Ulman to host panel on the benzodiazepine crisis Oct. 16

DOYLESTOWN, Oct. 10 – State Rep. Wendy Ullman, D-Bucks, and Pro-ACT Community Organizer Elnora “Noni” West, will be hosting a panel discussion, “Benzodiazepines: Our Other Prescription Drug Epidemic” from 7 p.m.- 9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16 at Doylestown Hospital, Conference Room J.

“It’s becoming clear that adult Americans have an addiction to prescription medications, not just opiates,” Ullman said. “Between 1996 and 2013, the number of adults with benzodiazepine prescriptions grew by two-thirds, from 8.1 million to 13.5 million people. Benzos are highly addictive and should be prescribed with caution.”

Ullman will be joined by a panel of subject matter experts, including Amanda Johns, director of Pharmacology, Aldie; Maryann Venezia, psychiatry, Lenape Valley Foundation; Christopher White, clinical supervisor, BC Drug & Alcohol Commission; Joseph Yi, detox specialist and board-certified addiction psychiatrist; and Paul Zazow, psychiatry.

“I’m looking forward to an illuminating discussion about ways to end the benzodiazepine crisis in Pennsylvania,” Ullman said.

People with inquiries about the event should contact Ullman’s office by phone at 267-768-3670 or by email at RepUllman@pahouse.net.