The New York Times reports on a British Medical Journal study finding that regular users of prescription sleep aids are five times more likely to die over a two and a half year period. Heavy users are also more likely to develop cancer. The article notes the exploding use of sleeping pills, despite evidence of limited effectiveness.
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