If you tell your doctor that you’re suffering from anxiety, there’s a good chance you’ll walk out with a prescription for a benzodiazepine.
These are drugs such as Xanax (alprazolam), Valium (diazepam), and Ativan (lorazepam). They are highly addictive.
Unlike prescription opioids, addiction issues with benzos, as they are commonly called, get little attention.
Doctors are prescribing fewer opioids. Their use has fallen since 2012.