Sunday, July 7, 2019

'Benzos' knocking em down in Vancouver

Vancouver’s Overdose Prevention Society says there were 16 overdoses in the city over two days last week. Director Sarah Blyth says she’s noticed a recent spike in overdoses ever since benzodiazepines, a type of psychoactive drug also known as “benzos,” rolled onto the Vancouver scene. Benzodiazepines are commonly prescribed by doctors as an anti-anxiety medication. Because benzodiazepines aren’t effected by Narcan, those brought back from an overdose are still drugged, and can lose their memories for days. Benzodiazepines work to calm or sedate a person by raising the level of the inhibitory neurotransmitter GABA in the brain.
Benzos are usually cut with other drugs.