Benzos like Valium, Ativan and Klonopin have been around for decades and have become household names. Researchers at Oregon State University suggest that teens might be provided with benzos for medical conditions, such as anxiety, seizures, sleep disorders, and dental concerns. These drugs are not always recommended for routine use in adolescents.
In addition to slowing down brain activity, benzodiazepines tinker with the chemical signals in the brain. Many of the signals targeted by benzos have to do with feelings of happiness and reward. This is why it’s not surprising that people who take them over the long-term develop an addiction.
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