Infographic: Anxiety Disorders and Benzos Abuse

This infographic details the prevalence of anxiety disorders in the US and the unfortunate consequence of abuse of anti-anxiety medications such as benzodiazepines, commonly referred to as “benzos.” This phenomenon is well researched, as attested to by the multiple sources referred to in this infographic, including: the CDC, the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, and the DAWN report. According to this infographic, anxiety affects 1 in 5 US adults and is responsible for one third of all US mental health expenses. In addition to these costs, this infographic states that the addictive benzodiazepines commonly prescribed to treat anxiety result in over half a million ER visits and 30% of the deaths due to pharmaceutical overdoses every year.