Association of Benzodiazepine Treatment for Sleep Disorders With Drug Overdose Risk Among Young People

JAMA Network Open


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About The Study: The findings of this study suggest that benzodiazepines, compared with alternative pharmacologic treatments for common sleep disorders, were associated with an increased risk of drug overdose among young people ages 10 to 29 during the following 6-month period, especially among those with a recent opioid prescription. Drug overdose is an important safety consideration when treating young people with benzodiazepines. 

Authors: Greta A. Bushnell, Ph.D., of the Rutgers University School of Public Health in Piscataway, New Jersey, is the corresponding author. 



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