What You Need to Know About Benzodiazepines
Anxiety levels are on the rise across the country and prescriptions for benzodiazepines, or benzos for short, are skyrocketing. This group of anti-anxiety medications include drugs such as Xanax, Ativan, Klonopin and Valium. A study conducted by Express Scripts of more than 3 million people found that prescriptions for benzos increased by 34% from mid-February to mid-March, which is when the pandemic began worsening in the U.S. In 2019, a "normal" year, the FDA estimated that there were already 92 million benzo prescriptions dispensed in our country.

A October health tracking poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation showed two-thirds of Americans are worried they or their family will get sick from the coronavirus, which is up 13% since April. It's not surprising that people are seeking relief from the anxiety. These medications are very helpful when taken as prescribed for a short period of time, however long-term use is harmful.

Did you know? ... It's easy to accidentally overdose even if you're taking them properly.

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MADD Youth Programming
MADD CT has a NEW menu of programs to choose from to meet all your needs as teachers, community members and parents. If you’d like to inquire more fill out our Youth Programming Request.

Need Durable Medical Equipment? Got Equipment to Donate?
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Now Available in Spanish
The "CT Public Health Alert and Call to Action for Youth Suicide" is now available in Spanish.
In the News
Teens and young adults enrolled in the quit vaping program from Truth Initiative said they were driven to quit because of concerns about health (50.9%), cost (21.7%), the desire to be free from addiction (16%) and social factors such as others’ impressions of them (10.1%), according to a Truth Initiative® study published in Addictive Behaviors.

While health topped the list of reasons that drove young people to quit vaping, with some reporting concerns such as “I can’t breathe. My lungs are weak” and “I want my lungs back,” the study highlights the diverse experiences that motivated young e-cigarette users to quit in their own words and finds that health concerns were just one motivation to put their vapes down for good. Read full article.
COVID-19 already has been linked to an assortment of alarming long-term physical health effects, and now a new study illuminates what the virus can also do to a person’s brain.

A report in the medical journal The Lancet found that those diagnosed with COVID-19 are at a greater risk for developing mental health disorders. The data suggests that 1 in 5 patients who survived the illness will receive a mental health diagnosis within roughly three months of getting the infection.

The most common conditions experts have seen include post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression, insomnia and dementia. Read full article.
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