I am curious, now after years of over prescribing medications with little known facts about their consequences what is being done to help the people who trusted the fda, pharmaceutical co., and Dr.'s above all who put these drugs into circulation. I personally have dealt and am dealing with family member/s who are now up in years, 65+ that have been on opiod/benzo combo for years 20+ for 1 family member chronic pain/depression, 1 family member anxiety and for the 3rd I am not quite sure just why he is being prescribed the medication. Now, 1 family member has passed away, the other is under care of psychiatrist, and the 3rd is under care of pain mgt. clinic who after 2 years of pain mgt. has decided to wean 68yr old from benzo's and opiods all at same time, over the course of 2 months have been to ER twice. 1st they administered benzo and sent home or offered Bradford. 2nd trip withdrawals were worse and admission to geriatric psych unit (most heart wrenching and disgusting vile place I've seen removed all meds and psych dr. wanted to treat with depakote and venlafaxin, after 2 days paranoid, hallucinations etc…, another family had same situation after 1 week they said there mom came in walking and talking on her own by day 6 she could not stand on her own and could barely formulate a complete sentence. I left with my family member and called the pain mgt clinic and we are now on round 5 of tapering and withdrawals. So I am curious now we have the warnings for future generations that is GREAT, but what about the generation who have been used as lab rats and are now suffering due to this epidemic of benzo/opiad abuse. The Dr.s say one thing and you should follow this for tapering/weaning this is what to expect, but then look at the messages contained on this website and others the people who are going through this are saying something else and everyone's withdrawals are different. There seems like little to no help and not everyone can afford to check into a treatment facility in california overlooking the ocean. And Bradford treatment center is not equipped to deal with someone who has a chronic pain condition such as facial or trigeminal neuralgia. So my question is what about the generation who have been used as lab rats, now where do they go from here? This is time lost from work, strained family relationships, and it seems like for everyone 1 positive there are 3-5 negatives. What have we gained by sending someone 65+ into benzo/opiad nightmares there are tons of families dealing with this. It seems like with medications the FDA needs to be regulated and drugs need to be tested more than what they are a.) for longer periods of time and b.) on more diverse groups of people. Any thoughts?