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Dangerous prescriptions? Benzodiazepine use among Aboriginal senior women  
http://www.cwhn.ca/sites/default/files/PDF/CEWH/RB/bulletin-vol5no1EN.pdf

Discusses the health consequences caused by over-prescription of benzodiazepines to older Aboriginal women.

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Published: 2006
Manufacturing addiction: the over-prescription of tranquilizers and sleeping pills to women in Canada  
http://www.cwhn.ca/en/node/39526

Examines the over-prescription of benzodiazepines to women in Canada. Urges the establishment of clinical practice guidelines on the use and prescribing of these drugs and sleeping pills.

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Published: Winter/Spring 2004
What people need to know about psychiatric drugs

Reviews the major categories of psychiatric drugs, the commons uses of these drugs and the problems that can result from taking them, including dependency and addiction.

Published: 2005
Women  
http://www.heretohelp.bc.ca/sites/default/files/images/4.pdf

Looks at women's mental health and addictions issues, including eating disorders, mothering, rural issues, benzodiazepines, and workplaces.

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Published: 2004
Manufacturing addiction: the over-prescription of benzodiazepines and sleeping pills to women in Canada  
http://www.cewh-cesf.ca/PDF/bccewh/benzobrief.pdf

Outlines the pharmacology of benzodiazepines, prescribing rates and practices in Canada. Examines the over-prescription of these medications to women, as well as the effects of withdrawal and recovery from addiction.

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Published: 2003
Just say no: the dangers of tranquilizers and sleeping pills  
http://www.cwhn.ca/resources/kickers/benzo.html
Briefly examines the health risks and consequences associated with long-term use of benzodiazepines and tranquilizers. Includes references. (See Details)
Published: 2003
Women and benzodiazepine use and dependency  
http://www.womenfdn.org/Resources/info/pdfs/benzo.pdf
Looks at benzodiazepine use and dependency, as well as barriers women may face when getting off these medications. Provides a listing of withdrawal symptoms. (See Details)
Published: 2002
Benzodiazepine recovery tips  
http://www.psychmedaware.org/recovery_tips.html
Provides tips and information for those who are recovering from an addiction to benzodiazepines (tranquilizers). (See Details)
Published: 2005
Benzodiazepines: how they work and how to withdraw  
http://www.benzo.org.uk/manual/index.htm
Provides suggestions on how to withdraw after long-term use, and individual tapering schedules for different benzodiazepines. Describes withdrawal symptoms, acute and protracted, and how to cope with them. (See Details)
Published: 2002
Making connections: a booklet about women and prescription drugs and alcohol
Deals with women's use of alcohol and mood-altering prescription pills, and to some extent mood-altering over-the-counter drugs and tobacco. Examines the connections between prescription drugs, alcohol, and stress in women's lives and explains why women use prescription drugs and alcohol differently than men. Provides help to women who use prescription drugs and alcohol to avoid problems, and find support if they need it.
Published: 1995