Benzodiazepine Abuse (cont.)
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Benzodiazepine Abuse Prognosis
Benzodiazepine abuse or addiction often occurs with other problems (comorbidity). For example, individuals who abuse benzodiazepines often also abuse opiates.
Although benzodiazepines are commonly abused, they rarely cause serious illness or death unless combined with other drugs. Consultation with poison specialists is usually unnecessary. A psychiatrist, however, is often asked to interview anyone seen in the emergency department before sending the person home. This is done if there is any concern that the overdose was swallowed intentionally and that the person may be at risk of harming himself or herself or others.
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