This Prescription Drug is Implicated in Almost a Third of All Opioid Overdose Deaths

THE HUFFINGTON POST (03/15) – Opioid overdose deaths are at a record high in the U.S., and deaths from prescription painkillers, including oxycodone, hydrocodone and methadone, are implicated in almost half of all cases. Less well known is the fact that benzodiazepines, such as Xanax and Valium, prescription tranquilizers used to treat anxiety, insomnia and seizures, are involved in about 30 percent of those prescription opioid deaths, perhaps due to deadly interactions. Read more

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