Pop culture has overwhelmingly romanticized benzodiazepines – a class of pharmaceutical drugs primarily used to treat anxiety. According to recent data from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, 12.5% of U.S. adults use benzos. Almost half of adults use benzos to help relieve stress, and nearly a quarter use them to sleep. Unfortunately, many individuals use benzos recreationally since these drugs trigger the body to release the feel-good dopamine hormone. Some individuals also take benzodiazepines to increase the effects of other substances, such as alcohol and marijuana.
While the use of benzos has remained relatively constant over the years, the demographics of users have changed. Historically, adults between the ages of 50 and 64 used benzodiazepine more than any other population group. However, millennials and gen Z soon took the lead, with 18 to 24-year-olds being the largest users of these commonly-misused drugs. There’s no doubt that benzo addiction is a growing concern worldwide, especially since so many users mix benzodiazepines with illicit drugs.
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