Guess What We Heard?
Primary care doctors writing more benzodiazepine prescriptions
According to a recently published study, the percentage of outpatient medical visits resulting in a benzodiazepine prescription (e.g., Valium, Ativan and Xanax) has doubled in 12 years.
While benzodiazepines are meant for short term use, long-term prescriptions have also increased, which is cause for concern. Long-term use can result in physical dependence, addiction and death from overdose. They share many of the same characteristics as opioids.