Benzodiazepines, originally made available to the public in 1960 by Hoffman-Laroche, are a class of psychoactive drug used to treat a range of conditions, including insomnia, seizures, muscle spasms, alcohol withdrawal, and anxiety. In 1977, benzodiazepines were the most prescribed medication globally.
Benzodiazepines, commonly known as minor tranquilisers, are a relaxant and depressants, typically used for their sedative properties. Doctors will often prescribe a combination of benzodiazepines and opioids to people who suffer from chronic pain. Unfortunately, benzodiazepines have an extremely high rate of abuse; however, we now have ways of testing for the use of benzodiazepines.