“In the last year there have been several studies/stories about the risks associated with benzodiazepine abuse. And while benzodiazepines have been prescribed for decades to treat anxiety and seizure disorders, the possible threat of overusing them is real and with that comes dependency, overdose and the potentiality of death. Did you know that since 2010, there have been 6,507 US drug overdose deaths that involved benzodiazepines? Because of this rising number, Foundations Recovery Networkcreated an infographic to help familiarize those about benzodiazepines but most importantly help create awareness regarding the possible addiction with benzodiazepines.”
Broken down in sections, the infographic (http://www.dualdiagnosis.org/benzodiazepine-addiction/) goes into detail about:
- What are benzodiazepines: their brand names and the amount of prescriptions filled in the US in 2011, the number of related ER visits in 2010 and the confiscations by law enforcement for each associated drug.
- Why prescribe benzodiazepines, specifically the disorders that are treated
- Common side effects and contraindications with benzodiazepine use
- Key statistics related to the dangers of abuse
- Symptoms of overdose
Source: Foundations Recovery Network– May 2014