Characteristics of Long‐term Alprazolam Users in the Community

  title={Characteristics of Long‐term Alprazolam Users in the Community},
  author={Myroslava K. Romach and Gail Somer and Linda Carter Sobell and Mark B. Sobell and Howard L. Kaplan and Edward Sellers},
  journal={Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology},
The widespread use of benzodiazepines remains a source of concern to the medical profession and the general public, especially as newer compounds come on the market. Our goal was to characterize long-term alprazolam users in the community and to determine whether such use represented abuse or behavioural dependence. We conducted three community surveys to learn about the natural history of long-term alprazolam use. Current long-term alprazolam users (those using the drug for 3 months or longer… 

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