Opioids have proven to be the worst addiction crisis in our country in many years, and now As the Daily Caller reports that in Chicago, fatalities due to opioids and anti-anxiety meds have been rising.
As The Daily Caller explains, “Officials in Cook County Ill, say addiction to benzodiazepine medications like Xanax, Valium and Klonopin appear to be increasing in the region.” With meds like Benzodiazepines, which are prescribed for anxiety and can slow down your breathing, can be dangerous when used with opioids. *
These drugs are two bad tastes that go bad together, and anti-anxiety meds have been under fire for contributing to deaths in the hip-hop community. A youth rehab for troubled youth in the state report that “roughly one in four patients now have abuse problems” with these drugs, “up from only one in 10 in 2013.” And the death toll has risen too, “claiming 333 lives last year.”
As one rehab source says, “This has taken the place of ecstasy in the party culture for some people. Because it’s a prescription drug, people can rationalize it. It doesn’t fit into people’s concept of what drug abuse looks like.