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    The Dangers of Benzos

    Benzos are reaching epidemic levels in the U.S. The dangers of benzos are reaching epidemic levels in the U.S.  Chief of Addiction Medicine and researcher at Stanford University Medical Center, Dr. Anna Lembke has spoken of her concerns about benzodiazepine prescribing, “Doctors also tend to overestimate the benefits. Long-term use can make insomnia, mood, and anxiety worse.” These medications are supposed to be prescribed in low doses and for short periods of time, due to risk of “dependence, addiction, cognitive damage, more falls, and death,” Lembke says. A recent study found that the number of benzodiazepines prescribed to Americans has more than tripled since the mid-1990s. Between 1996 and 2013, the number of adults filling a benzodiazepine prescription increased 67 percent, from 8.1 million…

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