, Wellington, New Zealand, May 29, 2001.
Risk labelling required as benzodiazepine prescriptions explode, Press Release, May 29, 2001.
Log on to drug help, Scunthorpe Evening Telegraph, May 28, 2001.
Rogue doctors worse than backstreet drug dealers, Irish Examiner, May 21, 2001.
Pharmacists role in reducing benzodiazepine addiction, Pharmaceutical Journal, May 19, 2001.
Damaged by drug relation of sheep dip?, Oldham Evening Chronicle, May 17, 2001.
To hell and back, St. Catharines Standard, Niagara, Ontario, Canada, May 14, 2001.
The Tranquilliser Trap, Panorama, BBC1, Sunday 13 May, 2001.
The Tranquilliser Trap Transcript, BBC1, Sunday 13 May, 2001.
Hidden world of tranquilliser addicts, BBC News, May 13, 2001.
Panorama uncovers major addiction problem, BBC News, May 13, 2001.
1.5 Million patients at risk from danger pills, Sunday Express, May 13, 2001.
Former Oldham addict features in BBC probe, Oldham Evening Chronicle, May 10, 2001.
Doctors warn against overuse of tranquillisers, The Times of India, April 11, 2001.
Don't keep taking the tablets, Independent on Sunday, April 8, 2001.
Medical misuse of sedatives 'kills 200 a year', Guardian, Saturday April 7, 2001
I had to be drugged up to the eyeballs to function, Best Magazine, February 20, 2001.
Campaigner is given cold shoulder, Oldham Chronicle, February 15, 2001.
The Christine Nichols Story, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, 14 February, 2001.
Seeking Justice for the Victims of Tranquillisers, Health Spectrum, February 2, 2001.
Mother's Little Killers, Channel 4 News, January 4, 2001.
Drug 'killing more than heroin', ITN News Review 2000.


Call to restrict 'mother's little helpers', Waikato Times, New Zealand, December 13, 2000.
More than 150,000 Finns take tranquillisers regularly, Helsingin Sanomat, December 11, 2000.
Therapy beats pills if you are miserable, Observer, December 3, 2000.
Keeping an open mind, The Guardian, November 22, 2000.
Problems of 'benzo babies' to be probed, Oldham Chronicle, November 22, 2000.
Tranquillisers 'more lethal than heroin', The Observer, November 5, 2000.
Man's life 'blighted by pills', York Evening Press, 30 October 2000.
Horrifying legacy of the 'celebrity sedative'..., Sunday Express, October 29, 2000.
Two Doctors Speak out against Benzos, Oldham Chronicle, Monday, September 4, 2000.
Little boy lost, Guardian, August 15, 2000.
Doctor warned over prescription to addict, The Evening Post, New Zealand, July 8, 2000.
Male nurse used sedative to kill and rape, Guardian, Thursday, May 18, 2000.
Oldham group to lead fight against tranquillisers, Oldham Chronicle, April 18, 2000.
Sleeping drug is new big killer, Scottish Daily Mail, January 26, 2000.


Leo Sternbach, The Father of Mother's Little Helpers, U.S. News, December 27, 1999.
Judge E. Bertelsmann's Addiction Nightmare, Sunday Times, Johannesburg, November 28, 1999.
Simon Hervey, BBC Radio 4, 'You and Yours', October 27, 1999. Transcript.
Woolas seeks action over tranquillisers, Oldham Chronicle, July 26, 1999.
The Medicine Menace, Daily Mail, June 22, 1999.
Deep depression over Barnsley, Daily Telegraph, June 17, 1999.
Rohypnol: The date rape drug, May 20, 1999.
Benzodiazepines: BBC Radio 4 Face The Facts, March 16, 1999. Transcript.
More addictive than heroin... Sunday Express Magazine, 1999.
Doctor backs benzo rules, The Vancouver Province, 1999.


Tranquilliser Blunder, The Oldham Chronicle, December 21, 1998.
Mother's Little Helper, ABC News, December 17, 1998.
Talk Radio UK Interview, Mike Dicken and Susan Bibby, December 5, 1998.
Helping people with tranquilliser addiction problems, Newsquest, November 23, 1998.
Road deaths linked to tranquillisers, The Guardian, October 23, 1998.
Tranquillisers ban 'could cut road deaths', BBC News, October 23, 1998.
Side effects of benzodiazepines were known, Oldham Chronicle, August 26, 1998.
Nightmare addiction cost Barry 10 years of his life, The Oldham Chronicle, May 14, 1998.
French Lead the World in Use of Medications, San Francisco Chronicle, May 14, 1998.
One Illness, 74 Tablets: And all they need is six... Sunday Mirror, March 1, 1998.
Tranquilliser safety, Bella Magazine, February 1998.
Tranquilliser users seek justice in Europe, BBC News, January 29, 1998.
GPs encouraged to promote alternative treatment , Newsquest, January 17, 1998.


Prescribed drugs do more harm to babies than heroin, Sunday Telegraph, September 21, 1997.
The scandal of the benzo babies, WDDTY, July 1997.
Valium Father to sue, Mail on Sunday, June 22, 1997.
Man can sue over "26-year misdiagnosis", The Daily Telegraph, May 10, 1997.
Sedative cocktails fed to the elderly, The Independent, May 7, 1997.
Peer's son blames the pills and is cleared, Sunday Telegraph, May 4, 1997.
The scandal of the benzo babies, Daily Express, March 1997.
Girl, 8, sues for foetal injury, Sunday Telegraph, February 16, 1997.
Mothers asked for tranquilliser facts, Sunday Telegraph, January 5, 1997.
Pills Mums Popped Hurt a Generation, Sunday Express, 1997.
Mary Baker's Story, Chat Magazine, 1997.


Drug blunder resurfaces in children, Sunday Telegraph, December 15, 1996.
Doctors dished them out like sweets..., The Independent, August 19, 1996.
Elderly sell prescription drugs to youngsters, The Daily Telegraph, July 3, 1996.


The Tragic Roundabout (Video) - iatrogenic benzodiazapine dependence, TVNZ Assignment, 1995.
Tranquilliser Terror, New Idea, New Zealand, August 14, 1995.
The Temazepam Trap, The Independent, May 12, 1995.
"I'm not asking for charity - just justice!", Best Magazine, March 21, 1995.


Benzos and Memory Loss: More Than Just "Old Age", Lader M., Prescriber 1992; 3: 13.
Tranquillisers: More deadly than alcohol, ITV World in Action, October 17, 1994.
Minor Tranquilizers, USA Today Magazine, May 1, 1994.
Sad story of the happy pills, The Guardian, April 5, 1994.
Addict's plea to PM, The Northern Echo, April 5, 1994.
Action on Ativan, The Daily Telegraph, 15 February, 1994.


Addicts' abuse of sleeping pill brings call for tough curbs, The Observer, August 15, 1993.
High Anxiety, Consumer Reports Magazine, January 1993.


Excluded Benzo cases may get LAB rescue, The Law Society Gazette, May 27, 1992.
Burt Reynolds: "I was up to 50 halcions a day", TV Guide Interview with April 25, 1992
Side-effects 'costing NHS £1bn a year', The Daily Telegraph, February 13, 1992.
George Bush: Our Man in Nirvana, The New York Times, Wednesday, January 22, 1992.


Benzo time alert, The Law Society Gazette, November 13, 1991.
Halcion - The Nightmare Drug, Health Store News, October 1991.
Benzodiazepine litigation begins, The Law Society Gazette, January 23, 1991.
Benzodiazepine litigation, The Law Society Gazette, January 9, 1991.


Report highlights tranquilliser peril: Addiction warning, The Times, July 31, 1989.


Plea for addiction warnings, The Times, October 24, 1988.
Growing awareness of the scale of tranquilliser addiction, The Guardian, August 17, 1988.
The 'happy pill' is a horror story, The Times, February 18, 1988.


Benzo Drug Addiction Video, Brass Tacks, BBC2, 1987.
Defendant acquitted of murder due to Valium, Law Society Gazette, July 22, 1987.


Tranquilliser 'addict' wins $20,000 in damages, The Age, Australia, May 13, 1986.
The Nightmare Pills, Dr Vernon Coleman, Today, May 7, 1986.


Warning to doctors on stress drug: lorazepam, The Times, August 13, 1985.


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