FISP offers information and discussion events about "the consumption of medication and dependency on medication".
These events are based on the film "Benzo & Co" (ZüFAM). The information events are run by trained moderators with a migrant background.


Every tenth adult in Switzerland regularly takes medication, which can be both physically and psychologically addictive. Sleeping pills, painkillers and sedatives are mainly consumed. Women, particularly those in the second half of life, are twice as likely to become addicted to medication as men.
In the film "Benzo & Co.: Dealing with medicines" women from various cultures talk about why they became addicted to medication and either how they overcame this addiction or what they are doing to overcome it. Specialists discuss possible reasons for the abuse of medication, talk about the benefits and dangers of medication and show alternatives.
(Report NZZ, 11.06.2008 by R. Wiederkehr:


Target group and settings

The events are aimed at migrants. They take place within a public framework. Possible venues / settings include:
Integration projects, language schools, migrant associations and organisations, meeting places and centres, religious establishments and organisations, social institutions and participants from the educational and social spheres.


Languages offered

The events can be offered in German and other languages. At present, these are the following languages.

  • German
  • Arabic
  • Bosnian / Croatian / Serbian
  • Farsi
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish
  • Turkish



Service agreement with the Institut für Epidemiologie, Biostatistik und Prävention der Universität Zürich



Schlaf- und Beruhigungsmittel brochure " Medication with children and adolescents: Responsible use in everyday life", in 15 languages
Schlaf- und Beruhigungsmittel brochure "Sleeping pills and sedatives: Avoid dependence", in 12 languages
Schlaf- und Beruhigungsmittel brochure "Sleeping Pills and Sedatives: The Risks", in 12 languages


Zürcher Fachstelle zur Prävention des Alkohol- und Medikamenten-Missbrauchs
Schweizerische Medikamenten-Informationsstelle (SMI): Patientenberatung und Informationen. Beratungstelefon 0900 573 554 (1.49/Min.), Zeiten: Montag bis Freitag 08.00 bis 12.00 Uhr
Arzneimittel-Kompendium der Schweiz: Verzeichnis aller in der Schweiz zugelassenen Medikamente.