What is Benzodiazepine?
Benzodiazepine belongs to a class of drugs called sedative-hypnotics. The first benzodiazepine was created in 1955 and by the late 1970’s benzodiazepine drugs were the most prescribed drug in the world. In a few short years, Benzodiazepine essentially replaced barbiturates in treating conditions such as anxiety, panic disorders, seizures, difficulty sleeping, and even alcohol withdrawal. Benzodiazepines work by affecting a neurotransmitter in the brain known as GABA, causing a chain reaction that reduces communication between neurons in the brain which produces the drugs sedative effective on the body. When used properly, benzodiazepine is an effective drug with medicinal purposes. However, one problem with benzodiazepine use as a prescription is the tolerance that quickly builds up with long-term use. An individual would require more of the drug to get the same effect. Another, much more serious problem with benzodiazepines is the fact that they act as a central nervous system (CNS) depressant. When mixed with other such CNS depressants such as alcohol or opioids, it can wind up being a fatal combination. This is a serious issue as many benzodiazepine addicts combine and experiment with drug combinations, which can prove deadly.