A new study SAMHSA study shines a light on the rising abuse of pills specifically Benzodiazepines.

Benzodiazepines
are a class of central nervous system depressant drugs that are
commonly prescribed for anxiety, insomnia, and seizure disorders.1
They were introduced in the late 1950s to replace barbiturates and
other drugs that often had unwanted side effects, including a high
addiction potential. It was not until almost 30 years later that the
potential of benzodiazepines for abuse and dependence was recognized.

Benzodiazepines
are often abused in combination with alcohol or other drugs
(particularly opiates) to enhance or lengthen the high provided by the
other substances or to offset their adverse effects. However, the abuse of benzodiazepines in combination with other substances can have severe and sometimes fatal consequences.

While
the 10 year growth of usage seems small, the indicators that more
people are being treated for abusing the pills is alarming.

America’s
Parenting Coach, Tim Chapman, says the report is consistent with what
he’s seeing in his patients.  “With the rise in the marijuana culture
because of medicinal marijuana, parents have focused on marijuana
usage.   But the real danger, that typically goes unmentioned, are
prescription drugs.   Children have no problem experimenting with pills
like Xanax and Valuium.     Unfortunately, especially when it comes to
the opiates, as soon as the pills run out, users turn to heroin and
other street drugs.”

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
(SAMHSA) study found that admissions for treatment of benzodiazepine
abuse among patients 12 and older rose from 22,400 in 1998 to 60,200 a
decade later. Benzodiazepine-related admissions accounted for 3.2
percent of all substance abuse admissions in 2008, compared with 1.3
percent in 1998.

The report also highlights that almost all
benzodiazepine admissions (95 percent) reported abuse of another
substance in addition to abuse of benzodiazepines: 82.1 percent reported
primary abuse of another substance with secondary abuse of
benzodiazepines, and 12.9 percent reported primary abuse of
benzodiazepines with secondary abuse of another substance.

A  comprehensive 12-panel Teensavers Home Drug Test Kit screens for
Benzodiaepines, along with opiates, marijuana, cocaine, ecstasy, PCP,
Amphetamines, Methamphetamine, Barbiturates, Methodone, Oxycodone, and
Tricyclic Antidepressants.

 

 

 

 

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