Laurie Irelind, an RN specializing in cardiology, was working as a nurse educator at a large teaching hospital before becoming disabled due to the adverse effects of Klonopin taken as prescribed. In 2013, she signed on as administrator for the support group Benzodiazepine Withdrawal Solutions & Recovery (whose membership has reached over 2400 members and is growing daily). Because of her own experience and her work assisting others with a benzodiazepine-associated disability, Laurie decided that it was time to expand her work to increase public awareness of the harm caused by benzodiazepines. In 2016, Laurie joined JC Curle and Jocelyn Pederson in forming Benzodiazepine Information Coalition.
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