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Research Letter
December 20, 2021

Trends in Benzodiazepine Prescribing for US Adolescents and Young Adults From 2008 to 2019

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  • 1Division of Emergency Medicine, Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 2Department of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
JAMA Pediatr. 2022;176(3):312-313. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2021.5122

Benzodiazepines are commonly prescribed to pediatric patients despite a narrow range of approved indications.1 Like opioids, benzodiazepines are subject to prescription drug misuse and have been associated with increased risk of opioid overdose and opioid-related mortality in adolescents and young adults.2-4 Because limited information is available on the use of benzodiazepines in these age groups, we examined trends in benzodiazepine prescriptions dispensed during a 12-year period, including potential treatment indications and concurrent use with opioids.

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    Paul Nelson, MS MD | Family Health Care PC retired
    In the absence of substantial evidence that the use of benzodiazepine prescriptions will improve a person's self-sufficient survival, the resultant levels of institutional and professional codependency are profound. The Research Letter suggests trending evidence of improvement. Meanwhile, we continue to ignore our nation's lack of a nationally instituted and community-based collaborative strategy to manage the cultural traditions underlying the origins of every person's mental Health. The concept of complex adaptive systems comes to mind.