The term “Kpins” is street slang for the anti-anxiety medication Klonopin (clonazepam). Klonopin is a potentially habit-forming benzodiazepine (benzo), and many people can become dependent on it in as little as a few weeks. Many people have become addicted to Klonopin while using it precisely as prescribed by their doctor.
Kpins block special receptors in the brain, effectively reducing anxiety and stress and promoting relaxation. Once a person is dependent on Klonopin, the drug, his or her brain can no longer function normally without it. This is one of the main reasons why people dependent on Klonopin have difficulty trying to discontinue use.
Signs of full-blown addiction to Klonopin or other substances include the following:
- Persistent drug cravings
- Continued drug use despite the incurrence of adverse consequences
- Having a desire to stop using but being unable to do so
- Lack of interest in social, family, or professional obligations
- Developing legal or financial issues
- Tolerance (increasing amounts are needed to achieve the sought-after effects)
- Dependence (withdrawal symptoms onset with the cessation of use)
Understanding Klonopin (Clonazepam)
A long-acting benzo, Klonopin reduces brain activity to help users feel relaxed. Initially designed to help people manage seizures, the drug’s rapid calming effects were later recognized as effective at treating anxiety and panic attacks. A Kpin tablet is swallowed or administered sublingually (dissolved after being placed under the tongue) up to three times a day.
Klonopin isn’t generally recommended for long-term use due to its potential for dependence and addiction. The drug has a relatively long half-life, which is the length of time required for half of the drug’s amount to be eliminated from the body.
Once Klonopin’s effects subside, dependent users may experience anxiety, panic, and insomnia symptoms. Many individuals attempting to quit using Klonopin relapse when withdrawal symptoms and drug cravings become unmanageable.
Klonopin Effects and Abuse
Although Klonopin effectively treats severe medical problems such as epilepsy, it is also a potent drug with a relatively high potential for abuse. Klonopin’s use without a prescription or over prescription doses is considered abuse and can result in profound CNS (central nervous system) depression. Users will experience a brief euphoric “high,” but this will soon be followed by lethargy and over intoxication.
Some people also abuse Kpins by crushing them into a fine powder and snorting them to enhance their effects. When someone abuses Klonopin or takes doses in excessive amounts or for an extended period, they may exhibit symptoms such as:
- Vertigo and fainting
- Impaired cognition
- Slowed reaction time
- Impaired judgment
- Reduced sex drive
Klonopin is frequently abused with alcohol to intensify both drugs’ effects, leading to blackouts and possibly respiratory failure. Regardless of the reason for abuse, large doses of Klonopin can put users at risk of overdose. As noted, Klonopin is a CNS depressant. As the drug slows the nervous system, vital functions such as heart rate and breathing are depressed, leading to coma or death.
Signs of a Klonopin overdose include the following:
- Slurred speech
- Extreme drowsiness
- Unsteady walking/gait
- Impaired coordination
- Reduced attention span
- Memory impairment
When a person abuses Klonopin, they may struggle with bodily functions and alertness. After a period of dependence on Klonopin, there is a risk of paradoxical reactions. Paradoxical reactions are, in essence, the opposite effects of what the medication is supposed to provide. These may include increased irritability and agitation, anxiety, panic attacks, depression, and insomnia.
Common Klonopin Drug Combinations
Polydrug use is commonplace among Klonopin users hoping to amplify the drug’s effects or reduce unwanted symptoms. For example, some people take cocaine or other stimulants to counteract the sedative effects of Klonopin. When this occurs, dangerous and unpredictable interactions can transpire, leading to overdose and even death.
Others may consume alcohol to enhance Klonopin’s relaxing/sedating effects, whether it’s for the sake of trying to sleep or enhance euphoric feelings. The worst consequence of combining Klonopin with other drugs, especially CNS depressants like alcohol, is a fatal overdose. In combination, alcohol and Klonopin can depress a person’s respiratory system to the point in which they stop breathing.
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