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Approach to Evaluate the Effects of Concomitant Prescribing of Opioids and Benzodiazepines on Veteran Deaths and Suicides. Consensus Study Report

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Edition: 1st
Publisher: National Academies Press
ISBN: 0-309-49599-7 (0309495997)
ISBN-13: 978-0-309-49599-8 (9780309495998)
Format: Proceedings
Binding: Softcover
Copyright: 2019
Publish Date: 01/19
Weight: 0.43 Lbs.
Pages: 98
Subject Class: SCI (Medical Science and Research)
Return Policy: Returns accepted up to 18 months
 
Class Specifications
Discipline: Psychiatry
Subject Definition: Opioid-Related Disorders; Suicide-Prevention & Control
NLM Class: WM 284
LC Class: RC568
Abstract: Opioid prescriptions for acute and chronic pain increased dramatically from the late 1990s into the current decade in both the civilian and the Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense treatment environments. Similarly, prescriptions for benzodiazepines also increased significantly for anxiety and insomnia. Combinations of opioid and benzodiazepines have proven fatal when taken concurrently, with research demonstrating this phenomenon for nearly 40 years. This issue is exacerbated within the veteran population because of higher rates of pain, anxiety and other related health issues due to military life. An evaluation of the relationship between opioid and benzodiazepine medication practices at the VA is necessary to improve treatment for mental health and combat-related trauma for veterans.

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