Psychiatric drugs killing more users than heroin, cocaine, say health experts

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Psychiatric drugs killing more users than heroin, cocaine, say health experts

Post by Guest on Sun Jun 11, 2017 1:40 pm

Health professionals are sounding the alarm over the heightened risk of death linked to the use of psychiatric drugs, which was highlighted in a pair of Vancouver-based studies published this month.

Benzodiazepine (BZD) is a class of psychiatric medications known as “tranquillizers” which can reduce the body’s drive to breathe and are used to treat anxiety, sleep disorders, seizures, and other conditions. They include commonly prescribed drugs such as Valium, Xanax, and Ativan.

The first of the two studies, which involved researchers from the B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BCCfE) and the University of B.C., looked at the impact of BZD use on mortality rates and established that use of BZDs was linked to a higher risk of death than illegal drugs.



http://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/psychiatric-drugs-killing-more-users-than-heroin-cocaine-say-health-experts

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Re: Psychiatric drugs killing more users than heroin, cocaine, say health experts

Post by Raggamuffin on Sun Jun 11, 2017 1:50 pm

I didn't think doctors prescribed benzos for long-term use these days. They can be highly addictive, especially if people abuse them - which they probably do.

It doesn't say what the cause of death was for the 527 people who died. Did they take into account the reason for the patients to take benzos in the first place?

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