Drugs

Benzodiazepines: Our Other Drug Epidemic

The country is gobbling down Valium, Librium, Xanax, and Klonopin like crazy. There are consequences.

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Benzodiazepines: our other prescription drug epidemic

I got the call every addiction doctor dreads: A patient of mine nearly overdosed. ... and progressing to heroin by his early 20s. He had been in recovery for six months. "Was it heroin?" I asked the doctor, who was calling from the emergency department. "Not opioids," said the doctor. "Benzos ...{C}

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Anna Lembke, M.D., is associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Stanford University School of Medicine, chief of the Stanford Addiction Medicine Dual Diagnosis Clinic, and author of "Drug Dealer, MD: How Doctors Were Duped, Patients Got Hooked, and Why It's So Hard to Stop" (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2016).