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Can You Die From Benzodiazepine Withdrawal

How Does Benzodiazepine Withdrawal Kill You?

What are Benzodiazepines? In 2013, it was estimated that about 14.7 million American adults filled a benzodiazepine prescription. This number was up 67% from just 6 years earlier (Bachhuber, 2016). Benzodiazepines are a substance that is also referred to as a tranquilizer and carries a high potential for dependency. The benzo detox process can lead to serious withdrawal side effects and professional medical assistance is advised. [1] According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: [2] Over 90% of all prescription and illicit benzodiazepine-involved overdose deaths also involved either prescription or illicitly manufactured opioids, highlighting the dangers of co-using opioids and benzodiazepines. Benzodiazepines were involved in nearly 7,000 overdose deaths in 23 states from January 2019 to June 2020 – 17% of all drug overdose deaths. Illicit benzodiazepine deaths increased 520% (from 51 to 317) from Q2 2019 to Q2 2020. Prescription benzodiazepine deaths increased 22% (from 921 to 1,122) from Q2 2019 to Q2 2020. Benzodiazepines (also known as “benzos” and “downers”) are sedatives commonly prescribed to treat insomnia, anxiety, and other conditions. They work by slowing down the central nervous system and decreasing brain activity. The effects typically last between 6 hours to over 24 hours. Benzodiazepines are also produced and distributed illicitly.…