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Concept.png Benzodiazepine 
Widely taken and strongly physically addictive drugs

Benzodiazepines are a class of drugs. They are widely taken worldwide as treatment for conditions including depression, anxiety or insomnia.


Sudden withdrawal can cause depression, insomnia, confusion, seizures or death. Tapered withdrawal from benzodiazepines can last years.[1]



Page nameDescription
DiazepamThe highest selling drug in the US between 1968 and 1982, under the brand name Valium.
XanaxA Pfizer drug peddled as a short term management of panic disorder but thanks to overprescription creates addiction.


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