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Effect of anxiolytic and hypnotic drug prescriptions on mortality hazards: retrospective cohort study

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g1996 (Published 19 March 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g1996

Re: Effect of anxiolytic and hypnotic drug prescriptions on mortality hazards: retrospective cohort study

We have a silent epidemic of addiction to prescription drugs. Many people are hooked on analgesics, tranquilizers, antidepressants, and sleeping pills that were prescribed by their physicians. Ironically, the imprimatur of the physician’s prescription pad misleads many patients into a false sense of security and a life of addiction that the physician is often slow to diagnose or treat. It’s wise for physicians and patients to discuss the addictive potential of prescription drugs.


Competing interests: No competing interests

01 April 2014
Hugh Mann
Physician
Retired
Eagle Rock, MO, USA