Fewer medicines diverted from legal supply chain to black market
MHRA figures focus on diversion of potentially dangerous prescription medicines diazepam, nitrazepam, temazepam zopiclone and zolpidem Related items fromOnMedica Millions of unapproved antibiotics being sold in India Multidisciplinary prescribing can help reduce errors Health innovation hampered by drive for profit, report warns GP prescribing of opioids is still rising Medical cannabis should be made legal, say MPs (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - February 12, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Huge rise in Americans taking anxiety drug Valium for PAIN amid crackdown on opioid prescriptions
Benzodiazepines have side effects that are eerily similar to opioids, including the potential for addiction and suppressed breathing. There is also little evidence they work as a good alternative for pain. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 1, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Use of Valium and Xanax for pain rising in U.S.
(Reuters Health) - A growing number of people in the U.S. are taking anti-anxiety drugs like Valium and Xanax not just for anxiety or depression but also for chronic pain, researchers say. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - February 1, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Steep Climb In Benzodiazepine Prescribing By Primary Care Doctors
U.S. prescriptions for Valium, Ativan and other benzodiazepines have shot up since 2003, statistics show, especially for chronic pain. Roughly half those prescriptions are from primary care providers.(Image credit: Bloomberg/Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - January 25, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rhitu Chatterjee Source Type: news

Benzos, Opioids and Z-Drugs: Deadly Combos
With all the news media accounts and reports from governmental health organizations about the opioid epidemic, including the 70,237 drug overdose deaths in 2017, a newly emerging threat is gaining attention: use and misuse of benzodiazepines, opioid drugs and Z-drugs. Specifically, combining these three drugs can create a deadly combination that snuffs out lives. Benzodiazepine Overdose Deaths on the Rise Benzodiazepines, a class of sedative narcotic drugs including Xanax and Valium used to treat anxiety, insomnia and other disorders and classified as Schedule IV under the Controlled Substances Act by the Drug Enforcement ...
Source: Psych Central - January 23, 2019 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Suzanne Kane Tags: Addictions Substance Abuse Suicide Source Type: news

Long-term use of benzodiazepine may lead to increased suicide risk
(Natural News) Benzodiazepines are a class of drugs, which include Valium, Xanax, and Klonopin, that are commonly used to treat anxiety and insomnia. Unfortunately, these drugs have been associated with side effects such as increased suicide risk. This information is supported by a study recently published in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society, which showed that... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - January 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How benzos and Xanax culture propel the opioid crisis
Why have benzodiazepines like Valium and Xanax been involved in a large number of Canadian opioid overdose deaths? (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - January 9, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Radio/Front Burner Source Type: news

The common pill that's killing in the shadow of the opioid crisis
Benzodiazepines, a group of sedatives that include medications like Valium, Xanax and Ativan, have been prescribed for half a century. But when combined with opioids, the results can be lethal. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - January 7, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Nova Scotia Source Type: news

Evidence Shows Abuse of Xanax, Valium on the Rise
The statistics also revealed that benzodiazepine use among adults is more than twice as high as previously reported, with nearly 13 percent using the drugs within the past year. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - December 27, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

More Evidence That Abuse of Xanax, Valium Is on the Rise
(Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry - December 27, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Pharmacy, Psychiatry, Dependence, News, Source Type: news

More Evidence That Abuse of Xanax, Valium Is on the Rise
THURSDAY, Dec. 27, 2018 -- About one in every five people who take Valium, Xanax and other benzodiazepines are misusing the potentially addictive medication, U.S. survey data show. The statistics also revealed that benzodiazepine use among adults is... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - December 27, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Rosemary displays a powerful anti-anxiety effect, similar to diazepam but without the side effects
(Natural News) More than 500 million people suffer from anxiety worldwide. Because of this very alarming statistic, researchers are focusing on finding treatments for this condition. Natural products are good alternatives to anti-anxiety drugs because of their potency and safety. Researchers from Iran showed that rosemary, a commonly used medicinal plant, has potential use as a treatment... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - December 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medical News Today: What's the difference between Valium and Xanax?
Valium and Xanax are both benzodiazepines. As sedatives, they have some uses in treating anxiety, but the two can cause slightly different side effects and interactions, and both can result in dependency and withdrawal. Learn more about the differences between Valium and Xanax here. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - December 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Anxiety / Stress Source Type: news

Diazepam Film Shows Promise for Poor Seizure Control
(MedPage Today) -- Buccal film placed successfully during seizure clusters (Source: MedPage Today Neurology)
Source: MedPage Today Neurology - December 6, 2018 Category: Neurology Source Type: news

Dundee street valium crisis: The highest rate of drug deaths in Europe
As Scotland launches its first drugs strategy for a decade, we speak to friends and family of "street valium" victims. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - November 29, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Lavender really is relaxing: The fragrant flower may be a safer alternative to anti-anxiety drugs 
Researchers from Kagoshima University, Japan, found that mice show less signs of anxiety when they smell the fragrant flower, which could be used instead of Xanax and Valium. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Trilobites: Lavender ’ s Soothing Scent Could Be More Than Just Folk Medicine
In mice, researchers found that some components of lavender odor had effects on anxiety similar to taking Valium. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - October 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: JOANNA KLEIN Tags: Lavender Smells and Odors Anxiety and Stress Mice Research Brain Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience Kashiwadani, Hideki Herbs Source Type: news

Xanax, Valium Tied to Higher Suicide Risk in COPD Patients With PTSD
(Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry - October 16, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Pharmacy, Psychiatry, Pulmonology, News, Source Type: news

Xanax, Valium Tied to Higher Suicide Risk in COPD Patients With PTSD
TUESDAY, Oct. 16, 2018 -- People suffering from two common conditions -- post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and the breathing disorder known as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) -- may be increasing their risk for suicide if they take... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - October 16, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Neurelis Files New Drug Application for Valtoco (diazepam nasal spray), an Investigational Treatment for Pediatric, Adolescent and Adult Epilepsy Patients
SAN DIEGO, CA – Sept. 25, 2018 -- Neurelis, Inc. today announced that the company has submitted a New Drug Application (NDA) with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for Valtoco (diazepam nasal spray) as a treatment for epilepsy patients... (Source: Drugs.com - New Drug Applications)
Source: Drugs.com - New Drug Applications - September 25, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

1 in 4 Seniors Who Take Xanax, Valium Use Them Long Term
Title: 1 in 4 Seniors Who Take Xanax, Valium Use Them Long TermCategory: Health NewsCreated: 9/10/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 9/11/2018 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Senior Health General)
Source: MedicineNet Senior Health General - September 11, 2018 Category: Geriatrics Source Type: news

1 in 4 Seniors Who Take Xanax, Valium Use Them Long Term
(Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry - September 10, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Family Medicine, Geriatrics, Neurology, Psychiatry, Dependence, News, Source Type: news

1 in 4 Seniors Who Take Xanax, Valium Use Them Long Term
MONDAY, Sept. 10, 2018 -- When older people use drugs like Valium or Xanax to calm anxiety or help them sleep, they run a high risk of becoming drug-dependent, new research suggests. In the study of almost 600 adults averaging 78 years of age,... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - September 10, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

An Update on EMS Medication Shortages
Medication shortages that affect EMS, although declining over the last eight years, have become persistent. The supply of staple drugs that are frequently used by EMS remains chronically unstable. Atropine, epinephrine, lidocaine, dextrose, fentanyl, diazepam and others reappear with frequency on the drug shortage lists around the country. Most recently, the national inventory of IV infusion bags of sodium chloride (i.e., normal saline solution) and dextrose 5%, have been affected. There are several reasons we experience these shortages. The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has researched the causes of drug...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - September 7, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Vincent D. Robbins, FACPE, FACHE Tags: Columns Exclusive Articles Administration and Leadership Operations Source Type: news

An Update on EMS Medication Shortages
Medication shortages that affect EMS, although declining over the last eight years, have become persistent. The supply of staple drugs that are frequently used by EMS remains chronically unstable. Atropine, epinephrine, lidocaine, dextrose, fentanyl, diazepam and others reappear with frequency on the drug shortage lists around the country. Most recently, the national inventory of IV infusion bags of sodium chloride (i.e., normal saline solution) and dextrose 5%, have been affected. There are several reasons we experience these shortages. The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has researched the causes of drug...
Source: JEMS Operations - September 7, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Vincent D. Robbins, FACPE, FACHE Tags: Columns Exclusive Articles Administration and Leadership Operations Source Type: news

An Update on EMS Medication Shortages
Medication shortages that affect EMS, although declining over the last eight years, have become persistent. The supply of staple drugs that are frequently used by EMS remains chronically unstable. Atropine, epinephrine, lidocaine, dextrose, fentanyl, diazepam and others reappear with frequency on the drug shortage lists around the country. Most recently, the national inventory of IV infusion bags of sodium chloride (i.e., normal saline solution) and dextrose 5%, have been affected. There are several reasons we experience these shortages. The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has researched the causes of drug...
Source: JEMS Special Topics - September 7, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Vincent D. Robbins, FACPE, FACHE Tags: Columns Exclusive Articles Administration and Leadership Operations Source Type: news

Methylphenidate best drug for hyperactive kids in short-term
But consider non-drug options first, concludes pooled analysis of data from 133 trials Related items fromOnMedica Monthly testing with isotretinoin might be unnecessary CBT helps children to kick obsessions Lorazepam no better than diazepam for child seizures Broader definition of ADHD raises risk of needless treatment One in 10 children in phase I cancer trials respond to drugs (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - August 8, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Cities that are running out of water can now safely remove at least some pharmaceuticals from recycled water and wastewater
(Natural News) If cities are forced to recycle water, they’ll need to find a way to filter out pharmaceuticals – such as the widely used anxiety drug Diazepam – from wastewater. So, South African researchers have developed titanium dioxide nanofibers that can remove drugs from water, reported ScienceDaily. The fibers are the brainchild of a... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - August 2, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Opioids Are Over-Prescribed In Patients On Benzodiazepines
BOSTON (CBS) — Opioids can be risky when taken alone, but when taken with sedatives called benzodiazepines, the combination can be particularly dangerous, even deadly. Yet, according to a recent study in JAMA Psychiatry, the chances of receiving a new opioid prescription is 83%  higher for patients on benzodiazepines compared with the general population. Benzodiazepines include medications like Valium, Xanax, Klonopin, and Ativan. Both opioids and benzodiazepines can cause drowsiness and can suppress the part of the brain which controls your breathing, so if you use too much of either one or ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - April 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Healthwatch Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall opioid crisis opioids Source Type: news

Doctors Warned About Prescribing Sedatives And Opioids
BOSTON (CBS) — Opioids can be risky when taken alone, but when taken with sedatives called benzodiazepines, the combination can be particularly dangerous, even deadly. Yet, according to a recent study in JAMA Psychiatry, the chances of receiving a new opioid prescription is 83%  higher for patients on benzodiazepines compared with the general population. Benzodiazepines include medications like Valium, Xanax, Klonopin, and Ativan. Both opioids and benzodiazepines can cause drowsiness and can suppress the part of the brain which controls your breathing, so if you use too much of either one or ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - April 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Healthwatch Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall opioid crisis opioids Source Type: news

Could a day at Stansted cure my fear of flying – or will I always need Valium and a fizzy wine chaser?
For too many years Suzanne Moore has not been able to board a flight without a stiff drink and, preferably, tranquillisers. Could a ‘Fearless Flyer’ course at Stansted help her overcome her terror?‘What sort of person gets leathered in a Wetherspoons in Gatwick at 10am?” I saw someone tweet this recently and I’m afraid I took it personally. I mean, I obviously don’t quite do that. But when I turn up at an airport I do always have a sudden urge to go to one of those weird seafood bars and neck as much fizzy wine as possible. I have not got on a plane without booze and usually drugs inside...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - April 16, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Suzanne Moore Tags: Flights Air transport Psychology Health & wellbeing Airline industry Travel Source Type: news

Beta Blockers vs. Valium
Title: Beta Blockers vs. ValiumCategory: MedicationsCreated: 3/29/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 3/29/2018 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Medications General)
Source: MedicineNet Medications General - March 29, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Seizures of psychoactive drugs double in Scotland
More than two million tablets, including Valium, were found by Police Scotland last year. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - March 27, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Comparing the effects of oxazepam and diazepam in actual highway driving and neurocognitive test performance: a validation study - Jongen S, Vuurman EFPM, Ramaekers JG, Vermeeren A.
OBJECTIVE: Screening of drug-induced performance impairment is needed to provide meaningful information for users and prescribers regarding the impact of drugs on driving. The main objective was to assess the effects of oxazepam 10  mg (OXA10), oxazepam 30... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 6, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Xanax, Valium Looking Like America ’ s Next Drug Crisis
(Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry - February 22, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Family Medicine, Neurology, Pharmacy, Psychiatry, Dependence, Preventive Medicine, News, Source Type: news

Xanax, Valium Looking Like America's Next Drug Crisis
THURSDAY, Feb. 22, 2018 -- America is well aware of its opioid epidemic, but there's a hidden crisis brewing with prescription sedatives such as Xanax and Valium, a new review warns. Known as benzodiazepines, overdose deaths involving these... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - February 22, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Removing globally-used anxiety drug from recycled and wastewater at low cost
(University of Johannesburg) Researchers can now remove the anxiety drug Diazepam from recycled water and wastewater, using low-cost titanium dioxide nanofibers. First marketed as Valium, Diazepam is available in hundreds of brands. The drug is one of three benzodiapezines in the World Health Organisation list of essential medicines, but is also widely abused as an addictive prescription drug. In cities running out of water, removing pharmaceuticals from wastewater in a simple, low cost way is becoming a priority. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 20, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Common drugs like Valium and Imodium increase stroke risk
Among commonly prescribed drugs were the painkiller codeine, anti-depressants such as Valium, and beta-blockers. Those that can be bought in chemists included the hayfever remedy Piriton. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Common drugs increase the chances of dying from a stroke
Among commonly prescribed drugs were the painkiller codeine, anti-depressants such as Valium, and beta-blockers. Those that can be bought in chemists included the hayfever remedy Piriton. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock was on a "sedative-hypnotic" mind-altering psychiatric medication - autopsy report
(Natural News) Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock was taking mind-altering psychiatric medications at the time he carried out the Mandalay Bay mass shooting, reveal autopsy records obtained by the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “Amounts of nordiazepam, oxazepam and temazepam, which are consistent with the anti-anxiety drug Valium, were found in his urine, a toxicology report shows,”... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - February 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The 8th Annual Alexander Awards: The Best Tox Reading of 2017
Alexander Gettler Once again, last year’s outstanding examples of long-form journalism dealing with topics related to medical toxicology were dominated by coverage of the opioid crisis, its origins and the resulting carnage. The must-read article of the year was “The Family That Built a Empire of Pain,” Patrick Radden Keefe’s massive history of the Sacklers, one of America’s richest clans, much of whose wealth comes from their ownership of Purdue Pharma and the marketing and distribution of Oxycontin. The article, which appeared in the New Yorker, notes that the clan’s patriarch, Ar...
Source: The Poison Review - January 2, 2018 Category: Toxicology Authors: Leon Gussow Tags: Medical 2017 Alexander awards opioids Purdue Pharma Sackler Source Type: news

6 Questions You MUST Ask Before Checking into Rehab: An Interview with VH1 Addiction Counselor Bob Forrest
The gentleman on the other end of the telephone line has seen the best and worst of humanity and has soared and stumbled, struggled and survived. He emerged from the throes of addiction to claim a new identity; Rehab Bob. According to his website, “Bob Forrest lived a drug-fueled life in the L.A. indie rock scene of the ’80s and ’90s as the frontman for Thelonious Monster. He was known as one of the worst junkies in Hollywood at the time. But after 24 stints in rehab, he finally got sober in 1996. Since then he has dedicated his life to becoming a drug counselor who specializes in reaching the u...
Source: Psych Central - November 24, 2017 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Edie Weinstein, MSW, LSW Tags: Addictions Interview Substance Abuse Treatment Addiction Recovery Alcoholism Celebrity Rehab Drug rehabilitation opiate addiction opioid crisis Source Type: news

Crippling toll of the new valium ruining lives of MILLIONS
GABA drugs are increasingly being used to treat nerve pain such as diabetic neuropathy (a complication of diabetes), shingles pain and trigeminal neuralgia (severe facial pain). (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Untried and unethical: why Nevada's new lethal injection crosses a line
As more drug companies prevent sales of their products for execution, some US states have seized on new, untried drug combinations – raising big ethical issuesToday, Scott Raymond Dozier was scheduled to be executed by lethal injection in Nevada ’s Ely State Prison. However, the execution has been postponed over concerns around the untested drug combination proposed as the method of death. The postponement is the latest incident in a series of controversial state executions carried out in the United States this year, and brings to the for eground many concerns and ethical issues around state execution – n...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 14, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Kathryn Harkup Tags: Science Capital punishment Drugs Chemistry World news US news Florida Ethics Source Type: news

Xanax vs. Valium
Title: Xanax vs. ValiumCategory: MedicationsCreated: 11/3/2017 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 11/3/2017 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Medications General)
Source: MedicineNet Medications General - November 3, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Diazepam Injection, USP (Currently in Shortage)
Drug Shortage (Source: FDA Drug Shortages)
Source: FDA Drug Shortages - October 23, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Pregabalin: Spending on 'new valium' greater in north
A charity says prescribers of pregabalin need to be vigilant about a drug that was linked to 111 deaths in a year. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - October 11, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Dangers of drug Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock was taking
Doctors warn it is highly unlikely - if not impossible - for diazepam to drive a person to shoot more than 500 people. But many agree that it can have risky adverse effects if the patient isn't monitored. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 4, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Diazepam Injection, USP (Updated - Currently in Shortage)
Drug Shortage (Source: FDA Drug Shortages)
Source: FDA Drug Shortages - September 28, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news