Valium and Vicodin
Valium belongs to the benzodiazepine drug class and is primarily used to treat anxiety. Valium acts by affecting neurotransmitters (chemicals released to facilitate nerve communication) in the brain by suppressing the nerve activity in both the brain and the spinal cord. Valium works fast, delivering its effects in thirty to sixty minutes. It is most commonly prescribed to treat anxiety and seizure disorders, but it is also used for muscle relaxation and in anesthesia. Common side effects include dizziness, depression, disorientation, sedation, aggression, irritability, and tiredness.
Vicodin is an opioid painkiller that contains a combination of hydrocodone and acetaminophen. Vicodin is commonly used for relieving pain that stems from injuries or surgery. Common side effects of Vicodin include confusion, slowed breathing, dizziness, impaired judgment, profound drowsiness, nausea, constipation and loss of consciousness.
In an interview with CBS News, Baltimore Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen stated that “nearly one in three unintentional overdose deaths from prescription opioids also involve benzodiazepines.” According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), more people died from prescription overdoses in 2014 than in any year previously.
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