As Prescribed (2022)
Directed by Holly Hardman, 92 mins
On demand until Thursday 15 February 2024
Xanax, Klonopin, Valium, Ativan - all belong to a class of drugs known as benzodiazepines (benzos). News and entertainment media portray them in terms of addiction and abuse or as innocuous medications that relax nerves.
As Prescribed documents a strikingly different narrative, following eye-opening stories of invisible illness and disability.
Boston-based survivor Geraldine Burns leads a grassroots army of “good patients” that help other victims and advocate tirelessly for benzodiazepine harm awareness. But resistance is strong; Geraldine and her cohorts are opposed by powerful forces that include pharmaceutical giants and a medical culture that has denied the problem for decades.
We are delighted to showcase this important and most timely film on demand for seven days, following our third livestreamed screening and discussion which took place on Wednesday 31 January 2024.
The discussion after that January screening was moderated by Dr Jonathan Pimm from The Lancet; Jonathan was joined by As Prescribed director Holly Hardman, As Prescribed protagonist Geraldine Burns, and Dr Mark Horowitz, lead author of the Maudsley Deprescribing Guidelines which will be published in March 2024.
The edited and captioned recording of that discussion is available straight after the film as part of this As Prescribed on demand ticket.
As Prescribed: on demand
As Prescribed PLUS last week's panel discussion will be available for you to watch from Thursday 08 February to Thursday 15 February 2024.
Tickets are on sale now at £9.99
All VOD tickets are free for Global Health Film members