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Criminal Activities Associated with Benzodiazepine Drug Abuse

According to a survey carried out by the Australian Government, those who abuse benzo drugs were more likely to be:

  • Be living on the streets.
  • High chances is that they don’t have full time jobs
  • Are more likely to use heroin and other methamphetamines.
  • They are likely to be receiving illegal incomes.
  • Are more likely to be ex-convicts.
  • Female patients using benzo is more common compared to their male counterparts.
  • Benzo users are more likely to rely on government financial assistance compared to non-benzo users.

Statistics show that while there some people who only exclusively abuse the benzo drug. Chances are that they combine it with other types of addictive illegal drugs. Perpetrators of robbery and sexual assault use benzodiazepines drugs: for instance Jeffrey Dahmer who was a notorious serial killer admitted using Halcyon in sedating his victims before killing them.

Law enforcement and regulations measures across the globe

The drug was initially introduced to the world as a healing drug bringing reprieve to those suffering various ailments and conditions. However with time, it proved to be more harmful than useful. Thus various governments around the world have put strong measures to limit, regulate and stop their supply to the average citizen. The following is a short description on how various governments are fighting against benzo drug abuse:

  • Europe: There was widespread abuse of Temazepam drug in Europe, but with reclassification of this drug as “Schedule 3 controlled drug”, it got very strict prescription restrictions thus making the average person hard to get access to it. Northern Ireland reported about 31 percent of all patients admitted into drug treatment centers had cases of benzodiazepine abuse.
  • North America: Benzo drug abuse is a very serious problem in North America. With the most commonly abused benzodiazepines being abused most in USA and Canada being diazepam, alprazolam, lorazepam and clonazepam.
  • Oceania countries: Benzo abuse is quite rampant in New Zealand and Australia, with the majority of people abusing it being people abusing other illegal drugs. The greatest threat to benzo abusers is the fact they use needles to inject temazepam intravenously. Temazepam can be taken intravenously or through tablets.
  • East and Southeastern Asia: This is another area where benzo abuse is quite rampant. This can be attested by the fact that Central Narcotics Bureau of Singapore had confiscated about 94,200 tablets of nimetazepam in 2003. This is the highest number of nimetazepam drug confiscated ever since it was banned under the Misuse of Drug Act passed in 1992. Singapore classifies nimetazepam into Class C of controlled drugs.

If you or someone you love is addicted to benzos or other drugs, please check into a rehab facility today. There is no need for you to become another statistic.