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Lives Lost to a Prescription Overshadowed by Opioid Crisis

Posted 11/5/2019

By Collette Bordelon

The opioid epidemic has gotten a lot of attention, and rightfully so, but another kind of prescription drug also has deadly consequences, especially when combined with opioids. Benzodiazepines, like Xanax or Valium, are used to treat anxiety, and the National Institute on Drug Abuse reported 11,537 overdose deaths in 2017 due to a combination of benzodiazepines and opioids.

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