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Klonopin high is a serious discussion of the perils of taking this powerful Benzodiazepine for recreational purposes. Benzodiazepines, like Klonopin (Clonazepam), are some of the most commonly prescribed medications in the United States.
- Trying to get high is a common practice for people who like to abuse any type of benzodiazepine.
Physicians prescribe benzodiazepines, often referred to “benzo’s”, for a range of reasons, including;
- chronic anxiety
- post-traumatic stress disorder
- withdrawal from alcohol and opioids
Overdoses – Beware The Opioid Combination
According to the NIH, ALL of the overdoses last year involved Benzodiazepines and opioids.
“Recreational use of benzodiazepines,” according to one National Institute of Health study, “is associated with polysubstance abuse, lack of medical supervision, rapid tolerance to the euphoric or sedating side effect, and escalation of dose.
- Most recreational users of benzodiazepines are young men.
Documentation of indication for use, collection of drug-abuse history, close monitoring, and drug holidays can improve the management of this class of medication.”
- Much of Klonopin abuse is by taking an opioid and a benzodiazepine.
- This is at the root of the dangers at overdosing on Benzodiazepines.
Tolerance & Abuse
One of the reasons “recreational” use of klonopin is becoming more and more prevalent and habit forming, is due to the tolerance a person builds after using it over a period time. The body gradually builds up a “tolerance” meaning they need to begin taking larger amounts of Klonopin and become more and more dependent upon it.
- Not everyone metabolizes the medication in the same way and so the amount of time it takes each person to develop a dependence varies.
Listed as a schedule IV substance by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), klonopin and other benzodiazepines, such as Ativan, Xanax and valium, can quickly and easily become habit forming.
Healthcare professionals, all of whom discourage recreational use of benzodiazepines, are often split about whether or not these drugs should even be prescribed to patients.
“It’s amazing how polarizing the conversation gets,” Jerrod Rosenbaum told U.S. News. Chief of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital, Rosenbaum added,
“There is a constituency that views benzodiazepines as evil and harmful; they tend to come out of the substance use disorder community. They’re not perfect drugs, but they do work for conditions for which nothing else is as effective.”
Sure Sign Of Dependency – Withdrawal
Withdrawal from klonopin is especially uncomfortable and, if quit cold-turkey, particularly dangerous. Symptoms of klonopin withdrawal peak anywhere from one to two weeks after the drug is stopped and can include some of the following:
- Anxiety, irritability and depression
- Increased body temperature and sweating
- Loss of coordination
- Nausea and or vomiting
- Increased heart rate, seizures and hand tremors
- Intense and unexplainable panic attacks
Although efforts are being made to try and curtail buying prescriptions over the internet, the reality is the web has made it easier for people to get controlled substances, like klonopin, and use them recreationally.
The National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) provides a comprehensive page about Clonazepam (Klonopin). The factual sheet includes information about overdosing, long term use, side effects, and a list of medications that react negatively with klonopin.
More recently, however, Chris Cornell, front-man for the band Soundgarten, was found dead in his Detroit hotel room, as detailed by Rolling Stone. Though the coroner’s report listed his death as “suicide by hanging,” Cornell’s wife is speaking out about her husband’s struggles with anxiety. She believes his suicide was brought as a result of too much Ativan, a benzodiazepine similar to klonopin. Though these two high profile cases serve as cautionary tales.
Rock and roll legend Stevie Nicks, front-woman for the band Fleetwood Mac, developed a serious klonopin addiction after getting treatment for cocaine addiction. She talked to the Telegraph, a UK based news outlet, about her struggle to survive withdrawal, saying, “Klonopin is more deadly than coke (cocaine).
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