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2022 Mar

Explor Res Clin Soc Pharm


A descriptive analysis of concomitant opioid and benzodiazepine medication use and associated adverse drug events in United States adults between 2009 and 2018.


In 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published guidelines for prescribing opioids for chronic pain in response to the opioid epidemic and recommended avoiding concomitant use of opioid and benzodiazepine medications whenever possible. However, based on a recent report, 16% of overdose deaths involving opioids also involved benzodiazepines.