Sharp Rise in ER Visits Tied to Abuse of Sedative, Study Finds

“There’s been a steep increase in the number of Americans being treated at emergency departments for abuse of the sedative alprazolam, best known as Xanax, federal officials reported Thursday.

The number of emergency department visits related to abuse of alprazolam (brand names Xanax, Xanax XR, and Niravam) climbed from more than 57,000 in 2005 to nearly 124,000 in 2011, according to the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

In the United States, alprazolam was the most commonly prescribed psychiatric medication in 2011 and the 13th highest-selling medication in 2012, the report said.”

http://consumer.healthday.com/mental-health-information-25/addiction-news-6/jump-in-er-visits-tied-to-xanax-abuse-study-finds-688047.html

Source: HealthDay.com -May 22, 2014

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