More Overdose Deaths From Anxiety Drugs

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A new study suggests that anti-anxiety medications now are playing an outsize role in overdose deaths. Benzodiazepines — like Valium and Xanax that are used to treat anxiety, panic disorders and insomnia — were involved in 6,973 overdose deaths in 2013, or about 30% of the 22,767 prescription drug overdoses that year. Via New York Times. Posted February 25, 2016.

–Alanna McCatty


Alanna McCatty

Alanna McCatty

Alanna McCatty is founder and CEO of McCatty Scholars, an organization that devises and implements financial literacy programs for students to combat the nationwide issue of the loss of educational opportunity due to the ramifications of burdensome student debt. At MedShadow, she reports on new findings and research on the side effects of prescription drugs. She is a graduate of Pace University.


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