Ever since benzodiazepines, a.k.a. “benzos,” were introduced in the ’50s and ’60s, primary care physicians and psychiatrists have been handing them out like candy. By the mid to late ’70s, benzos were already some of the most frequently prescribed drugs in the country.
Feeling stressed at work? Here, have some Xanax. Having trouble sleeping? Take a Valium. It’s all fun and games until somebody gets addicted.
Benzos are a class of fast-acting medications usually prescribed for anxiety, panic attacks, and insomnia. The most common ones you’ve probably heard of (and maybe taken yourself) are Xanax, Klonopin, Ativan, and Valium. …
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