Drop in new opioid prescriptions to benzodiazepine patients could reduce overdoses, study suggests

Drop in new opioid prescriptions to benzodiazepine patients could reduce overdoses, study suggests

People taking opioids and benzodiazepines together are far more likely to overdose Benzodiazepines are typically prescribed as a sleep aid and to treat anxiety New opioid prescriptions for those taking benzodiazepines halved from 2010 to 2015 (CNN)The mixing of opioid medications and benzodiazepines has been found by the National Institutes of Health to be a significant factor in opioid overdose deaths. But a new study suggests that co-prescriptions of benzodiazepines and opioids in the US are on the decline. Benzodiazepines, such as as lorazepam and diazepam, are typically prescribed as a sleep aid and to treat anxiety. Opioids, such as...

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