How Do Benzodiazepines Impact A First Responder?

By Safe Call Now Admin Staff

Prescription medications may not seem like much of a risk for first responders. After all, your doctor prescribed this treatment to help you with an issue. Benzodiazepines like Xanax, Valium, Ativan, Klonopin and others can provide relief from anxiety, insomnia, social anxiety disorders and even alcohol withdrawals.

However, even following your doctor’s orders carefully can put you at risk for dependence or addiction. Let’s take a look at some of the effects benzodiazepines can have on the body.

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Anxiety, Alcohol Consumption & First Responders

By Safe Call Admin Staff

Most first responders experience anxiety to some extent—whether it’s worrying about major life events, difficulty with personal relationships or stressful situations at work. These anxious feelings are temporary for some, but many first reponders struggle with anxiety for extended periods of time.

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Officer Down – My Husband & I’m Dispatching…

By Samantha Smith – Armor Up WV

Every dispatcher has a call or a phrase over the radio they never want to hear. I was no exception. On my shift, we seemed to get very bad calls more frequently than others. We’ve heard things no one should have to. We had an officer get shot after a pursuit, a fireman lose his life and children not make it out of a structure fire. While handling these emergencies, the toll it takes on your emotions is a hard on you. Little did I know, these were the easier of the “bad” calls.

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