Fatal ODs From Illicit Tranquilizers Jumped 6-Fold During Pandemic

August 26, 2021


Opioids and benzodiazepines both depress a person's breathing, and the combination is more likely to cause you to stop drawing breath, said Dr. Leigh Vinocur, a spokeswoman with the American College of Emergency Physicians.

"When you take them together, it definitely makes it worse and creates a bigger chance for overdose," Vinocur said.

Aussem noted that research suggests the combination "can raise the risk factor of an overdose by a factor of 10 as compared to prescribing opioids alone."

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