For more than 50 years, doctors have been prescribing benzodiazepines: Xanax, Valium, Klonopin, Ativan, Restoril. They are commonly thought of as safe — even innocuous — drugs that help take the edge off or offer a better night's sleep. "As Prescribed" documents a strikingly different narrative. The powerful personal stories told reveal the errant medical culture that continues to prescribe benzodiazepines without restraint. The result is the story of an under-the-radar epidemic that is devastating lives globally.