Benzodiazepines, or benzos, and drugs like Valium, Klonopin, Librium, Ativan, and Xanax are taken to get achievement from insomnia, social phobia, panic attacks, seizures, and anxiety.

But after a recent report, these prescription drugs have been found to be a cause of high abuse and addiction.

According to a psychiatrist working in a chemical dependency clinic in New York City Dr. Bechoy Adelmalak, these medications can be quite beneficial if used under supervision. However, as they are highly addictive and openly available in the black market, misuse of the drugs is unstoppable.

Though Benzodiazepines are not going to become a big epidemic, they have been around for decades as a silent epidemic and have been equally intensifying the current opioid epidemic consequences.

Though the first benzodiazepine, Librium, was approved in 1960, only recently has the FDA issued a warning against the misuse of these drugs.

Though the FDA Commissioner Stephen M. Hahn has said serious measures are being taken care of and new labeling information requirements are being looked into so, we can help the healthcare professionals and patients in better understanding that even if benzodiazepines help in treatments, it can have diverse edges if misused as in addiction usage. Matter of fact, on Sept. 23 new warnings have already been announced.

Over 130,000 U.S. Toddlers and Children Aged 0-5 Are Prescribed Addictive “Anti-Anxiety” Drugs (PRNewsfoto/Citizens Commission on Human Ri)

According to a report by the FDA, these drugs might also be abused with opioids, alcohol, and other illicit drugs causing an increase in fatal health problems.

 

The FDA affirmed all will have to comply with the new warning if they want to continue selling the drugs. Klonopin manufacturer Genentech said for the patients’ safety is their utmost importance and are very responsible for drug manufacturing. They also said they are fully updated with the class label update set for benzodiazepines, which includes Klonopin, and will cooperate with the FDA in updating the medicine labels.

According to The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, a branch of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service, an estimate of 18 to 25 years old Americans are highest at risk of misusing these drugs.

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