In United States in 2010, over 30,000 drug overdoses occurred, 58% of which involved prescription medications. Of these prescription medications, three fourths included opioid medications, while almost 30% included benzodiazepine medications such as Valium. Interestingly, 18% included antidepressants.
Of all the prescription medication fatalities, three fourths were unintentional, while 17% were deemed to be suicides. Data from the CDC showed some very interesting findings when it came to the opioid medication overdose fatalities. In those deaths, 30% of those individuals were also taking benzodiazepines at the same time, while 13% with taking antidepressants along with the opioids.
Statistics show that medications for mental health are often involved in overdose deaths. One study out of the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry has shown that patients with mental health issues have an increased risk for an overdose death. The CDC statistics seem to support the study as well.
Individuals who have a mental health disorder were shown in that study to receive higher doses of narcotics and were also more likely to escalate the doses themselves rather than allowing the physician to control the dosing.
One of the main takeaways from the statistics is that when an individual is dealing with chronic pain situation requiring opioid medications, that individual should be screened for mental health conditions as well. Both opioids and benzodiazepines have some abuse potential, which can be exacerbated in those with mental health disorders.
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