The Benzodiazepines Family of Prescription Drugs
What Are Benzos?
Benzodiazepines ( also known as ‘Benzos’ ) are a class of man made psychoactive prescription drugs taken to treat anxiety, insomnia, PMS, panic disorders and other nervous disorders. Benzos foundational chemical structure is the fusion of a benzene and diazepine ring.
What Are Benzos Used For?
Not only Xanax, but Klonopin, Valium, Ativan and Ambien all fall into the Benzodiazepine family.
According to the AAFP, 11 – 15% of US households have
Benzodiazepines in the home. According to healthresearchfunding.org/ 125,000 people end up in US emergency rooms each year by abusing this prescription drug. In addition, 7 out of every 10 teenagers with Xanax addiction issues are taking the pills out of their family home medicine cabinet.
According to SAMHSA, prescription xanax drug abuse has been on a sharp rise. “New misusers of tranquilizers such as diazepam (Valium) or alprazolam (Xanax, called “zanies” by youth)-medicine normally used to treat anxiety or tension-went up nearly 50 percent in one year (700,000 in 1999 to 1 million in 2000).” Most startling, deaths have increased more than 5 fold from 2000 – 2017.