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January 14, 1998

Benzodiazepine Use and Crash Risk in Older Patients

Author Affiliations

Margaret A.WinkerMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 1998;279(2):113-115. doi:10.1001/jama.279.2.113

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.

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