Many prescription drug stories focus on opiates like oxycodone and hydrocodone, but benzodiazepines are involved in many prescription drug overdoses and deaths. And benzo prescription rates are rising. Many people do not realize the dangers of anti-anxiety medicines or see how they are abused.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there were 16,651 narcotic overdose deaths in 2010. Of those deaths, 30 percent of the victims tested positive for both narcotics and benzos. In addition, benzodiazepines contribute to dependence and other health problems like increased risk of falls among seniors.
Out of 13 billion visits to primary care doctors over a nine-year period (2000-2009), 12.6 percent involved prescriptions for benzos or opiates. That doesn’t even include such drugs received in other settings, such as regular hospital stays or ER visits.
You can help prevent prescription drug abuse by knowing what’s in your medicine cabinet and when and how to get rid of it. If you are in the Jacksonville area, join us Sunday, April 13, at Doctors Express (13457 Atlantic Blvd) at 3 p.m. for a quick primer on the perils in your medicine cabinet.
If you have unused prescriptions for disposal, the next DEA Drug Takeback Day is Saturday, April 26. Check their website to find a location near you or ask your local pharmacist how to dispose of medicines safely.
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