Public speaker, trained in TDCJ (Texas department of criminal justice) Service work, recovery advocate/recovery coach and musician, with 7 years experience in traditional recovery. Strong conviction to promote recovery from pharmaceutical abuse, with a focus on compassionate, yet accountable service to others.......... Benzodiazepines, sometimes called "benzos", are a class of psychoactive drugs whose core chemical structure is the fusion of a benzene ring and a diazepine ring. Wikipedia Uses: Anxiety, Seizure, Spasm Benzodiazepines most commonly used to treat anxiety disorders are clonazepam (Rivotril)*, alprazolam (Xanax) and lorazepam (Ativan). Also used are bromazepam (Lectopam), oxazepam (Serax), chlordiazepoxide (once marketed as Librium), clorazepate (Tranxene) and diazepam (Valium). Benzos are tranquilizers or sedatives—such as Valium, Klonopin, and Xanax—often prescribed for anxiety, insomnia, muscle relaxation, and detox from alcohol. However, about 17% of people who take benzos misuse them. Opioids are a class of drugs used for pain relief. This includes prescription drugs such as Morphine and OxyContin, as well as non-prescription drugs like heroin. All opioids interact with the opioid receptors in the brain and body, which exist to process naturally-produced opioids such as endorphins. You have probably heard of the Opioid Crisis, so you know that opioids can be addictive. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, about 21-29% of people prescribed opioids for chronic pain misuse them. Of those, 4-6% transition to heroin use. About 80% of people who use heroin found their way to the drug through prescription opioids. While opioids and benzos are a different class of drug, more than 30% of overdoses involving opioids also involve benzos. Between 2001 and 2013, there was an increase in the number of people receiving simultaneous prescriptions for both of these drugs. This combination can be particularly dangerous because both drugs slow breathing. One study found that the death rate among people taking both benzos and opioids was ten times higher than that of people only taking opioids.
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