Benzodiazepines (benzos) are central nervous system depressants that doctors prescribe to treat anxiety, panic, and sleep disorders.
Over five million adults misused benzodiazepines in the United States in 2016.
Benzodiazepine abuse may lead to short-term and long-term health problems, including emergency room visits, mental disorders, and suicidal ideation.
Types of benzodiazepines include:
- Diazepam (Valium)
- Clonazepam (Klonopin)
- Alprazolam (Xanax)
- Lorazepam (Ativan)
- Triazolam (Halcion)
- Estazolam (Prosom)