“The most pervasive drug problem in the world is not heroin, not crack, not crystal meth, not pot, not any of the illicit drugs. Combined with the brutal nature of its addiction and the time and difficulty involved in withdrawing, a legal classification of drugs is by far the worst. Given their legal status and widespread use, benzodiazepines are secretly taking away the lives of Americans and people in other western cultures as we increasingly turn to pills to heal us. Commonly known as tranquillizers, the effects of these highly addictive prescription drugs are ghastly. Withdrawing from them can be extraordinarily difficult, far beyond description. This is the true story of one man’s journey through dozens of relentless, horrific withdrawal symptoms to renewed health. These drugs are worse than heroin.”
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