Margaret A.WinkerMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor
To the Editor.—Dr Hemmelgarn and colleagues1went beyond the limits of their data in reporting
that use of long half-life benzodiazepines by elderly individuals increased
crashes involving personal injury. The conclusion that benzodiazepine use
by elderly drivers is "an area of particular public health concern"1is not supported by the evidence presented.
Green J, Wintfeld N. Benzodiazepine Use and Crash Risk in Older Patients. JAMA. 1998;279(2):113-115. doi:10.1001/jama.279.2.113