The story of being on benzos and then trying to not be on them is long, but the publicity is minimal. There in lies part of the problem. Although not much is known of the many dangers of long-term use, going cold turkey is not a reccommened form of quitting. Besides the unbareable withdrawal, seizures leading to death are a reality..
More importantly, benzos are correlated with morbidity more often than mortality. If someone can overdose on a drug, it can be stigmatized. Barbiturates fell out of favor in the early sixties after highly visible people, like Marilyn Monroe, overdosed and died. A handful of Xanax, by itself, will generally make you space out and fall asleep. If it doesn’t lead directly to death, a drug will likely stick around for as long as it prove either profitable to manufacturers or useful to consumers. Decay doesn’t count in America—just death