Legal prescriptions are now some of the most widely abused addictive drugs in Australia. With so many medical officials and individuals focused on opioids prescription Benzodiazepines and their addiction rates are also starting to rise.

The number of adults that have been prescribed benzodiazepine worldwide has increased in 67% as a result of many physicians avoiding the use of opioid prescriptions. Alongside the increase in prescriptions has also been an increase in overdoses on the same medication. The adverse effects of Benzodiazepine are commonly overlooked as it is prescription medication and commonly used amongst the elderly.


As these types of prescription medications are generally being given out to a subset of the population that is vulnerable to adverse effects like dizziness, falls, motor vehicle accidents, dementia and more, many of the signs of abuse or addiction are in completely overlooked.

Even in younger populations these types of prescription drugs are causing problems with addiction early on. Successful and driven individuals with careers are often finding themselves living in conditions where they might have to turn to street drugs in order to experience the same type of pain management. Prescription medications for simple conditions like shingles or injury recovery could put someone at risk for addiction. Weaning off of some of these medications after a person has completed their injury recovery often causes them to seek the same type of pain management later on.

Tapering down from even a prescribed drug can be a problem and without recognized signs of addiction, it can be extremely difficult for any member of the public to receive the support that they need to get off these prescription medications. Many people find themselves slowly falling into a cycle of addiction and ending up resorting and risk-taking behavior as well as sick with a number of other symptoms associated with their addiction.

Benzodiazepine and other prescription medications could represent a very real threat if the addiction rates in prescription medications continue to rise. Proper addictions counseling and support is required if these trends continue.