Do you know what a benzo is? That’s OK, neither did I.

A benzo is a benzodiazepine. They are used to treat anxiety, sleeplessness, vertigo and tinnitus. They are commonly Xanax, Valium and Klonopin, to name a few. In 2019, the State of Connecticut lost 1,200 people to accidental overdose death — 25 percent of those deaths were from benzodiazepines.

Why is this important? Because if you have kids and/or if you are using these prescriptions, it is important to know that they can cause addiction and death. Kids know and they will use them. Lock up your scripts.

I used to have a fear of flying. OK, I still have a fear of flying. I would chug down two or three Xanax with wine and pass out on the plane. No fear here! I would wake up six hours later, groggy and disorientated, oblivious to the fact I could have killed myself with that lethal combination. I would be remiss if I did not mention that the prescription bottle had on it “Do Not Take With Alcohol” in bold print.

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