Sedatives are one of the most common prescription drugs that cause abuse. Benzodiazepines or Benzos are the most common type of sedatives that people abuse. In fact, Benzos account for one out of seven overdose deaths reported in recent years.

What Are Sedatives?

The primary function of sedatives is to slow down the body. They help relax and slow your body functions. People take them for anxiety issues and sleeping disorders. It is highly likely you have heard some of the names or know someone who uses prescribed sedatives. Examples include:

  • Ativan
  • Klonopin
  • Tranxene
  • Valium
  • Xanax


Overdose with Benzos is quite unique. Since Benzos affect your central nervous system, too many of them will slow your body functions until they no longer do enough to keep you alive. Your heart rate or breathing rate will slow down. Your brain functions also slow which results in memory loss. Basically, your body gives up on trying living.

Some people overdose because they are committing suicide. Benzos have a reputation for creating painless deaths. People will take a ton of Benzos at one time. They hope that this will let them sleep and die in their sleep.

An accidental overdose happens all the time too. Not everyone who goes through overdose wants to die. However, the effects are still the same and can lead to fatal consequences.

  • People who mix Benzos with other drugs have a high chance of overdose. Many drugs quicken the pace of the effects of Benzos and enhance them.
  • If someone builds up a tolerance and becomes dependent, they may increase their dosage of Benzos in order to sleep. They might overdose if they take too much.
  • Recreational users might start injecting. This can cause overdose a lot faster.


If you see someone with these symptoms, get medical help immediately.

  • Breathing Troubles
  • Fainting Spells
  • Vomiting
  • Cold Skin
  • Bluish Spots on Skin
  • Unconsciousness

Overdose Treatments

People still die after they are sent to the hospital. They do there very best.

  • Forcing the Patient to Vomit
  • Stomach Pump
  • Medication
  • Adding Fluids to Prevent Dehydration
  • Respirator

Many times, rehab will be recommended. Detox is very serious because the sedative withdrawal can lead to extreme depression. Someone may want to commit suicide when they are in the middle of detox. There is a lot of help that can be given to someone who wants to recover from their addiction.