Benzodiazepine addiction is a growing problem in the United States. With ever increasing numbers of prescriptions being written for anxiety related issues, addiction to the prescribed medications also increases. Benzodiazepines are highly addictive and doctors have noticed that prolonged use of these drugs can lead to addiction, they try to keep prescriptions low and for as short of time as possible. If you do find yourself or a loved one addicted to these it is important to get them help because overdose is likely.
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Types of Benzodiazepines
Benzodiazepine or “benzos” are a class of pharmaceutical drugs used for many different reasons. Benzos were originally created to replace barbiturates and most are in tablet or pill form for oral consumption. They are legal when they are prescribed but people also obtain them illegally. They affect the gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) receptor and are a central nervous system (CNS) depressant, causing users to feel high with prolonged sedation. Benzodiazepine can change the brain’s neurochemistry and users can develop physical and mental dependencies. It is very easy to overdose on benzos, which can lead to seizures and comas. Users heart rates and breathing can slow and cause the user to die. Many users mix benzos with alcohol or even opiate drugs. Here are the different kinds of benzodiazepine.