They shouldn't be given out left and right no, but if someone has tried other options like SSRI's and still suffers from anxiety, they should be offered. Instead you have to jump through hoops to get even a small PRN script. And the basis for this is nothing to do with medicine or science, it's just to prevent lawsuits, that's what really gets to me as someone who has suffered from bad anxiety including panic attacks all my life. It should also be noted SSRI withdrawal is every bit as bad as benzo withdrawal. But no one gives a shit about that because as long as no one can get a buzz off it then it's okay to hand out to everyone.Maybe I should relocate to the UK. Sounds tempting... Benzos shouldn't be given out left and right though. Never found them addicting but quite a number do, and the withdrawals being so severe and highly dangerous without tapering down is something that shouldn't be handled without medical care. Like pain management, there's alot of pepole who don't have panic attacks or anxiety that seek them out for sure.
And just consider, it is honestly easier to get amphetamine or morphine than it is to get diazepam over here... that's how demonised benzos are. It's fucking ridiculous.