Taking benzodiazepines (e.g. Xanax, Valium, Ativan) while taking prescription opioids can be a dangerous combination. *CDC
MYTH: Drugs prescribed by a doctor (Rx) are safer than drugs purchased on the street.
FACT: Rx drugs can be just as dangerous as illegal drugs when misused. (SAMHSA)
A property of opioid drugs is their tendency, when used repeatedly over time, to induce tolerance. Tolerance occurs when the person no longer responds to the drug as strongly as he or she did at first, thus necessitating a higher dose to achieve the same effect. (NIDA)