• Despite risks, opioid users more likely to receive sedating medications

    8 days ago - By Healio

    Individuals who used or abused opioids were significantly more likely to receive sedating medications, including benzodiazepines, than those who did not use opioids, data show.
    Opioid use can lead to sleep disruptions, Andrew S. Tubbs, BSc, an MD/PhD candidate at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, told Healio Primary Care. Sedating medications for poor sleep, when combined with opioids, may suppress respiratory drive, he said.
    “The literature on sleep and opioids is still relatively small for how extensive a problem opioid use is,” Tubbs said. “Furthermore, the
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