Theory[edit | edit source]
Evidence[edit | edit source]
Risks and safety[edit | edit source]
Benzodiazepines are potentially addictive drugs, and even short term use can lead to dependence.
Short-term benzodiazepine risks have been reported that use include some effects which are the opposite of the intended benefits:
Risks of long-term use of benzodiazepines include:
- cognitive deficits
- reduced quality of life
- increased risk of suicide
- increased risk for road accidents
- older adults have an increased risk of falls, dementia and death
- deaths caused by benzodiazepine overdose have been widely reported in Australia, North America and Europe
Prescription monitoring programs[edit | edit source]
Increased regulation including prescription monitoring programs are becoming increasingly used to reduce harms associated with benzodiazepine use. These programs have previously been used to reduce opioid harms.