Opioid deaths have increased steadily over the past several years. Reports of the opioid crisis or the opioid epidemic appear in the media on an almost daily basis. Overdose deaths from another source have been steadily rising as well but have received very little media attention. Benzodiazepines, once considered an extremely safe medication, are resulting in higher rates of drug addiction and are being implicated in overdose deaths, especially when used in conjunction with opioids.
Unfortunately, the prescriptions for anti-anxiety medication have a high potential for abuse. Many people innocently go to their doctor for a solution to their anxiety and have no idea that they will become physically, mentally and emotionally dependent on the very thing that was meant to give them freedom.