What is a Benzodiazepine?

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What is a Benzodiazepines?

This type of drug is used to relieve anxiety and insomnia. It is also used to relax muscles and prevent seizures. Benzodiazepines act on the central nervous system, produce sedation and muscle relaxation, and lower anxiety levels.

Although these drugs can serve a useful purpose they can also be abused and can cause problems for individuals. This drug is also known as the “date rape” drug because they can impair and even abolish functions that normally allow a person to resist or even want to resist sexual aggression or assault.

Death and serious illness rarely result from benzodiazepine abuse alone; however, they are frequently taken with either alcohol or other medications. The combination of benzodiazepines and alcohol can be very dangerous — and even lethal.

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