Benzodiazepines, called “benzos” for brevity, are pharmaceutical drugs used to treat a broad range of psychological disorders. Notably anxiety, panic attacks, and seizures.
Benzos are most often consumed in pill or tablet form, though they can be administered intravenously or ground up and snorted.
Though benzodiazepine is a legal drug when prescribed by a doctor, benzodiazepine abuse is common, and a large underground market exists for the illegal distribution and consumption of the drug. It is a schedule IV drug under the Controlled Substances Act.
Drugs in this category must meet the following criteria:
- The drug has a low potential for abuse relative to those placed in Schedule III
- The drug has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States
- Abuse of the drug may lead to limited physical or psychological dependence relative to those in schedule III
The most common benzodiazepines are:
Despite benzodiazepine’s legitimate medical applications, it is a highly addictive and dangerous drug. If you or your loved one is struggling with benzodiazepine abuse, you are encouraged to seek professional help immediately.