Number of Benzodiazepine Overdose Increased in Last 20 Years

While 20 years ago the number of Benzodiazepine prescriptions is 8.1 million, in 2016 it indicates at 13.5 million patients. According to the statists of overdose deaths amount rose from 0.58 per 100 thousand persons in 1999 to 3.07 in 2013.

Overdose death occur due to combined prescription of Benzodiazepine with another sedative medication. Or using with opioid (Oxycontin) and alcohol. Doctors should be informed that Benzodiazepines aren’t recommended for older patients because of high risk of stopping breathing and heart attack.