Documentary feature / Directed by Holly Hardman / Currently in post-production
For over fifty years, doctors have been prescribing benzodiazepines. The drugs bear well-known names: Xanax, Valium, Klonopin, Ativan. They are commonly thought of as safe, even innocuous drugs that help take the edge off or offer a better night’s sleep. As Prescribed, however, documents a strikingly different narrative. Through personal accounts and investigating mounting evidence, the film reveals benzodiazepines’ constellation of frightening effects, as well as the errant medical culture that continues to promote them. The result is the story of an under-the-radar epidemic that is devastating lives globally.