2017-12-13 / Front Page

On the rise

Dear Editor:

Benzodiazepine use is on the rise in almost every state across the nation. “Benzos” are a class of drugs known as sedatives or tranquilizers and are prescribed by doctors to treat anxiety. These drugs are given out freely by doctors because anxiety, quite like pain, is a subjective condition. You can’t run a blood test to see the presence of anxiety so doctors, wanting to help their patients not be uncomfortable, prescribe them drugs like Xanax, Valium, and Klonipin. Unfortunately, these drugs are highly addictive and cause problems in of themselves. Alongside the opiate epidemic, a benzo epidemic was created but went unnoticed due to the sheer amount of people losing their lives to opiates. Now, we have three major drug epidemics happening all at the same time; the opiate epidemic, the methamphetamine epidemic, and the benzodiazepine epidemic. One very alarming part of the rising benzo problem is the fact that a lot of addicts are mixing opiates with benzos to enhance the high they get from the painkillers. What this also does is increases the threshold for overdose by causing a higher risk of respiratory arrest and death. The important thing now is that the public educates themselves on the ever-growing problem in order to protect themselves and their loved ones from the scourge of drug addiction.

For more information on benzodiazepines, go to http:// www.narconon-suncoast.org/blog/the-benzodiazepineepidemic is-worse-than-the-opiate-epidemic.html. If you are in need of a referral to a treatment center, call us at 877-841-5509

Jason Good
Clearwater, Fla.

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