Methamphetamine, heroin and cocaine distributed by the Drug User Liberation Front, a grassroots organization proving a safe supply of illicit drugs, in Vancouver, in April 2021.
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People are dying from using a toxic drug supply. Safer supply and other approaches that listen to the needs of people who use drugs are critical to saving lives and addressing the opioid crisis.
Naloxone can prevent deaths from opioid overdose, but there is no way to reverse the effects of benzodiazepine overdose without risk.
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Fentanyl adulteration led to the replacement of heroin in the unregulated drug supply of British Columbia. Now that benzodiazepines are present in many opioids, are we headed towards a ‘new normal?’
Xanax, sold generically as alprazolam, is a popular drug to treat anxiety – and to sell on the street.
Benzodiazepines, or benzos, are some of the most widely prescribed drugs in the US. They are meant to be used only short-term, but thousands use them long-term. That’s a big worry.
There are many pharmacological options available for insomnia. But they will mostly make you reliant upon them for sleep.
With so many different types out there, it’s hard to know what sleep medications are safe to use. Here’s a guide.
More young people are using Xanax – but overdose, addiction and side effects present serious risks.
Benzodiazepines are prescribed for anxiety, but can cause more problems than they solve.
Benzodiazepines are used by many people despite their associated risks and harms.
Opiates have emerged as a significant threat to public health in the UK.
Long-term use is not recommended because of the known side effects. But it took two decades, after its release in the 1960s, to recognise this.
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Benzodiazepines, like alcohol, are depressant drugs, sometimes referred to as “downers” as they make people feel relaxed, sleepy, less coordinated and generally slowed down.
This class of drug poses significant risks of misuse and dependence, paradoxical reactions, disinhibition, amnesia and intoxication.
The body responsible for regulating drugs in Australia, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), is poised to decide whether to restrict access to benzodiazepines, such as Xanax, Valium and Normison…