Opioid painkillers and anti-anxiety drugs – which are often prescribed in tandem – are prematurely killing a disproportionate number of white women, according to a Washington Post analysis. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just required black box warnings be placed on the safety labels of opioids and anti-anxiety drugs known as benzodiazepines, or “benzos,” explaining that taking the two drugs together was potentially lethal. The warning affected nearly 400 products in total. The Washington Post analysis involved middle-aged participants from the latest National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey and found that white women prescribed the powerful painkillers were five times more likely to also be ... Read More
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