Vim & Vigor - Winter 2016 - North Mississippi - 33
THIS JUST IN
GOOD-FOR-YOU NEWS, CUES AND REVIEWS
Fatal overdoses from antianxiety medications spiked
considerably from 1996 to 2013. Statistics show that fatal
overdoses involving antianxiety drugs-benzodiazepines
such as Valium and Xanax-reached 3.07 per 100,000 adults
in 2013, up from 0.58 per 100,000 in 1996.
When these drugs are taken with other drugs or alcohol,
the results can be deadly. And research suggests that special
caution be exercised with the elderly because of side
effects that may be more pronounced in this population,
such as sedation.
Bottom line: If you suffer from anxiety, panic
disorders or insomnia, talk to a doctor or a behavioral
health specialist about the risks and benefits of
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WINTE R 2016
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