Another manufactured epidemic…

12/19/2014, Long-Term Benzo Use Rampant in Older Patients

Long-term use — defined as filled prescriptions for supplies of at least 120 days — also rose with age.

That’s an awfully small amount of time to define as “long-term use.”  How silly does this look: Long-Term Insulin Use Rampant in Diabetics?  Is it only defined as long-term use if the drug is treating a mental condition, like anxiety?   (Or using opioids to treat a chronic pain condition?)

Olfson and colleagues suggested that, because of these factors, many older patients are effectively addicted to benzodiazepines and their physicians should seek to withdraw them.

“Effectively addicted”?  Is this a new term?  You’ll notice that this article never mentions what the problem is… As long as the medical industry can say “this patient is addicted,” then you’re automatically in need of some kind of treatment, but for what?  Just for the use of the drug? What were the adverse conditions happening in this patient population in regards to benzos?

“The next step is to consider them the same as other dangerous addictive substances and put them on a tight dispensation schedule using limited-duration prescriptions with no refills,” Moore and colleagues wrote. “Such barriers could help the public and prescribers think more about these risks before prescribing or using benzodiazepines.”

Okay, it’s time for the medical industry to come after benzos… Hey, benzos, the opioids say, “Welcome to the party!”

Olfson and colleagues asserted that most clinicians are aware of guidelines cautioning against long-term benzodiazepines in geriatric patients, but many don’t believe that it “poses a serious clinical threat.”

Okay, so there’s a serious clinical threat — that’s the case with almost every drug.  But where’s the information that says there’s an actual problem in older patients?

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