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Can You Overdose on Sedatives

Sedatives Addiction

What are Sedatives? Sedative drugs include benzodiazepines, selective benzodiazepine receptor subtype agonists (z-drugs), barbiturates, and other sleeping pills. These are commonly prescribed for insomnia and other sleep problems and are also used for anxiety disorders, either generalized or panic attacks. These sedatives are controlled substances due to their potential for misuse and substance abuse. Misuse is often self-medication (chemical coping) of psychological symptoms in ways unauthorized by the prescriber, usually as dose escalation leading to requests for early refills. Sedatives are abused for euphoric effects, which may have dangerous consequences. Are All Sedatives Addictive? Misuse of prescription psychotherapeutic drugs, including sedatives, is second only to marijuana as the nation’s most prevalent illicit drug use issue. All sedative and hypnotic drugs pose a significant risk of physical and psychological dependence. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), in 2015, an estimated 119.0 million Americans aged 12 or older used prescription psychotherapeutic drugs in the past year, representing 44.5 percent of the population. About 18.6 million of them used sedatives (6.9%). Of the 18.6 million past year users of prescription sedatives, 0.6 million were youths aged 12 to 17 (2.4% of youths), 1.3 million were young adults aged 18 to 25 (3.8% of young adults), and 16.6 million…