According to the study conducted at Stanford University it has been proved that the doctors in United States are more dependent on sedatives for treating their patients. There has been consistent rise in use of powerful drugs and narcotic painkillers. This is believed to be the biggest cause of medication-related deaths.
The study analyzed that around 30 percent of total narcotic painkiller related deaths is due to high use of sedatives and narcotic painkillers. The study also pointed out high use of these sedatives could lead to severe problems in older age, more visits to emergency department and high drug dependence.
The lead investigator of the study, Dr. Sean Mackey, director of the Stanford Systems Neuroscience and Pain Lab explains, “More research is needed to [identify] the reason behind the increase in benzodiazepine prescription, and a national effort is needed to highlight the danger of co-prescription of benzodiazepines and opioids.”