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Association between concurrent use of prescription opioids and benzodiazepines and overdose: retrospective analysis.

Sun EC, Dixit A, Humphreys K, et al. Association between concurrent use of prescription opioids and benzodiazepines and overdose: retrospective analysis. BMJ. 2017;356:j760. doi:10.1136/bmj.j760.

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May 17, 2017
Sun EC, Dixit A, Humphreys K, et al. BMJ. 2017;356:j760.

Concurrent use of opioids and benzodiazepines increases risk for adverse drug events. This retrospective analysis of medical claims found that the risk of emergency department visit was greater for patients with concurrent use of these two medication classes compared to patients on opioids alone. This finding supports the recommendation to avoid coprescribing these two medication classes.

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Sun EC, Dixit A, Humphreys K, et al. Association between concurrent use of prescription opioids and benzodiazepines and overdose: retrospective analysis. BMJ. 2017;356:j760. doi:10.1136/bmj.j760.