OHSU gives a name to a dependence on non-opioid variety of drugs
Go to a doctor with symptoms of anxiety and insomnia, and you're likely to leave with a prescription for a kind of sedative called a benzodiazepine.
These are not opioids, but they do carry their own set of issues. The side effects can interfere with daily life, and stopping their use can bring on a more intense version of the original ailment.
Researchers at Oregon Health & Science University have coined a new diagnosis: Complex persistent benzodiazepine dependence, or CPBD.
Christopher Blazes, a psychiatry professor, visits with details of the work his team performed.