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Benzodiazepine prescribing patterns and deaths from drug overdose among US veterans receiving opioid analgesics: case-cohort study.

Overview of attention for article published in British Medical Journal, January 2015
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9 news outlets
blogs
3 blogs
policy
1 policy source
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238 tweeters
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10 Facebook pages
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2 Google+ users

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Title
Benzodiazepine prescribing patterns and deaths from drug overdose among US veterans receiving opioid analgesics: case-cohort study.
Published in
British Medical Journal, January 2015
DOI 10.1136/bmj.h2698
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Tae Woo Park, Richard Saitz, Dara Ganoczy, Mark A Ilgen, Amy S B Bohnert

Abstract

To study the association between benzodiazepine prescribing patterns including dose, type, and dosing schedule and the risk of death from drug overdose among US veterans receiving opioid analgesics. Case-cohort study. Veterans Health Administration (VHA), 2004-09. US veterans, primarily male, who received opioid analgesics in 2004-09. All veterans who died from a drug overdose (n=2400) while receiving opioid analgesics and a random sample of veterans (n=420 386) who received VHA medical services and opioid analgesics. Death from drug overdose, defined as any intentional, unintentional, or indeterminate death from poisoning caused by any drug, determined by information on cause of death from the National Death Index. During the study period 27% (n=112 069) of veterans who received opioid analgesics also received benzodiazepines. About half of the deaths from drug overdose (n=1185) occurred when veterans were concurrently prescribed benzodiazepines and opioids. Risk of death from drug overdose increased with history of benzodiazepine prescription: adjusted hazard ratios were 2.33 (95% confidence interval 2.05 to 2.64) for former prescriptions versus no prescription and 3.86 (3.49 to 4.26) for current prescriptions versus no prescription. Risk of death from drug overdose increased as daily benzodiazepine dose increased. Compared with clonazepam, temazepam was associated with a decreased risk of death from drug overdose (0.63, 0.48 to 0.82). Benzodiazepine dosing schedule was not associated with risk of death from drug overdose. Among veterans receiving opioid analgesics, receipt of benzodiazepines was associated with an increased risk of death from drug overdose in a dose-response fashion.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 2 1%
Spain 1 <1%
United Kingdom 1 <1%
Unknown 141 97%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 25 17%
Student > Master 24 17%
Other 17 12%
Student > Postgraduate 14 10%
Student > Ph. D. Student 14 10%
Other 51 35%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 81 56%
Unspecified 15 10%
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutical Science 14 10%
Nursing and Health Professions 10 7%
Social Sciences 8 6%
Other 17 12%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 254. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 08 August 2018.
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#38,599
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Outputs from British Medical Journal
#726
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#960
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Outputs of similar age from British Medical Journal
#30
of 658 outputs
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