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Comment & Response
June 2015

The Popularity of Benzodiazepines, Their Advantages, and Inadequate Pharmacological Alternatives

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  • 1University of Sydney, Sydney Medical School–Nepean, Discipline of Psychiatry, Sydney, Australia
JAMA Psychiatry. 2015;72(6):623-624. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2014.3248

To the Editor In an article, Olfson et al1 reported higher rates of long-term benzodiazepine use among older adults in the United States. They assumed that benzodiazepines are prescribed to older individuals mainly for insomnia and anxiety and stated alarmingly that “most physicians do not view continuous use of benzodiazepines by older adults as a public health problem.”

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