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Benzodiazepine

7.16.2018 | Aidan Jerome
Benzodiazepines
Benzodiazepine

Benzodiazepines (commonly referred to as benzos) are a class of psychoactive substances that act as central nervous system depressants. These substances work by magnifying the efficiency and effects of the principal inhibitory neurotransmitter gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) by binding to and acting on its receptors.

It is strongly recommended that one use harm reduction practices when using this class of substances.

The anticonvulsant properties of benzodiazepines may be, in part or entirely, due to binding to voltage-dependent sodium channels rather than benzodiazepine receptors. [14 ].

This led some doctors to require a signed consent form from their patients and to recommend that all patients be adequay warned of the risks of dependence and withdrawal before starting treatment with benzodiazepines. At the same time, 117 general practitioners and 50 health authorities were sued by patients to recover damages for the harmful effects of dependence and withdrawal.

Benzodiazepines and Opioids National Institute on Drug Abuse

6.15.2018 | Daniel Kendal
Benzodiazepines
Benzodiazepines and Opioids National Institute on Drug Abuse

More than 30 percent of overdoses involving opioids also involve benzodiazepines, a type of prescription sedative commonly prescribed for anxiety or to help with insomnia. Benzodiazepines (sometimes called "benzos") work to calm or sedate a person, by raising the level of the inhibitory neurotransmitter GABA in the brain.

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4 A study among U.S. 3 In a study of overdose deaths in people prescribed opioids for noncancer pain in Canada, 60 percent also tested positive for benzodiazepines. Previous studies have also highlighted the dangers of co-prescribing opioids and benzodiazepines. 5. veterans with an opioid prescription found that receiving a benzodiazepine prescription was associated with increased risk of drug overdose death in a dose-response fashion.

Benzodiazepines and Opioids National Institute on Drug Abuse

5.14.2018 | Aidan Jerome
Benzodiazepines
Benzodiazepines and Opioids National Institute on Drug Abuse

More than 30 percent of overdoses involving opioids also involve benzodiazepines, a type of prescription sedative commonly prescribed for anxiety or to help with insomnia. Benzodiazepines (sometimes called "benzos") work to calm or sedate a person, by raising the level of the inhibitory neurotransmitter GABA in the brain.

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Combining opioids and benzodiazepines can be unsafe because both types of drug sedate users and suppress breathing—the cause of overdose fatality—in addition to impairing cognitive functions. 2 The study showed that people concurrently using both drugs are at higher risk of visiting the emergency department or being admitted to a hospital for a drug-related emergency.

Benzodiazepines Archives

8.17.2018 | Logan Murphy
Benzodiazepines
Benzodiazepines Archives

H. 3594 would require pharmacists to distribute pamphlets containing information on benzodiazepine misuse and abuse, risk of dependency and addiction, handling and addiction treatment resources. This would be a major legislative response to the prescribing patterns for these drugs today.

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Benzodiazepines Archives

4.13.2018 | Logan Murphy
Benzodiazepines
Benzodiazepines Archives

H. 3594 would require pharmacists to distribute pamphlets containing information on benzodiazepine misuse and abuse, risk of dependency and addiction, handling and addiction treatment resources. This would be a major legislative response to the prescribing patterns for these drugs today.

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