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Benzodiazepine Deaths Rising

Since 1999, opioid deaths have increased by a factor of 5, but overdose deaths due to benzos have risen by a factor of 8.

Valium was given the despicable name “Mother’s Little Helper” because they said it helped Mom get through the day! On their own, benzos are bad enough, but they get much worse when mixed with alcohol and opioids. And who doesn’t mix their drugs and alcohol! That’s probably why the benzo death rate is climbing. In fact, 30% of opioid deaths are caused by fatal mixtures of the two types of drugs.

Benzo brand names are Valium, Xanax, Ativan, Librium and Klonopin. In the 1960’s Valium was all the rage. It was part of the culture. in evidence on TV and in movies. Women have often stated that they had been on Valium, and had a hard time getting off. The drug label insert says “for short term use only.” That “rule” is rarely followed and patients take the drug for years at a time, become addicted and then have a terrible time going off it.

The popularity of Xanax accounts for a lot of the idiocy we see on the road. People who wouldn’t dream of drinking and driving think nothing of getting behind the wheel on Xanax. That’s a really bad idea. Xanax has a much more profound impact on response time, not to mention that it induces a sort of blissful apathy that’s not conducive to any sort of quick decision-making.

Many have been on benzos for years, and are struggling to get off them. Medical intervention can have them admitted to drug detox clinics and put on drugs like Neurontin to help them withdraw. Then they have to detox and wean off Neurontin in a never-ending cycle of harm.

There is also a vicious cycle that’s created with magnesium deficiency causing symptoms of anxiety and tension that are treated with benzos. All drugs will increase magnesium deficiency and make symptoms worse, resulting in taking more drugs. A magnesium RBC test may help to uncover a magnesium deficiency. However, the test range is going to reflect the fact that 80% of the population may be deficient in magnesium. This means you want your levels to be in the upper 20%. If the magnesium RBC is 3.8-6.8, you may want to be above 6.

Magnesium is necessary for the function of 700-800 different enzyme systems in the body. It can help detox medications and heavy metals, relax muscles, calm nerves, help you sleep at night and give you energy during the day. All these functions can help you overcome symptoms of a benzo addiction especially if magnesium deficiency is the reason you began the drug in the first place.