Anti-anxiety, sleeping meds tied to increased risk of death

The New York Times reports that a study published in the BMJ has tied “several common anti-anxiety drugs and sleeping pills to an increased risk of death.”

After following some 34,727 people who filled prescriptions for either sleeping aids of medications to combat anxiety for seven years and then comparing them to 69,418 control individuals who did not file any prescriptions for anti-anxiety or sleep medicines, then adjusting for confounding factors, “researchers found that people who took the drugs had more than double the risk of death.”

The bottom line? These are likely not safe drugs to take on an ongoing basis.

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