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FDA urged to add black-box warning labels about deadly risk of mixing opioids with benzodiazepines
FDA urged to add black-box warning labels about deadly risk of mixing opioids with benzodiazepines

A few weeks ago we reported about new research showing that combining opioids with benzodiazepines carries a 4-times-higher risk of fatal overdose . Now we read in the Washington Post that “dozens of public health officials and academics across the country are pushing the ...

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