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Benzos added to fentanyl causing hard-to-revive overdose problems

Vancouver - A drug chemically similar to medication for anxiety and sleep disorders that is being cut into heroin and fentanyl is suspected of contributing to a spate of overdoses that leave some users unconscious for hours at a time.

Sleeping tablets connected to risk of Alzheimer’s disease

A new research study finds that benzodiazepines and related drugs (so-called Z drugs) are linked with a small increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

Overdose deaths from benzodiazepines soaring in U.S.

The use of drugs to combat anxiety, insomnia and mood disorders has increased three-fold in the United States since 1996, while the number of overdoses has quadrupled says a new study, and researchers aren't sure why this is happening.

Op-Ed: Vet documents show SeaWorld uses valium-type drugs for cetaceans

Still battling controversy in the wake of the documentary Blackfish, court-filed documents reveal that SeaWorld has doped several killer whales with benzodiazepines — a class of drug that includes Valium and Xanax.

Caution urged in use of Benzodiazepines in the elderly

Every year, one in every three older adults will fall, sometimes resulting in serious injuries, like hip fractures, broken arms or brain injuries. Falls are also the leading cause of severe injury and death in the elderly.

Addictive drugs like valium (diazepam) may also shrink your brain

Once regarded as wonder drugs against anxiety, depression and other undesirable mental states, these medicines are under scrutiny now that a 30- year-old, leaked study shows that risks and dangers were known early on, yet the drugs were prescribed anyway.

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