What Are Benzodiazepines?
Benzodiazepines or “benzos” are a large class of psychoactive drugs that are widely prescribed to treat anxiety disorders, insomnia and a range of other conditions. They’re potent central nervous system depressants and are highly addictive. They produce feelings of sedation and relaxation in users and are highly dangerous if abused. It’s due to these feelings of relaxation that have benzodiazepine addiction on the rise.
The U.S. is one of the other 20 countries who prescribe benzodiazepines, with the U.S. prescribing 15 different types of the drug. Short-acting ones are for helping patients fall asleep or for sedation before surgery. These include ProSom, Restoril, Versed and Halcion. Longer-lasting benzodiazepines are normally used to treat anxiety and include such popular forms as Xanax, Klonopin, Valium, Ativan, and Librium.