Pandemic increases consumption of tranquilizers (1): Serbia on sedatives



For centuries, Serbs have been known as people who like to play and sing, so it is a devastating fact that in recent years sedatives have become an integral part of the lives of our citizens. The coronavirus pandemic has further contributed to this, as the consumption of tranquilizers has increased significantly. The entire region, including Serbia, has two to three times higher consumption of these pills compared to other European countries, especially northern Europe. This is the result of research by the Institute of Pharmacology of the Medical Faculty in Belgrade.

Although the policy of issuing prescriptions and buying tranquilizers has been tightened in recent years, there is every chance that the corona virus pandemic has aroused fears and increased feelings of anxiety, so citizens have again sought refuge in benzedines and bromazepam. It was not easy to endure numerous locks, fear of uncertainty, loss of loved ones, so people reached for boxes of pills that helped to forget about everything for a moment. At the same time, they often exaggerated.

Abuse of these drugs is much more common in women than men, and although it is mostly prescribed to the elderly, statistics show that it is mostly used by young people aged 18 to 25. Before the state banned the free sale of intoxicating pills, we were the first in Europe in terms of the number of 16-year-olds who drink bensedine. In 2016, the public was shocked by the fact that we drank 5.3 million boxes of bromazepam and benzedine that year.

In the same year, in the Schoolboy operation, the Novi Sad police searched the bags of students from several primary and secondary schools and found, among other things, about 200 tranquilizers. More and more girls, teenagers aged 15 to 19, are drinking them on their own, and the reason is mostly bizarre problems – due to insufficient popularity on social networks. A large number of girls fall into depression, and only because their pictures or statuses on Facebook and Instagram did not get the expected number of likes. Of course, in addition to worries and the crown, social networks and the Internet have a great impact on this pandemic of taking pills.

Although colorful pills have a reputation as a medicine that solves all our troubles and problems, the truth is completely different. If they are taken for a long time and arbitrarily, conditions are created for the development of true psychophysical dependence. Therefore, psychiatrists warn that sedatives are a small step in solving the problem, but in fact they are paving the way for new troubles.

– In any case, these drugs are good while we are taking them. The problem arises when the drug begins to take a person. Then we just enter the vicious circle and prolong the problem, because no medicine will solve the problem, but it can only help us face the trouble and overcome it easier – says Prof. Dr. Janko Samardžić from the Institute of Pharmacology of the Faculty of Medicine.

Psychotherapist Zoran Milivojevic believes that as soon as people feel the first psychological problems, they immediately resort to tranquilizers, instead of asking for professional help.

– People live faster, people work a lot, alienation is getting bigger, and there is less and less time and money for rest, socializing and finding some kind of valve. Clear signs that help is needed are a constant feeling of worthlessness, sleep and concentration disorders, insecurity, fear and concern for the future. But instead of turning to an expert, unfortunately, people are taking tranquilizers. That’s the easiest thing to do, but it’s wrong. When you call a psychiatrist on time, there is a much higher chance that you will be cured even without medication – Milivojevic once said.

Several years ago, researchers from the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics in Novi Sad examined pollutants in the Danube near the sewer outlet in Novi Sad. Among the traces of drugs that arrived from human urine, most were caffeine, and others on the list were antidepressants.

Guild of three billion dinars

Every fifth person in Serbia occasionally or daily takes tranquilizers, according to the latest research from the Medical Faculty in Belgrade, whose results show that in 2020, when the coronary virus pandemic broke out, Serbian citizens spent a total of more than three billion dinars on sedatives. a billion more than in 2018.

Drugged drivers in Sweden

A group of scientists from Sweden examined blood samples from people who were arrested in that country in 2004 and 2005 for driving under the influence of drugs – there are about 15,000 cases. Most of the cocaine or hallucinogenic drugs were not found in these samples, because they were not the most drugged people out of control who roam the streets of Stockholm. These are mostly patients who have taken prescription drugs.

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