Benzodiazepine prescriptions are soaring.
Recent reports have found that from 1996 to 2013, the number of adults filing a prescription for benzodiazepines increased by a whopping 30%. Beyond that, the volume of the prescriptions themselves for these drugs actually doubled in the same amount of time.
And while these numbers are quite substantial, when used appropriately benzos like Restoril can be instrumental in treating crippling conditions like anxiety, epilepsy, and insomnia. However, as these drugs continue to grow in popularity among prescribing physicians, it’s becoming clear that they may not be as safe as we think.
As CNN points out, studies have shown that benzo-related overdose deaths are rising at an incredible rate. From 1999 to 2010, the number of fatal overdoses involving benzos more than quadrupled.
These trends should be of particular concern to women too. That’s because benzodiazepine addiction and prescription drug abuse in general affects women disproportionately compared to men.
According to SAMHSA, 19% of female treatment admissions cited prescription drugs as their primary substance of abuse. For men, it was only 12.2%.
It seems clear, then, that women need to be especially careful and knowledgeable when it comes to abusing Restoril and other benzodiazepines.