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Most people start taking benzodiazepine under a doctor's care to treat and/or produce sedation, sleep, control anxiety, muscle spasms and prevent seizures.  In higher dosages, benzodiazepines produce hypnotics; in moderate dosage anziolytics; and in lower dosage, they act as sedatives.  While most people who have started abusing these medications started with a doctor's prescription, others have found themselves abusing benzos as a way of self-medicating by "borrowing" from others, stealing or buying the drugs illegally on the streets or through shady internet sites.

There are a multitude of problems which are associated with benzodiazepine use. They can include sedation, memory impairment, overdose, and physical dependence. Although tolerance develops to the sedative effects of these drugs, the use of benzodiazepines may be may be a factor in road accidents, particularly when they are used in combination with other sedative drugs such as alcohol and other medications. Memory impairment is one of the most striking adverse effects of benzodiazepines (Curran 1991) especially in the elderly which may include dementia. Medical Assisted Treatment reports that memory impairment could be disruptive or dangerous to the extent that a person may forget important events or information, or engage in risky behaviors while under the influence of drugs. While an overdose with benzodiazepines alone is generally not lethal, an overdose of a benzodiazepine combined with another sedating drug (including methadone) can be fatal. Thus, benzodiazepines are routinely found in toxicology screens of suicide victims, or attempters, and suicide risk should be closely assessed and monitored in methadone patients who are taking benzodiazepines.

Perhaps the most prominent and relevant risk associated with benzodiazepine use in drug-abusing population is that of physical dependence and withdrawal symptoms following discontinuation. When regular use of benzodiazepines is discontinued, patients can experience rebound anxiety and agitation, insomnia, tension, sweating, tremulousness, ringing in the ears, increased sensitivity to noises and to light, woman in painand sensory and perceptual distortions (Busto et al.1986). In cases of severe depend-ence, withdrawal delirium and and seizures, (like those seen in severe alcohol withdrawal) may be observed. The extent and timing of symptoms will depend in part on the amount and duration of previous use as well as the type of benzodiazepine being used. Because of the potentially dangerous symptoms that can appear, benzodiazepine detoxification should be conducted only under medical supervision.
 

People who have legally prescribed benzodiazepines and have become dependent on those therapeutic doses usually have several of the following characteristics.

  • They have gradually become to "need" benzodiazepines to carry out normal, day-to-day activities.
  • They have taken benzodiazepines in prescribed "therapeutic" (usually low) doses for months or years.
  • They have continued to take benzodiazepines although the original indication for prescription has disappeared.
  • They have difficulty in stopping the drug, or reducing dosage, because of withdrawal symptoms.
  • If on short-acting benzodiazepines they develop anxiety symptoms between doses, or get craving for the next dose.
  • They contact their doctor regularly to obtain repeat prescriptions.
  • They become anxious if the next prescription is not readily available; they may carry their tablets around with them and may take an extra dose before an anticipated stressful event or a night in a strange bed.
  • They may have increased the dosage since the original prescription.
  • They may have anxiety symptoms, panics, agoraphobia, insomnia, depression and increasing physical symptoms despite continuing to take benzodiazepines.
     

    The Office of National Drug Control Policy reports:

  • Benzodiazepines are mentioned as an emerging drug problem in BostonE. Alprazolam (Xanax®) and clonazepam (Klonopin®), in particular, are widely abused in Boston methadone programs.
  • Benzodiazepines are considered the drugs with the most serious consequences by methadone treatment sources in Baltimore, Honolulu (where they have replaced heroin since the last reporting period), Memphis, and Miami.
  • In general, alprazolam is the most frequently mentioned benzodiazepine.
    Benzodiazepine use has increased in MemphisE, especially among White adult females in rural areas. Dealers are reported as older and more rural than in the past. Alprazolam is particularly common among methadone clients.
  • Benzodiazepine abuse has increased somewhat among methadone treatment clients in St. Louis.
  • High school students in Miami are increasingly abusing alprazolam, sometimes with ecstasy, sometimes by itself.

    Commonly known drugs which are under the benzodiazepine family include:

    Brand Name

    Generic Name

    Ativan
    Azene
    Centrax
    Clonopin
    Dalmane
    Halcion
    Librium
    Paxipam
    Restoril
    Serax
    Valium
    Xanax

    lorazepam
    chlorazepate
    prazepam
    clonazepam
    lurazepam
    triazolam
    chlordiazepoxide
    halazepam
    temazepam
    oxazepam
    diazepam
    alprazolam


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