Nation's ER's Report: Abuse of Anti-Anxiety Drugs Up
The number of drug-abuse related visits to hospital emergency rooms (ERs) involving benzodiazepine medications exceeded 100,000 in 2002, a 41 percent increase since 1995, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration's Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN). Nearly half of the emergency department (ED) visits involving benzodiazapines -- which include such psychotherapeutic sedatives as Valium, Xanax, Klonopin, and Ativan -- were connected with suicidal ideation, gestures or attempts.
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Many, Stress Leads to the Use and Abuse of Drugs, Alcohol and Tobacco...
Some of the Basic Facts
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Stressful events can have a direct affect on the use of alcohol
or other drugs. Stress is a major contributor to the initiation and
continuation of drug addiction and alcohol abuse, as well as to relapse
or a return to drug use after periods of abstinence.
Stress is one of the major factors known to cause relapse to smoking, even
after prolonged periods of abstinence.
Children exposed to severe stress may be more vulnerable to drug use. A number
of clinical and epidemiological studies show a strong association between psychosocial
stressors early in life (e.g., parental loss, child abuse) and an increased
risk for depression, anxiety, impulsive behavior, and substance abuse in adulthood.