Xanax, Klonopin, Ativan, Valium and other similar medications are over prescribed for the relief of anxiety disorders and insomnia. These medications are highly addictive and can be dangerous if abused. Overdose from Prescription Depressants, mainly Xanax, Klonopin, Ativan, Valium are associated with almost as many deaths as heroin particularly when combined with alcohol and other substances. Often these medications are overused, shared between family members, or friends, or worse get into the hands of kids who take them from the medicine cabinet.
These drugs are also called CNS depressants because they can slow brain activity making them useful for treating anxiety, panic, acute stress reactions, and sleep disorders. CNS depressants cause drowsiness; they are often prescribed to treat sleep disorders like.
What Are Benzodiazepines?
Benzodiazepines are the most commonly prescribed anti anxiety and are used for relief of both anxiety and sleep problems. Non-medical use of prescription Benzodiazepines are the most commonly used drug in poly drug use. Benzodiazepines can be used to:
- Intensify the “high” of opioids and heroin;
- Heighten the effects of alcohol;
- Ease the agitation of drugs that have stimulant effects, such as ecstasy, cocaine or meth.
- People who use sedatives combined with other substances such as prescription opioids, heroin and alcohol are at high risk for respiratory failure and/or death.