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Sleeping pills land more people in emergency room than ever before

The popular prescription sleep medication Ambien and others that contain the active ingredient zolpidem are sending an increasing number of people to the emergency room, a new study has found. Researchers with the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) pored through data from a public health surveillance system and found a near 220 percent increase from 2005 to 2010 in emergency room visits involving side effects related to these sleep aids. Zolpidem-containing drugs include the brand names Ambien, Ambien CR, Intermezzo, Stilnox and Sublinox, as well as generic versions. The medication is used to treat insomnia and, in some ... Read More

Prescription drug cocktails could be killing our combat veterans

Imagine dutifully serving and surviving your combat tours in the Middle East, only to return home and be killed by a prescription drug. That is apparently what is happening to hundreds of young military veterans coming back to the U.S. from Afghanistan and Iraq with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) who are being treated with a cocktail of anti-psychotics, anti-depressants, sleeping pills, and other prescription drugs. Stan and Shirley White of Charleston, West Virginia, were coping with the grief of losing their son Bob, a Fort Bragg paratrooper, in Afghanistan, when their other son Andrew, who had returned home from combat ... Read More

Study suggests sleeping pills increase risk of early death, cancer

People who use prescription sleeping pills to fall asleep at night may be at greater risk for early death and cancer, according to a new study published this week in the British Medical Journal. The study found that adults who take sleeping pills – even as few as 18 over the course of a year – were more likely to die early or be diagnosed with cancer than those who do not take sleeping pills. The report leaves some researchers scratching their heads. Sleeping pills can serve an important purpose for those suffering from insomnia or a sleep disorder. Untreated ... Read More