Neuroscientist tackles benzo drug crisis

With doctors prescribing benzodiazepines, like Xanax and Ativan, at never before seen rates, one neuroscientist has stepped in to offer a new solution.

Patients and doctors have resorted to popular benzodiazepines such as Xanax for anxiety, sleep, and stress-related problems. Within just three weeks, patients can become dependent on these drugs due to the build-up of intense withdrawal symptoms.

From this point, patients are often unaware of the potentially lethal consequences of sudden changes in how they medicate leading to tragic outcomes. Data from the National Institute on Drug Abuse indicates that each year, thousands of people suffer lethal overdoses related to the use of prescribed benzodiazepines. A lack of education surrounding the addictive and lethal consequences related to stopping and starting the use of popular medications is a likely reason.

At Nerv, we have created a 2 oz supplement for the management of occasional stress and anxiety. Our scientifically formulated shot can be purchased over-the-counter and offers an on-the-go solution. Nerv can be used by just about anyone and is ready to go anytime and anywhere. By offering a safe solution for the management of temporary stress and anxiety, we hope that Nerv can serve people who are not looking for benzodiazepines or a prescription.

Benzos can work quickly but once a tolerance develops, they require higher and higher doses, that come paired with painful withdrawal symptoms. Most alarmingly, these withdrawal symptoms are very difficult to kick with sometimes deadly consequences. This is part of the problem we are hoping to solve with Nerv. We offer a milder, safer solution that some people are looking for.

Here is some helpful advice for anyone struggling with benzodiazepine use:

Benzos should never be quit cold turkey as the withdrawal symptoms can be deadly.

Similarly, always tell your doctor an accurate history of prior benzo use as starting off on the wrong dose can also have dangerous consequences

Benzos interact with many other drugs and can also have dangerous effects when mixed with alcohol. Never mix benzodiazepines and alcohol.

Always follow the usage instructions according to the prescription and keep benzo use short term. If relief is desired for longer-term pain, ask for alternatives.

Nerv offers an additional solution for people looking to manage stress and anxiety. The benzo crisis will not be solved overnight, but we hope our work can help to shift the tide.

About the author: Dr. Michael Jiang is a neuroscientist entrepreneur and co-founder and inventor of Nerv, a small healthy supplement for the management of occasional stress and anxiety. His mission is to destigmatize the conversation around mental health by offering accessible, healthy, and intuitive solutions. The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the position of others.


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