TV News Coverage: Anti-Anxiety Pill Overdoses Multiply During Pandemic
Doctors commonly prescribe Benzodiazepines, highly addictive anxiety medications that, when abused, can have life-altering consequences.
“We’ve seen overdose rates increase across the board.” Dr. Chapman Sledge, Chief Medical Officer at drug addiction treatment center Cumberland Heights, said.
Sledge said the social isolation brought on by the pandemic made people more anxious. That, coupled with a recent uptick in the production of illicit benzos, has been a deadly combination.