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We Need to Talk About Benzodiazepines—Including Their Use in Drug Combinations

Opioids like heroin and fentanyl have grabbed the media and legislative spotlight—from soaring overdose fatalities to the misguided prescription restrictions and drug-induced homicide laws ostensibly intended to combat them. What’s glossed over is that our overdose crisis primarily relates to polysubstance use. Around 80 percent of deaths involving a synthetic opioid in 2016, for example, also involved another drug. When we only focus on partial data, we only come up with partially effective solutions. With our cultural narrative failing to acknowledge this, people who use drugs need to make the effort to learn more to keep ourselves safer. (Filter, USA, 04.12.2018)

https://filtermag.org/2018/12/04/we-need-to-talk-about-benzodiazepines-including-their-use-in-drug-combinations/