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  • Raija Itzchaki

Benzo's - America's next prescription drug epidemic?

Doctors are prescribing benzodiazepines, like Xanax, Ativan, Valium and Klonopin, at skyrocketing rates.

Benzodiazepines are sedatives used primarily to treat anxiety and sleeplessness. Patients can quickly develop a tolerance, leading to higher and higher doses, and painful withdrawal symptoms. Benzos are extremely difficult to quit. Stopping benzos cold turkey can cause seizures and even death.

A nonprofit organization, the Benzodiazepine Information Coalition, is trying to educate the public about benzos. Its mission is to educate both doctors and patients about what it means to be prescribed benzodiazepines.

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