The NYC Department of Health reports that 30% of the city’s 2009 overdose deaths were tied to benzodiazepines, and that benzo-related emergency room visits have increased 50% from 2004 to 2009. Benzos “could turn a relatively mild overdose into something that could be fatal,” said a NYC psychiatrist. One mental health network in Louisville, KY, has stopped prescribing the drug. “The problem is, in terms of longer term treatment, there are really much better treatments that have better outcomes” said a network psychiatrist.
Prescription drug deaths prompt call for monitoring
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