I agree with what you’re saying about how trauma victims will be treated. I would most likely think there was way too much chaos in the Vegas attack but the normal procedure for a crisis team is to do a critical indecent debriefing within twenty minutes of the event. This is based on Cognitive Behavioral research and is intended to decrease the impact of trauma.

I also agree the original intent for Benzos was up to a two weeks as a treatment. That’s not the case of course but I’m a firm believer in people taking responsibility for their own health care and not necessarily putting all the responsibility on the healthcare provider. Medication works best as part of a treatment plan, not the only treatment plan. Unfortunately our system in the US is not designed like that. You can have a prescriber and a therapist and neither have anything to do with each and most times you have to seek them out on your own.

As far as negative effects for long term use there is no doubt a long list but that’s the same as every other medication on the planet. Sometimes you just have to weigh quality over quantity. As a for instance, if someone needs to take blood pressure medication in order to live more comfortably, reduce their risk for a heart attack or stroke then I’d be swallowing every pill regardless of the other possibly damaging side effects. For me personally, I would like to live a more comfortable life than a more struggling one that is longer.

Newspaper reporter in Eastern Iowa. The views expressed are mine alone.

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