Prescription drug use, unfortunately, has reached an all-time high in our country. The numbers of individuals who are being admitted to poison control centers because of prescription drug overdoses are staggering. The problem with prescription drugs is that many people take them without the supervision of a medical professional. If you or anyone you know has developed a drug addiction to a prescription drug like Benzodiazepine, it is important to seek immediate medical attention. It may be necessary to undergo a process like a benzodiazepine medical detoxification in order to rid your body of all toxins.
Benzodiazepine is classified as a psychoactive drug. It was first discovered in 1955 in the form of chlordiazepoxide (Librium), by 1960 it was made readily available and was marketed by Hoffman-La Roche which also marketed Valium as diazepam. It is a depressive drug that enhances the effect of the neurotransmitter gamma-aminobutyric acid. For this reason it is used as a sedative, a sleep agent, anti-anxiety med, anticonvulsant, as well as a muscle relaxant.
Aside from Valium, and Librium, other forms of benzodiazepines include Ativan and Xanax. These types of drugs are typically used to treat anxiety and insomnia. However, due to the tranquilizing effect that they cause they are extremely easy to abuse. Taking them over a short period of time is not so dangerous, but long term use and abuse is very dangerous and can even be fatal, in the case of Whitney Houston and Leslie Carter (the sister of Aaron and Nick Carter) who passed away at the age of 25.
It doesn’t matter whether it’s a street drug or a prescription drug; drugs effect the body the same way. A drug addiction to any type of drug can wreak havoc on the body. Ativan, Valium, and Xanax act the same way, and at times are even more dangerous because people think they’re ok to use. Some side effects of abuse of Benzos include; dizziness, clumsiness, insomnia, unsteady gait, irritability, disorientation, depression, headaches, vision problems, nausea, abdominal pain, drowsiness, tachycardia, disinhibition and overall weakness. Sometimes anterograde amnesia occurs as well. Anterograde amnesia is the inability to form new memories after the event that caused the amnesia. This leads to a partial or complete inability to recall the recent past, however memories formed before the event are unaffected.
Although the government and drug regulating agencies are trying to crack down on those doctors that are a little too ‘free’ with their prescription pads, prescription drug use is still a huge problem in the United States. This problem also has a major impact on teens as well; teens now have access to prescription drugs from their parents or other family member’s medicine cabinets. In some cases parents even innocently give their child a dose to help them at a certain point. This creates an unhealthy attitude toward Benzos and prescription drugs in general. The rule should be if it’s not yours, it’s not safe.