October 4, 2019 at 3:19 pm

Are Benzos The Next Opioid Epidemic?

Study finds benzodiazepine prescriptions doubled during a 12-year period with more doctors prescribing them for conditions other than insomnia and anxiety.
“The problem is in the long term, they lead to more problems than they solve,” said Dr. Anna Lembke, Medical Director of addiction medicine at Stanford University. “People develop a tolerance, and they need more and more to get the same effect. They develop a dependence, finding when they don’t take them their anxiety is worse. And they think, ‘Oh, I need it because I have an anxiety disorder,’ but in many instances they’re actually medicating withdrawal from the last dose, so you can get into this vicious cycle.”
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