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Anxiety Drug Overdoses in U.S. Hit Record Levels

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  • Prescriptions for benzodiazepine anxiety drugs including Valium, Ativan and Xanax tripled from 1996 to 2013
  • The rate of overdose deaths increased more than 500 percent during the same time period
  • Benzodiazepines are highly addictive and especially dangerous when taken long term or combined with opioid drugs or alcohol

By Dr. Mercola

Prescription drug overdoses have become alarmingly common in the U.S., with opioid painkillers, such as Vicodin and Oxycontin, among the drugs most frequently making headlines.


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