A type of medication know as tranquilizers, also called “benzos”, are a class of psychoactive drugs whose core chemical structure is the fusion of a benzene ring and a diazepine ring. They act on specific receptors in the brain, called gamma-aminobutyric acid-A (GABA-A) receptors. Familiar names include Valium and Xanax. They are some of the most commonly prescribed medications in the United States. When people without prescriptions obtain and take these drugs for their sedating effects, use may turn into abuse.
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