“It’s been a tough few years for benzodiazepines, the pharmaceutical industry’s top-selling family of prescription drugs. Tough in every way, that is, except sales: Xanax remains the world’s most popular pill, and U.S. prescriptions for it and other benzos grow by 12 percent every year.
It’s their reputation, long enjoyed, as harmless and effective medicines that’s taking a flurry of hits — some glancing, others on the nose. For starters, researchers have recently posited a link between benzos and Alzheimer’s; they’ve documented an explosion in overdoses and ER visits by people mixing benzos and prescription opiates; and they’ve mapped out the disturbing brain-science of benzo dependency, addiction and withdrawal.
Among the many discoveries to result from this mapping is proof that benzos induce reward prediction activity in the brain and increase dopamine release. Just like heroin and cocaine.”
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Source: HuffingtonPost.com – June 25, 2015