“Focus on Opioids May Obscure Other Drug Issues”

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“The war against the opioid epidemic in Massachusetts may be pushing another potential public health crisis into the shadows,” the Metro West Daily News reports. Anti-anxiety drugs known as benzodiazepines, like Ativan, Klonopin, and Xanax, were involved in over thirty percent of all opioid-related overdose deaths in 2014, according to a new CDC report.

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  1. “These medications, taken alone, are amongst the safest medications that doctors prescribe,” Silberman says. “They’re safer than aspirin.” Really? Benzos are safer than aspirin? That’s not what I’ve read on this website, and elsewhere. Any of the benzo withdrawal survivors here have an opinion on this statement?

    But at least the author curbs the “safer than aspirin” enthusiasm by stating,”Dr. Richard D. Lewis, who has worked in a New Bedford mental health clinic for 20 years, says doctors need to understand the deadly interaction between benzos and opiates. He maintains a blog for an addiction website called Mad in America where a recent post focuses on the deadly mix.”

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