Another significant health risk is the misuse (abuse) of benzos—that is, using them other than in the manner prescribed and/or for intoxication an example of dangerous misuse is the use of any other depressant in combination with a benzodiazepine. Abstract benzodiazepines have been around for nearly 60 years and are still widely used shortly after their introduction, their potential for abuse and dependence began to be recognized. A coma is a possible result of a benzodiazepine overdose many drug users, particularly heroin or cocaine users, abuse benzodiazepines along with other drugs, which means that benzos can be involved in deaths resulting from the combination of drugs.
Benzodiazepine use disorder, also called misuse or abuse, is the use of benzodiazepines without a prescription, often for recreational purposes, which poses risks of dependence, withdrawal and other long-term effects. Benzodiazepine misuse among high-risk drug users, like other forms of high-risk drug use, cannot be measured by direct methods, such as surveys of the general population.
Abuse/misuse benzodiazepines are often prescribed as a tablet or capsule some benzodiazepines are available in oral solution or injectable form abusers will take the medications orally however, they may also be crushed/opened and snorted. F1319 sedative, hypnotic or anxiolytic abuse with unspecified sedative, hypnotic or anxiolytic-induced disorder f132 sedative, hypnotic or anxiolytic-related dependence f1320 sedative, hypnotic or anxiolytic dependence, uncomplicated. Benzodiazepine misuse among high-risk drug users, like other forms of high-risk drug use, cannot be measured by direct methods, such as surveys of the general population insights into the scale of the problem can, however, be gained from data collected from those entering specialised drug treatment in europe.
The dangers of benzodiazepine abuse increase dramatically when mixed with other central nervous system (cns) depressants, such as alcohol and opioids 6 because the combination can cause severe respiratory depression. While benzodiazepine substance dependence and abuse can occur, the overwhelming weight of epidemiological evidence 4 suggests that this is a problem only for a very small minority of patients (06% for abuse and 05% for dependence among users) and that the rates of abuse of benzodiazepines are significantly lower than the rates of abuse of food. The consequences of benzodiazepine abuse and addiction many people believe prescription drugs are safer than street drugs they don't realize prescription drug abuse comes with almost as many dangers. Benzodiazepines are a class of drugs commonly prescribed to treat anxiety, insomnia, epilepsy, and alcohol dependence however, benzodiazepines have considerable risks and can be fatal if abused. Benzodiazepine-related problems include diversion, misuse, dependency, driving impairment, and morbidity and mortality related to overdose and withdrawal in older patients they have been associated with cognitive decline, dementia 3 and falls 4 , 5 there is evidence of increased mortality with long-term use 6.
Benzodiazepines (bzds) first entered the us market in 1960 chlordiazepoxide was the first in the class to be approved and introduced into clinical practice 1 bzds quickly gained popularity because of their improved safety profile, most notably reduced respiratory depression, compared with older medications, particularly barbiturates 1,2. Benzodiazepine abuse overview benzodiazepines are a type of medication known as tranquilizersfamiliar names include valium and xanaxthey are some of the most commonly prescribed medications in. Misuse of benzodiazepines may also arise from injudicious patterns of prescribing for the treatment of alcohol dependence, or from attempts at self-treatment for alcohol dependence some drug misusers will also develop a dependent pattern of use of benzodiazepines in their own right.
Benzodiazepines, or benzos, are a class of pharmaceutical drugs prescribed for a spectrum of mental disorders and ailments they are used to treat moderate to severe anxiety, panic attacks, epileptic seizures and even withdrawal symptoms from other central nervous system depressants like alcohol. Benzodiazepine abuse is a growing problem and carries serious risks to health and society benzodiazepines are commonly used by polydrug abusers, alcoholics and. Benzodiazepines (sometimes called benzos) work to calm or sedate a person, by raising the level of the inhibitory neurotransmitter gaba in the brain common benzodiazepines include diazepam (valium), alprazolam (xanax), and clonazepam (klonopin), among others.