Research published yesterday in the British Medical Journal, on 34,727 patients age 16 years and older (age- and gender-matched against 69,418 controls) finds that anxiolytic and hypnotic drugs doubled the risk of mortality over a seven-year period.
Weich, S., Pearce, H., Croft, P., Singh, S., et al; Effect of anxiolytic and hypnotic drug prescriptions on mortality hazards: retrospective cohort study. British Medical Journal. March 19, 2014. 348. doi: 10.1136/bmj.g1996