Where does Klonopin come from?
In the 1950s, Leo Sternbach, a scientist working at the multinational pharmaceutical Hoffman-La Roche, created a new type of tranquilizer called benzodiazepines, which were less dangerous than barbituates. One type of benzodiazepine, called clonazepam, was developed in the 1960s and sold by Hoffman-La Roche Klonopin in 1975. Klonopin, here, appears to an easier-to-say but still science-y-sounding take on clonazepam.
Klonopin was first prescribed to treat epilepsy, but in subsequent decades, became a leading medication to help patients with anxiety, panic, sleep, and movement disorders as well as to help drug addicts manage withdrawals, seizures being a major symptom. Widely prescribed, Klonopin also became recreationally abused for its sleepy, calming high, joining other prescription drugs like Xanax and Oxycontin.
Klonopin is considered a Schedule IV drug by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Abuse of the drug can lead to addiction and overdose. The drug was notably found in the system of Anna Nicole Smith, who died of overdose in 2007, and David Foster Wallace, the following year.
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Who uses Klonopin?
Klonopin is familiar to medical professionals, patients, and recreational drug users. It has a reputation for being widely available, very addictive, and extremely sedating. On the street, Klonopin is referred to a Kpins and being high on the drug pinning out.
— pattyhearst☀9000 (@severenexe) June 5, 2018
Wanna hear some fucked shit I used to do listerine shots to try and potentiate my meager klonopin script when I was in rehab
— the fair youth (@carrionbradshaw) June 12, 2018
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